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McDonald's to move non-US tax base to UK

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:53:19 GMT

McDonald's is to move its non-US tax base from Luxembourg to the UK, the firm says.

Volkswagen emissions: UK and six other nations face legal action

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:54:38 GMT

The EU is taking legal action against the UK and six other nations for failing to take - or consider taking - action against Volkswagen.

Australia's richest woman Gina Rinehart to buy Kidman estate

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:51:20 GMT

Australia approves the sale of its largest private landholding, the Kidman estate, to Gina Rinehart.

'Tough' year for final salary pensions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:33:03 GMT

Conditions for final-salary pension schemes will be "tough" in 2017, a review of the sector suggests, with many currently "treading water".

ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:16 GMT

The European Central Bank will extend its bond-buying scheme by nine months but cut its purchases by €20bn a month.

Sports Direct chairman lambasts critics as profits fall

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:41:16 GMT

Sports Direct's chairman says an "extreme" media campaign has harmed its reputation as profits fall.

'Easy money' schemes a risk to young

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:56:43 GMT

Young adults are increasingly tempted to become money mules - risking a fraud conviction for a few hundred pounds, a protection body says.

MPs recommend clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:04:05 GMT

MPs say maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals should be cut from £100 to £2.

Wall Street sets fresh record highs

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:12:14 GMT

US markets hit fresh record highs again on Thursday.

Energy firms held £4bn in overpayments

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:58:22 GMT

The UK's energy firms have been holding on to nearly £4bn of their customers' money, according to figures obtained by the BBC.

Brexit: French financial regulator wooing London banks

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:05:05 GMT

Banks are in advanced stages of planning to shift some operations from London to Paris, says France's leading financial regulator.

Capita shares plunge after profit warning

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:09 GMT

Capita shares sink more than 14% after it issues another profit warning , but the FTSE 100 closes up.

Travel study reveals changing behaviour among young and old

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:20:36 GMT

A new study suggests that young people are shunning cars, while older people are driving more.

National Grid sells majority stake in gas pipe network

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:03:01 GMT

National Grid agrees to sell a 61% stake in its gas pipe network to a global group of investors.

Japan's third-quarter growth rate revised down sharply

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:01:36 GMT

Japan's economy grew much slower than initially estimated in the third quarter of the year, as business investment fell.

Housing market faces slow start to 2017, says Rics

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:23:27 GMT

A lack of homes for sale means that the housing market will get off to a slow start in 2017, according to surveyors.

Singapore to shut down 2G network

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:44:57 GMT

Singapore prepares to shut down its 2G mobile phone network leaving thousands looking for a new service.

The hopping robot and other tech news

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:12:08 GMT

BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news

Edible gardens take root in urban Singapore

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:57:55 GMT

On the island of Singapore, young urbanites are being shown how to grow their own tropical-friendly, edible gardens.

'See past my disability, give me a job'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:46:17 GMT

June is disabled and was unable to find a job for three years.

Facial scan app wants to get to know you

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:59:10 GMT

Augmented reality app Blippar can now recognise the faces of 70,000 public figures.

Indian app firms cash in on Modi's rupee note switch

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:38:47 GMT

Enterprising Indians are seeing opportunity after almost 90% of bank notes were withdrawn.

China's hi-tech bike hire startups

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:11:14 GMT

China's tech giants are backing sophisticated bike hire as a solution to the country's congested roads.

DNA testing at work: One company's unusual policy

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:46:58 GMT

BBC News visits a travel company using DNA testing to challenge its own workplace culture.

Michael Jordan wins trademark case in China's top court

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 07:55:02 GMT

China's supreme court rules in favour of basketball legend Michael Jordan in a long-running trademark dispute.

£5 notes 'worth £20,000' in circulation

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 13:09:31 GMT

Four special £5 notes, engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen, are put into circulation.

Changing minds

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:02:19 GMT

Since the recession more people have reported feeling stressed at work, and that can lead to mental health problems. How do you support the workforce by breaking the taboo around mental illness?

Spot the difference

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:04:21 GMT

Online ads can be irritating and irrelevant, so can technology help them become more targeted?

'Toxic employee'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:25:22 GMT

Most of us have to deal with a disruptive colleague during our working lives, but how can a company best deal with such "toxic employees"?

Vikings rule

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:03:25 GMT

Iceland has become a model country for gender equality but women there say more needs to be done.

Office parties

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:01 GMT

Christmas party season is upon us again, but what do employers and staff really get out of these events?

Global school rankings

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:02:06 GMT

Why do Asian countries do so well in global education rankings? The OECD's education director says it reflects a belief that all pupils can succeed.

Len McCluskey

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:27:54 GMT

Len McCluskey is general secretary of Unite, the UK's biggest union. We chart his political roots and his support for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party.

Chatbot sexism

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:00:40 GMT

Why do so many artificially intelligent chatbots have female names and avatars?

Draw it

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:50:11 GMT

We want you to show us your interpretation of the business stories that have affected you this year.

Reality Check

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:35:29 GMT

Two stories in the past week have reported contradictory conclusions about the cost of Christmas dinner.

Troubled times

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:48 GMT

Italy's struggling banks now face added uncertainty after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's heavy referendum defeat.

Sleeping on toilet floors

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:03:06 GMT

How Chris Gardner went from sleeping rough with his young son on the floor of a public toilet to the life of a multi-millionaire investor.


Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:09:48 GMT

Were the official GDP forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility too gloomy?

Inflexible friend

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:49:53 GMT

The boss of Barclaycard says the plastic credit card is being replaced with new technology, so soon we will need nothing to make a payment.

Post it

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:40:29 GMT

What role do postcards and letters play in this digital age? Some businesses think there is a gap in the market.

Smart money?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:23:08 GMT

As global student loan debt reaches crisis levels, can tech start-ups help cut costs?

Cash calendar

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:24:01 GMT

As the year draws to a close, many people will review the state of their wealth. So, is your bank balance now a spectacular display or did your finances fizzle?