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Oil prices plunge after Opec meeting
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:19:25 GMT

Crude oil prices slump after the Opec oil producers' cartel decides not to cut output.

Food bug affects 70% of shop chickens
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:53:45 GMT

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.

Woman wins £337m in divorce case
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:11:45 GMT

The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.

European MPs want Google break-up
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:15:51 GMT

A landmark vote at the European Parliament has called for Google's search business to be separated from its other businesses.

List of blocked piracy sites doubles
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:10:42 GMT

The High Court bans a further 53 piracy sites, more than doubling the number that the UK's leading net providers must block.

East Coast rail winner announced
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 14:06:45 GMT

A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin wins the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route, which has been in public hands since 2009.

Power blackouts 'threat to economy'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:20 GMT

The UK would face "severe economic consequences" if there was a significant disruption to the supply of electricity, says the Royal Academy of Engineering.

German jobless rate hits record low
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:23:45 GMT

Germany's unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.6%, but falling inflation has raised eurozone deflation fears.

GSK hails Ebola vaccine breakthrough
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:03 GMT

Sir Andrew Witty says "tantalising" prospect of viable vaccine becoming available next year

Scotland 'should set income tax'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:00:02 GMT

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.

Energy shares weigh on FTSE 100
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:10:44 GMT

The FTSE 100 struggles to make headway as energy shares fall after oil prices hit a four-year low.

Candy Crush maker chairman resigns
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:13:09 GMT

The chairman of King Digital, the maker of the popular mobile game Candy Crush, Melvyn Morris, has resigned and is taking a break from the UK firm.

Poundland reports 12% rise in profits
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:51:37 GMT

Budget retailer Poundland reports a 12% rise in half-year profits to £9.3m.

Philippines economy slows sharply
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 05:21:05 GMT

Growth in the Philippine economy slowed sharply in the third quarter due to weaker growth in all sectors, the government announces.

Thomas Cook chief in shock departure
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:20:57 GMT

Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green has resigned, saying her work at the travel firm "is complete".

Meters overcharge 1.5m gas customers
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:32:05 GMT

About 1.5 million gas customers with pre-payment meters have been overcharged because their meters are faulty, the industry has admitted.

Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:55:24 GMT

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

Kim Dotcom declares he is 'broke'
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:53:01 GMT

The founder of the seized file-sharing site Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, says he is out of funds after spending $10m on a legal battle.

Mortgage approvals fall by 16%
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:09:40 GMT

The number of mortgages being granted by Britain's banks falls by 16% over the last year, according to banking industry body, the BBA.

Young and workers at risk of poverty
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:58:27 GMT

The elderly and the unemployed used to be most at risk of poverty, but a new report claims it is now the young and those in work who are most vulnerable.

RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:07:24 GMT

Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.

UK business spending in surprise fall
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:01:53 GMT

Business investment in the UK fell unexpectedly in the third quarter of the year, official figures show, although consumer spending remained strong.

Juncker reveals giant EU jobs plan
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:33:25 GMT

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives details of a €315bn (£250bn; $393bn) investment plan to kick-start Europe's economy.

US economy grows faster than forecast
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:11:11 GMT

The US economy grew much faster in the third quarter than first reported, official figures have shown.

Tips from banker turned shoemaker
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:02:24 GMT

An entrepreneur who turned his back on banking to set up a shoemaking company shares his tips for success as part of the African Dream series.

The couple who changed the way we shop
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:14:25 GMT

Edwina Dunn looks back on how she and her husband helped Tesco launch its Clubcard, and change how many of us do our shopping.

How McDonald's conquered India
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:51:45 GMT

How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.

Hearts could exit Tynecastle - Budge
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:24:05 GMT

Owner Ann Budge says leaving Tynecastle Stadium could be the most cost-effective long-term solution for Hearts.

Sport events 'give no economic boost'
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:08:50 GMT

A report examining the "evidence base" for policymaking suggests big sporting events have little or no direct economic benefit - and challenges other assumptions about teaching and police.

Javid wants Fifa to publish report
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:00:27 GMT

The government calls on Fifa to publish in full the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

VIDEO: What is Opec? In 60 seconds
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:07:46 GMT

BBC News looks at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its challenges, amid a slump in global crude oil prices.

VIDEO: Ebola vaccine trial 'encouraging'
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:03:37 GMT

A trial looking at the safety of an Ebola vaccine has had encouraging results, says the chief executive of GSK.

VIDEO: Thai FM: Elections 'later than expected'
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:03:35 GMT

Six months after the military ousted the government of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's economy has stagnated, but Finance Minister Sommai Phasee says that he is confident that a transition back to a democratically elected government can be achieved.

VIDEO: Oil market braces for Opec decision
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:10:01 GMT

Leading oil exporting countries are meeting on Thursday to decide whether to cut production - a decision that generally has a big impact on the oil prices in Asian giants like India.

VIDEO: Robot: 'The transit van of the sea'
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:19:13 GMT

The chief executive of a specialist engineering firm explains what the underwater robots it builds are capable of.

VIDEO: Should payday loan ads air before 9pm?
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:37:13 GMT

Payday loan advertising could be banned before the 9pm watershed after the government is asked to review the timings of the adverts.

VIDEO: Unsafe Christmas toys seized at Dover
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:55:10 GMT

Thousands of dangerous and counterfeit goods have been prevented from entering the UK after they were seized by Kent County Council Trading Standards from a huge consignment entering Dover Docks.

VIDEO: Royal Mail universal service at risk
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:21:11 GMT

Royal Mail boss Moya Greene has told MPs that there is a genuine threat to the continuation of the firm's "universal service" and has accused her company's competitors of "cherry picking" the most profitable business

Black Friday: Boxing Day sales come early?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:14:53 GMT

Boxing Day sales come early to the UK?

Will Opec cut oil production?
Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:57:44 GMT

Should Opec cut production to boost prices?

Can Barbie conquer China?
Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:22:52 GMT

Can the doll make it in China at the second attempt?

Flood victims' insurance bills soar
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 03:28:29 GMT

Last year's flood victims struggle with soaring insurance bills

Whatever happened to the Brics?
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:28:11 GMT

Whatever happened to the Brics economies?

Russia sanctions hitting UK firms
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:19:15 GMT

How sanctions against Russia are hitting UK businesses

Transylvania's castle owners bite back
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:16:09 GMT

Transylvania's castle owners sink their teeth into business

Russian oil industry facing deep freeze
Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:56:29 GMT

Oil production in Russia is hard and getting harder