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'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:00:03 GMT

A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.

Facebook reports surge in profits
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:21:22 GMT

Social networking firm, Facebook has reported that profits more than doubled in its second quarter on a jump in advertising revenue.

Arrests made after eBay Stubhub thefts
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:56:18 GMT

Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.

Websites frozen in pension campaign
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:11:21 GMT

Eighteen websites have been suspended and arrests made during a campaign, being revamped on Thursday, against pensions cash "predators".

Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:25:20 GMT

The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.

Bank and business at odds over rates
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:44 GMT

Bank of England minutes show officials are still wary over raising interest rates while the Institute of Directors believes the Bank is being too cautious.

IMF forecasts lower US growth
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:39:02 GMT

The IMF is lowering its forecast for US economic growth to a "disappointing" 1.7%, the second downgrade this year.

Young adults face housing squeeze
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:10 GMT

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead, a report suggests.

Pepsico shares surge on results
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:47:13 GMT

Shares in snacks and drinks giant Pepsico trade close to record levels after the company reports positive results.

Glaxo profits fall hits shares
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:35:03 GMT

GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China.

Boeing profits from sales boost
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:08 GMT

US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales.

PayPal to advance cash to businesses
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:07:36 GMT

Online payments firm PayPal is to advance cash to UK small businesses from the early autumn as an alternative to traditional loans, the company has announced.

Airline route assessments criticised
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:50:08 GMT

Safety assessments for risky air routes are "not good enough", the British Airline Pilots Association says.

PM to check arms export licences
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:27:09 GMT

David Cameron vows to examine outstanding licences for the sale of arms to Russia after claims by MPs that they could breach the terms of an embargo.

Apple earnings up on iPhone sales
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:16:34 GMT

Apple reports quarterly profits of $7.75bn up 12%, helped by strong sales of its iPhone.

China detains five over meat scandal
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:11 GMT

China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.

New contracts boost Capita profits
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:14:47 GMT

Outsourcing group Capita sees a 16% rise in profits after winning contracts worth £1.3bn, including a 10-year contract to manage the UK government's military estates.

Herbalife dodges "death blow"
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:05:55 GMT

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman fails to land his promised "death blow" on diet shake company, Herbalife.

British holidaymakers return to Spain
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:16:49 GMT

The number of people taking their holidays in Spain reaches record levels, according to the country's tourism ministry.

Disability benefits flaws 'grave'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:29:26 GMT

Parts of the disability benefits system require a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.

Pension delay to be less lucrative
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:04:57 GMT

People who delay taking their state pension from 2016 will gain less financial benefit than under current rules, the government proposes.

UK house sales 'highest since 2007'
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:51:42 GMT

UK property sales in June hit their joint highest monthly total since the financial crisis began, figures show, but sales among young adults are low.

Non-stop Argentina debt talks demand
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:44 GMT

A US judge orders Argentina and its creditors to meet "continuously" to avoid the nation defaulting on its debts later this month.

NHS staff balloted over strike action
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:28:14 GMT

Midwives, nurses and ambulance workers are among more than 400,000 NHS workers in England being balloted on industrial action, including strikes, over pay.

China signs Venezuela oil deal
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:44:39 GMT

Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed an oil deal with Venezuela, as part of a four-day tour of Latin America.

Akubra: Keeping it in the family
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 04:24:38 GMT

Akubra has been run by one family for five generations and their handsome felt hats, which are made with rabbit fur, are very much a part of Australia's national identity.

Slovakia's successful app entrepreneur
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:34:10 GMT

Aged just eight, Michal Stencl knew he wanted to be a computer programmer - now he runs a firm selling one of world's most popular apps.

How to ask for $250m
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 23:21:02 GMT

The dos and don'ts of pitching for business investment, what venture capitalists look for, and what they run from.

Real Madrid 'most valuable team'
Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:30 GMT

Real Madrid has topped an annual Forbes list of the world's most valuable sports teams.

Fifa partner surrenders in Brazil
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:13:21 GMT

Ray Whelan, the British boss of a World Cup hospitality firm, surrenders to a Brazilian judge amid a probe into alleged illegal ticket sales.

Man Utd signs £750m Adidas kit deal
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:25:09 GMT

Adidas will pay £75m a season to make Manchester United's kit for the next 10 years, after Nike ended its 13-year partnership.

VIDEO: Apple profits up on iPhone sales
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:49:34 GMT

Apple reports quarterly profits of $7.75bn up 12%, helped by strong sales of its iPhone.

VIDEO: Saudi Arabian stock market opens up
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:29:35 GMT

Saudi Arabia's stock market will open up to foreign investors for the first time.

VIDEO: Questions over flight path oversight
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:56:06 GMT

The loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has raised questions over how flight paths are regulated.

VIDEO: Software firm's recruitment trouble
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:08:30 GMT

Plans to set up Wales' first software university are being prepared by businesses concerned about a skill shortage in hi-tech industries. Simon Powell of Eysys describes his recruitment problems

VIDEO: Goods held in port for wealthy client
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:58:17 GMT

Mark Lobel reports on foreign investors re-building ties with Iran in anticipation of an easing of trade restrictions on the country.

VIDEO: 'I couldn't get a taxi... so I created an app'
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:30:38 GMT

Brazilian Tallis Gomes explains how a failed attempt to hail a cab drove him to create smartphone app Easy Taxi.

VIDEO: The oddities of the City of London
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:52:01 GMT

The Corporation of London is the body that runs the City and is a quirk of centuries of history.

VIDEO: Indonesia's cheap fuel challenge
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:02:03 GMT

Indonesia's next president faces challenges including cutting the country's controversial fuel subsidies.

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

The restaurants that love solo diners

From an orphanage to entrepreneur
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:57 GMT

From living in an orphanage to a self-made millionaire

Germany and Russia's contradictory relationship
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:13:45 GMT

Why sanctions on Russia are hard for Germany

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:14:09 GMT

Models and conceptual drawings by famous car manufacturers

How many Greek legends were really true?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:51 GMT

How spartan were Spartans? Did the Trojans have a horse?

Can drones tackle wildlife poaching?
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:43:02 GMT

How drones may be used to fight wildlife poaching

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

How one man's failure to get a cab drove him to try to fix the problem

Five ways Aldi cracked the supermarket business
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:32:03 GMT

Five ways Aldi changed the world of supermarkets