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Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:00:20 GMT

The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:07:53 GMT

Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.

Apple profits beat expectations

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:23:41 GMT

Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.

Governments clash over pension costs

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:50:12 GMT

The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.

South Korea growth beats forecasts

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:33:32 GMT

South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.

Qualcomm shares dip on weak outlook

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:35:01 GMT

Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.

Game-maker Zynga in widening loss

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:29:03 GMT

Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.

UK government hits borrowing target

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:11:54 GMT

The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:10 GMT

US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.

Portuguese bond yield falls to 3.58%

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:16 GMT

Portugal's chances of exiting its three year bailout programme have risen after the sale of 10 year government debt fell to a record low of 3.75%.

Bank raises UK growth forecast

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:46:02 GMT

The Bank of England raises its estimate of economic growth in the first quarter of the year and a CBI survey indicates robust growth in the manufacturing sector.

Primark to open its first US stores

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:26:44 GMT

Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.

EU in slow progress on deficit cuts

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT

EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.

FA hit by drop in broadcast money

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:28:53 GMT

The Football Association was hit by a £34m drop in broadcasting rights income last season compared with 2011-12.

Renewable energy projects approved

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:58:16 GMT

Eight renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, are given the green light by the government.

Property sales continue to pick up

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:39:22 GMT

UK property sales were 19% higher in March than the same month a year ago as buyers continued to return to the market, figures show.

Boeing raises 2014 profit forecast

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:51:39 GMT

US aerospace giant Boeing raises its profit forecast for 2014 as it announces a "strong" first quarter.

Patisserie Valerie plans share sale

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:16:03 GMT

The owner of the Patisserie Valerie cafe chain becomes the latest firm to plan a stock market flotation, with its listing set to raise £33m.

Monster Inc: Nessie advice for firms

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:43:58 GMT

Businesses in the Highlands have been offered free advice on how they can cash in on the Loch Ness Monster myth.

Small print 'longer than a novel'

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:36:56 GMT

Small print on some car insurance policies has a higher word count than George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, a consumer website has found.

Danger of London's 'hidden homes'

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:21:22 GMT

Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere.

Energy switching numbers 'still low'

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:43:19 GMT

Nearly two-thirds of people have never switched energy supplier - a process that could save them £200, says the energy regulator, Ofgem.

'A third' can't afford healthy food

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:06:53 GMT

High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests.

Australia to buy 58 new F-35 jets

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:48:45 GMT

Australia approves the purchase of 58 new F-35 fighter jets worth 12.4bn Australian dollars ($11.5bn; £6.8bn).

Three Scots universities leave CBI

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:21:03 GMT

Three Scottish universities become the latest organisations to quit the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate.

Bolivia raises minimum wage by 20%

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:45:22 GMT

After talks with the trade unions, Bolivia's President, Evo Morales agrees to raise the minimum wage of private and public sector workers by 20%.

Making work more than just a job

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:33:49 GMT

Most companies have value statements, but what can chief executives do to ensure they add meaning and are more than rhetoric?

The man who helps Somali firms grow

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:50:04 GMT

The BBC's Jane O'Brien profiles US-Somali investor Mohamed Ali, who returns to his African homeland to help businesses to grow and prosper.

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:13:13 GMT

Some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs talk to the BBC about how to succeed - and share some of their biggest mistakes.

R&A chief executive Dawson to retire

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:29:55 GMT

Peter Dawson is to step down as chief executive of the R&A, golf's governing body, in September 2015.

Jockey Club makes record profits

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:58:45 GMT

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

Man City players 'best paid in sport'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:57:59 GMT

Premier League players at Manchester City are the best paid in global sport, according to a new study.

The unlikely debt capital of Britain

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:09:32 GMT

The unlikely debt capital of Britain

Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:55 GMT

Firms ditching the US and Europe for tropical paradise

Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:16:58 GMT

Can energy grids cope with higher demand and volatile supply

Money on wheels: Banking goes mobile

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:03:46 GMT

The old technology bringing your bank branch to you

Portugal's return to bond market fuels recovery hopes

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:04:12 GMT

But success in the markets won't placate protesters

The trouble with technology stocks

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:12:16 GMT

Are investors calling time on tech stocks?

The price of failure at Manchester United

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:28:31 GMT

How David Moyes dented Man Utd's balance sheet