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Bitcoin rises on futures trading debut on major US exchange

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:49:43 GMT

Trading in futures contracts is a step towards legitimising the digital currency, its supporters say.

Inflation tracker: Will you feel the pinch this Christmas?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:08:32 GMT

From smoked salmon to smartphones, 2017 is shaping up to be an expensive Christmas for consumers.

Qatar buys 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in £6bn deal

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:17:59 GMT

The move will help safeguard thousands of jobs at BAE Systems, mainly at Warton in Lancashire.

Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:10:09 GMT

MPs warn a crackdown on pension cold-calling may not happen until 2020 unless ministers take action.

Brexit: David Davis wants 'Canada plus plus plus' trade deal

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:11:38 GMT

The Brexit secretary says he wants a tariff-free trade deal, as Labour suggests paying for market access.

Global recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:34:40 GMT

Britain and China are among the countries affected by the recall of baby milk formula products.

German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:55:54 GMT

Germany's spy agency says China is using the site to gather information on politicians.

Apple 'to buy Shazam for $400m'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:07:41 GMT

The music recognition app already makes most of its money by referring music buyers to Apple's iTunes.

Max Clifford dies in hospital aged 74

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:29:16 GMT

Former celebrity publicist Max Clifford has died in hospital, aged 74, after collapsing in prison.

Is Trump the WTO's biggest threat?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:34:21 GMT

As the World Trade Organization meets in Argentina, is the US President undermining its existence?

Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:48:27 GMT

Despite news of a "breakthrough" deal, companies want certainty about EU citizens living in the UK.

Spotify and Tencent Music buy stake in each other

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:27:58 GMT

Two of the world's most popular online music streaming services are buying shares in one another.

US jobs growth stronger than expected

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:07:25 GMT

A rebound after the disruption caused by hurricanes boosted US employment last month.

Three football clubs 'shamed' for underpaying staff

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:22:49 GMT

Three Scottish teams are among 28 employers who failed to pay staff the minimum wage.

Fake pants seized in Christmas crackdown on counterfeits

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:04:41 GMT

Authorities are using Calvin Kleins and humorous videos to warn consumers over Christmas counterfeits.

EU agrees biggest free trade deal with Japan

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:35:18 GMT

The agreement is a challenge to the protectionism championed by US President Donald Trump.

Stefano Tresca: 'Fight your battles on a single front'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:22:39 GMT

CEO Secrets: Tech start-ups should concentrate on their core business and fight on one front at a time, says Stefano Tresca

Brexit: What still needs to be worked out?

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:18:29 GMT

As the first phase of talks come to an end, what's been agreed and what is still to come?

The woman making money from food porn

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:21:51 GMT

Meet Kimberly Espinel - the blogger teaching people how to photograph food for Instagram. 'I want to be like Bill Gates'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:28:05 GMT

Why, the award-winning musician and front-man for the Black Eyed Peas is collaborating with coders.

New safety systems for London's trams

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:21:56 GMT

The BBC's Richard Westcott looks at Transport for London's warning systems aimed at stopping tram drivers dozing off.

Fake goods worth millions seized ahead of Christmas

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:04:36 GMT

The Border Force warns shoppers to be on the look-out for counterfeit products.

How the Model T Ford became a million dollar idea

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:39:43 GMT

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the Model T Ford became a million dollar idea.

Ghana's 'brand-building' ideas guru

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:32:47 GMT

Sound and fashion artist Steloolive works with brands to increase their profile.

Regions divided over Christmas costs

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:11:02 GMT

People in less affluent regions spend more as a proportion of income on Christmas, analysis suggests.

Bitcoin: 'I'm part of a crazy wave'

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:05:54 GMT

Three people share their experiences of buying Bitcoin.

3am epiphany

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:19:19 GMT

Kristina Karlsson set up her stationary business following a eureka moment, and it has since gone global.

A political Fed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:30:18 GMT

As Jerome Powell prepares to take over the Federal Reserve, is the era of central bank independence ending?

Paint and sip

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:30:22 GMT

Learning to paint while enjoying a drink has become a popular pastime - but can you improve under the influence?

Financial secrets

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:49:22 GMT

A "revolution" in our financial lives will begin next month, but what is it and how will it work?

Chat and pay

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:45:44 GMT

People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.

Crypto currency

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:06:41 GMT

The Bitcoin bull run has been welcomed by many but regulators are still trying to understand it.

Declining thread

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:28:32 GMT

It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you'll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn't been this cheap in seven years.


Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:33:26 GMT

Babbel, one of the world's most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.

Look at me

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:37:29 GMT

Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.

Fed heads

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:08:19 GMT

At every key moment in US economic history, the chair of the Federal Reserve has set the pace.

Unwrapping the past

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 11:59:25 GMT

An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to be scanned by an advanced X-ray system.

Dangerous milk

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:13:03 GMT

The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.

Saving mums

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 00:22:07 GMT

Putting Pakistan's missing female doctors and midwives to work to save lives.

Healthy dragon

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:30:29 GMT

Tej Lalvani heads up his family vitamins firm but says luck "wasn't handed to him on a plate"

Plastic fantastic

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:21:05 GMT

The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.

When I'm 64

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 01:44:41 GMT

Within 15 years, retirees who are renting may have to pay up to 42% of their income, according to a new study

Take two

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 01:17:33 GMT

The inspiring stories of people who quit their day job for something completely different.

Cheesy idea

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:57:59 GMT

Food businesses serving up cheesy dishes are thriving, but is the trend bad for our health?

Coping methods

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:15:23 GMT

What do US central bankers do during a financial crisis?

Powering up

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 00:01:18 GMT

They won't give you superhuman strength, but exoskeletons are making physical tasks easier.

Snow business

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:02:01 GMT

Skiing faces a number of challenges, including ageing participants, climate change, and even Brexit.

Aging indicators

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:04:08 GMT

Japan's years of stagnant wage growth and a rapidly ageing population offer lessons to other developed economies.

Bitcoin bubble?

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:46:53 GMT

The digital currency Bitcoin is going through the roof - but what is it, and why has it shot up in price?

Bug eat bug

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 00:13:13 GMT

How a Brazilian company put itself at the forefront of biological pest control - using insects to control other bugs.

Super vision

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:16:13 GMT

Imagine pointing your phone's camera at any object and being given useful information about it.

Global leader

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:20:21 GMT

The interest rate set by America's central bank, the US Federal Reserve, is one of the key levers of the global economy.

Educating girls

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:23:05 GMT

The volunteers pushing to get up to three million Indian girls into school instead of becoming child brides.

Need for speed

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:18:12 GMT

The founder of the sports nutrition company MaxiMuscle wants to buy back the firm he founded.

Radical revolution

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:25:51 GMT

This simple yet transformative piece of technology made civilisation possible.

Counting down

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 00:34:04 GMT

How Advent has gone from chocolate treats for children to an extravagant present-filled bonanza.

Nothing wasted

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 21:48:16 GMT

A growing number of businesses are finding creative uses for surplus food - but will the trend ever go mainstream?

Help is on its way!

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 00:03:59 GMT

Not every country has a single number to call in an emergency. One start-up is trying to change that.