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Women missing out on workplace pensions, says charity

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:05:59 GMT

As many as 72,000 women fail to qualify for a workplace pension, as they have more than one employer.

Government finances record £9.4bn surplus in January

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:02:32 GMT

Analysts say the government could undershoot the forecast deficit for current financial year.

Bank of England 'has improved' its economic forecasting

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:58:20 GMT

The Bank of England's chief economist admits "sizeable" forecasting errors have been made in the past.

Philip Hammond 'listening' to business rates concerns

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:41 GMT

Philip Hammond is under pressure to act with some businesses facing "eye-watering" rate rises.

Firms could reduce pension generosity, ministers suggest

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:58:44 GMT

Eleven million people in Defined Benefit pension schemes could see their benefits watered down.

Self-employment driven by higher earners, says report

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:37:23 GMT

People with good qualifications and higher earnings make up 57% of the new self-employed, a report says.

Environmentalists and libertarians unite in HS2 criticism

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:27:08 GMT

Friends of the Earth and Taxpayers' Alliance are normally at odds on policy, but both criticise HS2

Retail sales fall unexpectedly in January

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:08:15 GMT

Sales are down 0.3% in January dashing expectations of growth, official figures show.

Property professionals see bumper pay rise as market booms

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:07:23 GMT

Property professionals have seen a 7.2% pay increase over the last year, the same rise as house prices.

ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:05:57 GMT

Families in the UK are spending less on cigarettes and alcohol, but more in restaurants, figures show.

Ceta: EU parliament backs free trade deal with Canada

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:23 GMT

EU politicians back a contested free trade deal with Canada as protesters chant outside.

New £5 note: Bank to keep note despite animal fat content

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:42:39 GMT

The new £5 note will not be withdrawn, despite protests over its animal fat content.

'I wondered if I just wasn't good enough'

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:02:22 GMT

Tom Cowley, who is autistic, dreamt of creating computer games, but struggled to find employment. But now an IT firm is harnessing the unique qualities of autistic people.

Wheelchair user creates mannequin to target disabled consumers

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:34:34 GMT

British businesses could be losing out on a potential £420 million a week by failing to target disabled consumers.

Diversifying the United States' coal country

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:46:33 GMT

Not everyone in the US's coal country is waiting for mining to return, they are looking to diversify.

The man championing wheelchair tourism in Brazil

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:40 GMT

Brazilian Ricardo Shimosakai is a tourist agent who specialises in finding holiday packages for people with mobility issues.

Who spends $150,000 on a kid's birthday party?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:49 GMT

Children's birthday parties are getting expensive in some countries - but how much would you spend keeping up with the Joneses?

Migrant workers join labour boycott

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:48:53 GMT

Migrant workers have signed up to a labour boycott to highlight the role they play in British society.

Supermarket sourcing

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:18:01 GMT

Importing food is getting more expensive so why don't UK supermarkets get more of their supplies from home?

Talking to the machine

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:47:50 GMT

The story behind the compiler, a remarkable innovation that made modern computing possible.

Mobile money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT

How mobile technology is profoundly changing access to money in the developing world.

Report card

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:09:21 GMT

Sweden has been experimenting with six-hour days but now the trials are over, has it really worked?

Illustrious light bulbs

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:21:04 GMT

Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.

Employment warning

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:11:36 GMT

Globalisation's already had a huge impact on workers' lives and is now set to hit middle-class jobs.

Continuing crisis

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:58:16 GMT

Eurozone governments and the International Monetary Fund have fallen out once again over how to handle the country's bailout.

Public property

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:03:01 GMT

Would putting Southern rail back into public ownership solve the long-running dispute?

Weighing it up

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:14:56 GMT

Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.

Home solutions

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:16:56 GMT

Nigeria's largest city Lagos is facing a housing crisis. The BBC's Nancy Kacungira looks at how entrepreneurs are trying to solve the crisis.

East to West

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:17 GMT

The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.

Reality check

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:33:20 GMT

Theresa May says she wants an agreement with the customs union but not full membership.

Your questions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:06:09 GMT

BBC Economics Correspondent Andrew Walker answers your questions on Theresa May's Brexit speech.