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Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Blackberry shares drop on earnings
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:10:58 GMT

Shares in Blackberry drop nearly 6% as the troubled smartphone maker reports a larger-than-expected drop in revenue during the third quarter.

Power firms to get £1bn to stay open
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:48:22 GMT

Power generation firms are to receive close to £1bn to ensure their plants stay open and prevent the lights going out in the coming years.

Hellmann's drops eggless mayo case
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:58:10 GMT

The company that makes Hellmann's mayonnaise, Unilever, is dropping its planned court case against an American company that makes an eggless variety.

Bank fine reduces public borrowing
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:04:47 GMT

A bank fine of £1.1bn for manipulating currency markets has helped government borrowing figures in November, official figures show.

North Sea oil fears 'too dramatic'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:16:02 GMT

A leading figure in the UK's oil industry, Sir Ian Wood, tells the BBC warnings the industry is close to collapse are overstating the problem.

London shares buoyed by Wall Street
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:24:17 GMT

London's benchmark index closes 1.2% higher on Friday, building on Thursday's sharp rise.

Wonga customer wins fees challenge
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:54:00 GMT

Payday lender Wonga will refund the fees and interest charged to a customer whose outstanding loan has already been written off.

Belarus moves to protect currency
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT

Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Nigeria in new bid to defend naira
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:34:31 GMT

Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.

Trade deal protest falls on deaf ears
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:38:55 GMT

Anti-trade deal protesters vent their anger in Brussels but EU leaders have already gone home.

HK tycoon found guilty of corruption
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:33 GMT

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.

Thai tuna firm buys US rival
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:48:34 GMT

The world's largest canned tuna producer Thai Union Frozen Products is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£96m).

China revises up 2013 economy size
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:26:58 GMT

China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:58 GMT

Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Disabled 'missing out' on scheme
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:40:51 GMT

Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, a group of MPs say.

Number in debt to energy firms rises
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:10:47 GMT

About 6% of domestic energy customers were in debt to their supplier in 2013, figures show, but energy firms still owe money to customers too.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:05:16 GMT

UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

Putin seeks to ease economic fears
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:41:49 GMT

US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Fall in oil prices 'temporary'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:21:12 GMT

Recent falls in the price of oil are likely to be temporary, says the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, Opec's biggest producing nation.

Building the biggest baby food firm
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:02:03 GMT

How Paul Lindley, the boss of Ella's Kitchen, built up the UK's largest baby food business.

Unwrapping Africa's red tape
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:41:12 GMT

Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.

The value of celebrity endorsements
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:10:41 GMT

A growing number of small firms are boosting sales thanks to securing celebrity endorsements, but doing a deal with a famous figure doesn't necessarily guarantee success.

Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:33 GMT

Hereford United is wound up by the High Court over money owed to HM Revenue and Customs.

SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:57:32 GMT

The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.

Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:28:56 GMT

Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.

VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:32:41 GMT

Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.

VIDEO: India's labour reforms anger unions
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:52:01 GMT

Labour law reforms giving small firms more freedom to hire and fire have prompted protests among union members in India.

VIDEO: Botswana's complex ecotourism trade
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:27:26 GMT

While much of the profits made from wildlife tourism in Botswana go to foreign-owned tourist operators, the biggest concern for some locals is poachers.

VIDEO: Shopping online from a country cottage
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:07:56 GMT

For 2014, there is evidence to suggest more people than ever have shopped online, especially in rural areas where 9 out of 10 people shop online.

VIDEO: Myanmar turns to pop-up power
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:20:31 GMT

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is trying out fast track power generation, putting gas generators into re-used shipping containers.

VIDEO: India splashes out on art biennale
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:52:54 GMT

Kochi in India is hosting its second art biennale despite criticism the city can't afford to lavish so much money on the arts.

VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:24 GMT

Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:02:34 GMT

A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.

Budapest's underground escape craze
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:01:30 GMT

The escape games taking Hungary by storm

Global debt: How worried should we be?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:10:21 GMT

How worried should we be?

How are Venezuelans coping with tumbling oil prices?
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:17:24 GMT

How Venezuelans are affected by falling oil prices

The casualties of Russia's decline
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:03:39 GMT

The knock-on effects of Russia's economic troubles

Social shopping takes off in Asia
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:41 GMT

The latest trend driving Asian spending sprees

Myanmar's pop-up power stations
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:24:41 GMT

The mobile generators boosting Myanmar's electricity supply

The people working on Christmas Day
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:33:32 GMT

Those spending the day at work rather than celebrating

Headline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:55:30 GMT

Osborne’s payment plan makes little difference, says Anthony Reuben