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RBS reports first profit in 10 years

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:59:37 GMT

The taxpayer-owned bank has reported an annual profit for the first time since the financial crisis.

British Rail could be revived under Labour

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:20 GMT

The shadow chancellor says a Labour government would bring together tracks and trains again.

William Hill pushed into loss by Australia writedown

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:30:16 GMT

The bookmaker reports an annual loss of £75m after slashing the value of its Australian business.

Kylie Jenner 'sooo over' Snapchat - and Wall Street panics

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:29:21 GMT

Shares in Snapchat's owner sink after the reality TV star tweets her criticism of the messaging app.

China seizes control of insurance giant Anbang

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 08:32:31 GMT

In an unusual move Anbang Insurance will be run by the government for one year.

Women earn up to 43% less at Barclays

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:46:11 GMT

The bank's boss, Jes Staley, says it has "more work to do" as the gender pay gap figures are released.

Japanese airbag maker Takata reaches settlement in US

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:40:57 GMT

The penalty will not be paid, however, as Takata's US arm TK Holdings is in bankruptcy proceedings.

UK economic growth revised downwards

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:07:06 GMT

Economic growth was a worse than expected 0.4% in the last three months of 2017, official figures say.

More KFC outlets reopen as chicken chaos eases

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:02:23 GMT

Almost 700 stores are trading again following the week-long chicken delivery fiasco.

Saudi Arabia to invest $64bn in entertainment

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:24:13 GMT

The conservative kingdom promises thousands of Western-style events, include Cirque de Soleil.

Ford executive leaves over inappropriate behaviour

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:56:22 GMT

The car giant says US chief Raj Nair's actions were "inconsistent with the company's code of conduct".

British Gas owner Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs after 'weak' year

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:31:59 GMT

The cuts come after what Centrica said was a "weak" performance at the end of 2017.

Barclays takes £127m hit from Carillion collapse

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:01:42 GMT

The bank reveals how much the collapse of the outsourcing giant cost it, but its profits still rose.

Is nationalisation the answer for Britain's railways?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:38 GMT

Labour wants to renationalise Britain's railways but 75% of the industry is already under public control.

The fashion show with Hollywood visual effects

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:11:12 GMT

Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB and the London College of Fashion used a virtual avatar to join catwalk models.

The fashion firm bringing tinsel to the high street

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:07:43 GMT

The tinsel revolution: A design company which started in a bedroom is expanding to the high street.

From 'terrible teen' to thriving entrepreneur

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:16:49 GMT

A weightlifter has turned her life around to become a successful business woman at 32.

Meet Cora, your local bank avatar

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:16:09 GMT

Next time you contact your bank, you may be served by a digital avatar instead of a human being. Cora is a prototype virtual bank teller developed by NatWest.

Making cosmetics from Russian herbs

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:03:17 GMT

How Russian hair and skincare company Natura Siberica become a popular global brand.

Crowdfunding: When gold is the goal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:21:33 GMT

Great Britain's bobsleighers Mica McNeill and Mica Moore have got to Pyeongchang thanks to crowdfunding.

Hangzhou and the Alibaba effect

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:55:03 GMT

The emergence of a tech behemoth transforms its hometown.

KFC shortage: How much do we spend on fried chicken?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:35:55 GMT

KFC outlets have been forced to close due to a chicken shortage - but how much do we spend on fast food?

Fashion company loses social media followers over same-sex ads

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:14:21 GMT

A men's suit company in the Netherlands faces "homophobic" backlash over their new same-sex adverts.

Rail regulation

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:29 GMT

Labour wants to bring Britain's railways back under public control, but 75% of the industry is already nationalised.

Wot, no signal?

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:10:49 GMT

Billions of people still have no access to mobile services, but nano-satellites could change this.

Zombie or choir?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:36:39 GMT

With Theresa May hosting an away-day, what team bonding might ministers try if they can't build a Brexit consensus.

The shape of water

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:00:31 GMT

The pros and cons of Labour's vow to bring the water industry back into public ownership.

School shootings

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 01:43:45 GMT

Counting and remembering ever school shooting to stop US becoming 'desensitised'.

Russian rub

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:27:42 GMT

How a Russian entrepreneur created a popular cosmetics brand based around using extracts from Siberian herbs.

Fin tech

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:20:50 GMT

Fish farming is big business and producers are adopting new technologies to expand and cut costs.

Beauty boss

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:19:54 GMT

Grit and determination, as well as snakes and dragons, helped Maria Hatzistefanis become a business success.

No charge

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:53:43 GMT

A third of UK car-owners do not have a driveway - so charging an electric car can be difficult.

Kiwis crackdown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:50:14 GMT

New Zealand is set to introduce a radical measure to tame its soaring property market

Manbag mystery

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:03:26 GMT

Increasing numbers of British men are carrying manbags, Mintel says, but what is it that makes a bag "male"?

Humble origins

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:09:42 GMT

Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, but the business culture discourages bragging.

Recycling hacks

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 00:02:39 GMT

As pressure on recycling infrastructure grows, entrepreneurs are turning to unusual ways to get fresh use out of the most unlikely products.

Norwegian challenger

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:02:00 GMT

Low-cost, long haul carriers like Norwegian are rapidly expanding by attracting young passengers. But is it sustainable?

Recipe for success

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:06:50 GMT

US flatbread firm Kontos Food is now exporting around the world thanks to a commitment to tweaking its recipes to meet national preferences.

Educated survivor

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:11:08 GMT

Tara's fundamentalist family in rural Idaho would not let her go to school, but she got a PhD from Cambridge.

Unfair pay

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:06:45 GMT

Some US states have banned employers from asking about previous pay, to tackle the gender gap

Tinder revolution

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:08:40 GMT

Online dating has become the standard way to find a partner these days. Can AI make it even better?

Scandinavian blues

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:15:06 GMT

While most consumer brands suggest they will make the buyer feel happier, Swedish rainwear firm Stutterheim says its jackets may cause melancholy.

Risk assessment

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:12:42 GMT

Insurer Hiscox focuses on areas like cyber-attack and terrorism, but how do you assess such risks?

Probe Down Under

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:26:44 GMT

Finance is the country's biggest industry but a landmark inquiry is probing scandals in the sector.

Say what?

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 21:55:48 GMT

BBC readers share their worst examples of business jargon following our piece on Davos language.

Potato plastics

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:03:38 GMT

Better recycling and compostable materials could be an answer to our plastic pollution problem.

Global collapse

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:27:01 GMT

What Homer's tale of the fall of Troy can teach us about our own 21st Century interconnected world.

Challenging stereotypes

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 00:16:00 GMT

Sweden's capital is poised to ban sexist and racist outdoor advertising, but not everyone agrees with the move.