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Google shares fall on ad concerns
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:51:03 GMT

Shares in Google fall 5% despite reporting first-quarter profit of $3.45bn in response to worries over future income from advertising.

Virgin apologises for email glitch
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:11:12 GMT

Virgin Media apologises after some of its customers received hundreds of unwanted emails because of a distribution list error.

First Heartbleed 'hacker' arrested
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:56:43 GMT

A 19-year-old Canadian citizen is charged with hacking into the Canada Revenue Agency's website, becoming the first arrest in relation to the Heartbleed security breach.

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:21:59 GMT

China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9%
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:16:20 GMT

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.

Wage rises catch up with inflation
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:35:12 GMT

After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Tesco announces 6% fall in profit
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:30:28 GMT

UK supermarket giant Tesco announces a 6% fall in annual group trading profit to £3.3bn, the second year that profits have fallen.

Starbucks to move European HQ to UK
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:29:57 GMT

Starbucks is to move its European head office to London by the end of the year, meaning it will pay more tax in the UK, the company says.

Court clears ex-Anglo bank boss
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:46:48 GMT

The former chairman of Anglo Irish bank has been found not guilty of illegally supporting the bank's share price, the jury continues to deliberate in the case against two others.

Legal costs hit Bank of America
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:44:21 GMT

Bank of America reports a $276m first-quarter loss, after taking into account a $6bn charge for mortgage-related legal matters.

Former Co-op boss faces drug charges
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:20:23 GMT

Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Co-operative Bank and ex-Methodist Church minister, is charged with three counts of drug possession.

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:38:37 GMT

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

Remittance fees 'hurt Africans'
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:02:01 GMT

Communities in sub-Saharan Africa are being "hurt" by high fees charged by money transfer operators, charity Comic Relief says.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:35:23 GMT

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

Growth in Scottish economy slows
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:20:14 GMT

The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% in the final three months of 2013, compared with growth of 0.7% in the UK as a whole.

Credit Suisse rebuffs forex probe
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:32 GMT

Swiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said.

Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:39:00 GMT

Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

Footballer helps save pasty company
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:01:25 GMT

Former Leeds United footballer, Danny Mills, is among investors who stepped in to save 35 West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets

House prices continue to accelerate
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:32:20 GMT

The rate at which UK house prices are rising has continued to increase, official figures show, with prices up 9.1% in the year to February.

Families on 'financial knife-edge'
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:14:35 GMT

Almost 4m families have enough money to pay their rent or mortgage for only a month, if made jobless, housing charity Shelter says.

Graduate starting pay 'falling'
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:33:41 GMT

Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests

China 'must allow currency to rise'
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:28:43 GMT

The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:49 GMT

The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.

US inflation stays low in March
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:56:54 GMT

A sharp fall in petrol prices helped to keep US consumer inflation well below the Federal Reserve's 2% target in March.

The boss who wants staff to have fun
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:06:33 GMT

A profile of Henry Engelhardt, the boss of insurance group Admiral, and why he wants his staff to have fun.

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:37:42 GMT

After decades of decline, Taiwan's bamboo industry is now recovering as the plant is being used to make a wider range of goods, says the BBC's Cindy Sui.

The Whole Foods way of engaging staff
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:06:16 GMT

How can firms engage their employees? Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey explains how he motivates his staff.

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.

Hearts' banker agrees shares sale
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:11:37 GMT

Ukio Bankas creditors approve the sale of its shares in Hearts, who can now begin their move out of administration.

VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:58:26 GMT

A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.

VIDEO: Thousands of China workers on strike
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:59 GMT

Labour disputes pop up regularly in China, but one strike in southern China over pay is attracting attention because of its size - 40,000 workers are involved.

VIDEO: Is ZTE's choosy strategy working?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:54:16 GMT

ZTE has decided to pass over investing in areas where returns aren't likely to be high - its results later will show how its new strategy is paying off.

VIDEO: Price war sees Tesco profits fall 6.9%
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:52 GMT

Tesco has reported a 6.9% fall in group trading annual profit to £3.3bn as it continues to lose market share to discount rivals.

VIDEO: End of cost of living squeeze?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:47:38 GMT

Wage increases have finally risen above the rate of inflation, after four years of falling living standards.

VIDEO: Will Jelly repeat Twitter's success?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:53 GMT

Biz Stone discusses his new social app Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.

VIDEO: China's hard-hit steel industry
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:29 GMT

China's economy grew 7.4% in the first three months of the year - slightly better than expected, but below the government's target.

AUDIO: Walsh: BA will run planes on rubbish
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:49 GMT

British Airways have announced plans to run some of its jet planes on rubbish.

Fire ice: the energy of the future?
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

Could mining ice provide for all our energy needs and save the world?

Indian bike messenger firm takes off
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:32 GMT

How easy is it for Indian start-up firms to get their wheels turning?

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:00:11 GMT

Would this dessert taste different on a black plate?

How GDP became the figure to watch
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:14:47 GMT

How GDP became such an important measurement

How 3D is changing the shape of lessons
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:02:16 GMT

How 3D printing is changing the shape of lessons

The self-storage millionaires
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:13:04 GMT

The men who got rich selling empty space

Hi-tech start-ups aim for the stars
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:05:47 GMT

New tech helps small firms shoot for the stars

Steering a company in a new direction
Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:58 GMT

When implementing change brings a personal backlash