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'Rogue directors' crackdown planned

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 08:35:24 GMT

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

HMRC 'plans to share personal data'

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 07:50:05 GMT

Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.

STV quits CBI over referendum stance

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:53:19 GMT

Broadcaster STV becomes the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.

Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:53:07 GMT

The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.

Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:10:09 GMT

A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:49:02 GMT

Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.

Pensioners could get death estimate

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:18 GMT

Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:01:32 GMT

The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.

Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:04:44 GMT

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:33:09 GMT

Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.

UK housing market 'shows resilience'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:05:04 GMT

The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.

Weibo shares surge on US debut

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:10:20 GMT

Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.

US banking giants see mixed results

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:34:30 GMT

US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.

London Market Report

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:56:13 GMT

The pound hits its highest level in more than four years against the US dollar.

RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:10:23 GMT

Royal Bank of Scotland says law firm Clifford Chance has cleared it over allegations that it forced small firms to close so it could make a profit.

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.

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.

New teachers 'can't risk mortgages'

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:14:29 GMT

A teachers' union leader says young teachers are shying away from taking out mortgages because of uncertainty over their future earnings.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

Steering a company in a new direction

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:00:58 GMT

Major change is a challenge for companies and their investors. How can chief executives shift a firm's course effectively?

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.

The self-storage millionaires

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:13:04 GMT

Thirty years ago Britain did not have a self-storage industry. Now it's the biggest in Europe. Who are the canny entrepreneurs who have grown rich selling empty space?

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: UK could become 'nation of renters'

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:16:51 GMT

Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

VIDEO: Vinyl fights back against downloads

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:17:00 GMT

New research suggests that physical formats for music, like CDs, cassettes and vinyl are experiencing a revival, particularly among younger buyers, despite digital downloads.

VIDEO: Alfa Romeo plots US comeback

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:05:53 GMT

Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.

AUDIO: Third believe they may never own home

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:48:56 GMT

A third of adults under 45 say they have no prospect of owning their own home, a report by Halifax has found.

VIDEO: Singapore puts innovation on show

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:23:04 GMT

Singapore is running a trade fair for entrepreneurs, where exhibitors hope to turn their idea into a worldwide success.

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:01:01 GMT

Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.

AUDIO: Why Danny Mills bought all the pies

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:44 GMT

Former England defender Danny Mills has invested in the struggling West Cornwall Pasty Company.

Selling globally is child's play

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:09:09 GMT

The tech making e-commerce easier for small firms

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:13:13 GMT

Some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs share their stories

Cheaper stamps if Scots go it alone?

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:13:56 GMT

Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?

John Lewis celebrates 150 years

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:47:25 GMT

What's the story of John Lewis' 150 years of success?

Fire ice: The energy of the future?

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:02:42 GMT

The latest addiction to help satisfy our energy needs

Alfa Romeo plots a US comeback

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:06:51 GMT

After 20 years, Alfa Romeo returns to the US

Sydney airport go-ahead

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:00:00 GMT

Economic gold or nightmare reality?

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?

How GDP became the figure to watch

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:14:47 GMT

How GDP became such an important measurement