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Asda faces mass action on equal pay
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:13:49 GMT

Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in its stores.

UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:37 GMT

UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.

Ukraine-Russia 'consensus' over gas
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:29:26 GMT

Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.

Ford profits fall on new truck costs
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:10:05 GMT

Ford reports a sharp fall in profits, largely due to the cost of developing its new F-150 pickup truck.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:22:26 GMT

The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:06:58 GMT

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:09:29 GMT

Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.

Hailo says Uber blocked investors
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:35 GMT

After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

Standalone TSB picks up customers
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:47:21 GMT

Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.

Rental costs 'up 1% in a year'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:30:01 GMT

The cost of renting a home in Britain rose by 1% in the year to September, with the fastest growth seen in London and Scotland, official statistics show.

Spirit Pubs rejects offer from C&C
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:15:29 GMT

Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.

Job centres to get digital makeover
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:12:33 GMT

Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:53:37 GMT

Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

Qantas back on track to profit
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 04:28:57 GMT

Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.

Amazon reports increased losses
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:43 GMT

Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.

Pearson slides in FTSE downturn
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:56:45 GMT

London's leading shares dip lower in Friday morning trading, led downwards by publisher Pearson.

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:38:12 GMT

Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

Housing market in UK 'is cooling'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:27:40 GMT

Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:04:03 GMT

Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.

China's property prices decline
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:26:37 GMT

China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.

New home building at seven-year high
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:24 GMT

Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures show.

UK retail sales fall in September
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:41:03 GMT

UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.

Can data predict the perfect entrepreneur?
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:37:24 GMT

Future entrepreneurs are being cherry-picked using data analysis by a venture capital business looking to get to start-ups earlier than its competitors.

The king of discount voucher codes
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 23:26:34 GMT

How Mark Pearson, the boss of discount offers website My Voucher Codes, set up the business and became a self-made multi-millionaire.

The Chinese tycoon who loves animals
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:19:15 GMT

Huang Nubo, the founder of property and leisure giant Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, explains his unique approach to business.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:15:58 GMT

Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Caterham could miss United States GP
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:52:07 GMT

Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

World Cup ticket sales near 1m
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:49:04 GMT

A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.

VIDEO: The Indian coal mines in Australia
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:18:49 GMT

Several large Indian companies are developing their own mines in Australia, but environmentalists are concerned for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Spicing up the supermarket shelves
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:29 GMT

India's Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) shows how many Indians' lifestyles are changing - it's now selling pre-packed spices to its customers.

VIDEO: Namibian house prices create slums
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:34:40 GMT

Tamasin Ford reports on the effects of rapidly rising house prices in Windhoek, Namibia.

VIDEO: Lesotho's trout farming fortune
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:29:48 GMT

Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.

VIDEO: WTA tennis finals 'historic moment'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:25:48 GMT

The Women's Tennis Association finals are being held in Asia for the first time. Sharanjit Leyl speaks to the chair and chief executive of the WTA, Stacey Allaster.

VIDEO: Infosys 'will be pioneer once again'
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:20:57 GMT

Infosys boss Vishal Sikka says the Indian software giant is bouncing back after struggling in recent years.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:41:09 GMT

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Future-gazing at TechCrunch London
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:41:54 GMT

As the annual TechCrunch event for tech start ups comes to London for the first time, David Grossman goes to investigate.

Elections highlight economic divisions in Brazil
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:25:44 GMT

Brazil's election highlights huge economic disparities

How to reduce your Inheritance Tax
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:26:27 GMT

How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

Silicon Valley's billion dollar failures
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:53 GMT

Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures

China's billionaires' club
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:00:09 GMT

A peek inside the richest club in China

The Brazilian walk-in siesta centres
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:09:10 GMT

Renting a cubicle for a power nap

Tesco's next move: Expert views
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:12:28 GMT

How can the supermarket turn its fortunes around?

How to manage a fast-growing firm
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:11:51 GMT

The risks facing firms that grow too fast

India's love affair with gold set to deepen
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:11:25 GMT

Why India's love affair with gold is deepening