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Bank of England bonus clawback plan
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:06 GMT

The Bank of England is expected to unveil on Wednesday a plan which may see rule-breaking bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them.

Twitter shares surge on user growth
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:48:39 GMT

Social networking service Twitter reports a second-quarter loss of $145m but better than expected user growth, sending shares surging over 35%.

BP warns of Russia sanctions risk
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:29:28 GMT

Oil giant BP reports a rise in second quarter profits to $3.2bn (£1.9bn), but warns that further economic sanctions against Russia could affect its business.

British Gas owner names new boss
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:33:06 GMT

British Gas owner Centrica announces the appointment of Iain Conn, currently BP's head of refining and marketing, as its new chief executive.

Gherkin skyscraper put up for sale
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:02 GMT

London's Gherkin skyscraper is put up for sale, with interest expected from Chinese, other Asian, and US buyers.

Personal insolvencies in sudden jump
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:18:08 GMT

There has been a sudden jump in the number of individuals becoming insolvent, in the steepest rise since 2010, according to government figures.

Aldi sales see 'record growth rate'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:04 GMT

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are booming at the expense of Tesco and Morrisons, research firm Kantar Worldpanel says.

Car firms sued over CD 'rip' system
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:29:20 GMT

A group representing musicians in the US is suing Ford and General Motors over in-car CD players which allow tracks to be stored on a hard drive.

Mortgage approvals back on the rise
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:57:53 GMT

The number of people taking out mortgages is back on the rise, according to figures from the Bank of England.

Airbus cancels Skymark contract
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:51:06 GMT

Airbus cancels its contract with Japan's Skymark Airlines for the purchase of six A380 aircraft.

Microsoft in China anti-trust probe
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:55:49 GMT

An anti-monopoly investigation into US technology giant Microsoft is launched by Chinese authorities.

Bankers should 'swear ethics oath'
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:40:22 GMT

An oath for bankers should be introduced to raise accountability and standards in banking, says a think tank.

New chairman for troubled Morrisons
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:42:26 GMT

Morrisons, Britain's fourth largest supermarket chain, announces the appointment of former Tesco finance director Andrew Higginson as its next chairman.

London Market Report
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:55 GMT

Car and plane parts maker GKN and clothing retailer Next are the biggest risers in early London trading.

UBS responds to 'dark pools' probe
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:38:20 GMT

UBS, Switzerland's biggest bank, says it is responding to US investigations surrounding a private trading system known as "dark pools".

OKCupid experiments with 'bad' matches
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:47:43 GMT

Dating website OKCupid reveals that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect.

Grouse off the shelves at M&S
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:25 GMT

Marks and Spencer says it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the way in which the game birds are killed.

House price growth 'starts to slow'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:27:19 GMT

Seven out of 10 regions of England and Wales recorded month-on-month falls in house prices in June, according to the Land Registry.

'Community banks' to avert debt trap
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:05:34 GMT

The best credit unions should be empowered to offer short-term loans that are cheaper than those offered by payday lenders, according to a report from a think tank.

Rise in younger fraudsters says KPMG
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:06:42 GMT

Frauds committed by those aged 26-35 rise 285% in the first half of the year, to just over £62m, according to research by accountants KPMG.

Kurdish oil tanker in US seizure
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:13:20 GMT

An oil tanker carrying $100m of Iraqi Kurdish oil off the coast of Texas is set to be seized by US marshals after a judge approved a seizure request from the Iraqi government.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:09 GMT

Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Strike ends in South Africa
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:01:30 GMT

A four-week strike in South Africa's steel and engineering industries has come to an end after the country's biggest trade union sealed a deal with employers.

Business gurus answer your questions
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:13:05 GMT

Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

The rise of solo dining
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:08 GMT

With a growing number of people going out for meals on their own, restaurants are increasingly seeking to appeal more to solo diners, reports Barbara Balfour.

A company born out of frustration
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:50:25 GMT

Easy Taxi founder Tallis Gomes explains how the difficulties of hailing a cab in Rio de Janeiro led him to create his smartphone app.

LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT

A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling.

Qatar 2022 'dismay' at workers' pay
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:11 GMT

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar say they are "heavily dismayed" by claims that migrants who worked on their offices are still waiting to be paid.

Fifa widens ban for Ghanaian Edusei
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:35:14 GMT

Former Ghana international Mark Edusei has a suspension for match-fixing imposed in Italy extended to a global ban by Fifa.

VIDEO: Making money out of social media
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:33 GMT

Samira Hussain reports from New York on the opportunities opened up by technology that did not even exist a few years ago.

VIDEO: What price for free wi-fi?
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:25:24 GMT

How businesses hope to learn more about us by offering free wi-fi.

VIDEO: Green lobby dismiss fracking 'hype'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:47:51 GMT

Friends of the Earth say that renewable energy and energy efficiency are more effective solution to UK energy problem than fracking

VIDEO: Strike 'will jeopardise holidays'
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:43:52 GMT

A strike over staffing and pay by thousands of passport workers 'will jeopardise holidays', says Paul McGoay of the Public and Commercial Services Union(PCS).

VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:40:11 GMT

The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog

VIDEO: The facts about global travel
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:11:12 GMT

BBC News looks at the facts about global travel.

VIDEO: Senegal farmers get cow tracker tech
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:11:32 GMT

Cattle rustling in sub-Saharan Africa comes at a huge economic and human cost. In rural Senegal, tracking cows using mobile phone tech could help.

VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:39:20 GMT

High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.

The reindeer herders battling a mine
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:08:33 GMT

The reindeer herders fighting an iron ore mine

The tech firm helping a tough area
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:27 GMT

The tech firm helping San Francisco's tough Tenderloin area

Argentina in denial over debt dispute
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:12:43 GMT

Call it something else, says Argentina's president

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:13:18 GMT

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:03:15 GMT

How did Michael Jackson help inspire a handbag firm?

Nollywood finds its global audience online
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:01:53 GMT

Nigeria's film industry finds new audiences online

The bakery in the middle of a desert
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:16 GMT

Why two Spanish sisters started a bakery in a desert

Germany's super-shy super-rich
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT

Why do Germany's super-rich so often keep their heads down?

Sharp falls in China property market
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:45:48 GMT

Sharp falls in China's property market