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Building society's account deadline axed

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:01:20 GMT

Current accounts at the Norwich and Peterborough had been earmarked to close by the end of August.

Tesco is raising store staff pay by 10.5% over two years

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:29:36 GMT

Hourly pay rates will rise to £8.42 an hour by November 2018 but Sunday pay will be reduced.

Watchdog clamps down on online gambling

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:28:15 GMT

The competition regulator is to take action against betting sites which it says are breaking consumer law.

Troubled Toshiba flags deeper losses

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 14:44:06 GMT

The troubled Japanese electronics giant delays its final earnings report again as its losses worsen.

Hinkley Point deal 'risky and expensive'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:43:50 GMT

Costs and risks for energy users 'not sufficiently considered' warns the National Audit Office.

ECB bids for more euro clearing oversight

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:21:29 GMT

The central bank seeks a "significantly enhanced" role in regulating the lucrative market.

Fed: US banks have money for crisis

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:21:29 GMT

The 34 largest US banks passed the first part of the Federal Reserve's annual stress test.

EU prepares to move two agencies from London

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:40:14 GMT

States bid to host agencies responsible for medicines and banking, meaning hundreds of jobs moving.

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:12:44 GMT

The company tells 800,000 customers with Super Hub 2 routers to change their passwords immediately.

FTSE 100 slides as pound rises

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:53:25 GMT

UK shares lose ground but the pound climbs against the dollar.

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 03:59:27 GMT

Move is a response to UK government criticism that the firm doesn't do enough to curb online hate.

Qatar wants 10% of American Airlines

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:33:56 GMT

Qatar Airways has told the world's biggest airline it plans to buy up to $808m (£638m) of its shares.

New railway connection to London Luton Airport approved

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:22:44 GMT

The line will replace the current shuttle bus between Luton Airport Parkway station and the terminal.

HS2 franchise: Bidder shortlist revealed

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:40:32 GMT

Government reveals who could run the West Coast Main Line, including HS2, and South Eastern rail franchises.

Single parents win benefits cap High Court challenge

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:40:05 GMT

The judge in the case says the cap causes "real misery", but the government intends to appeal.

China raises heat over foreign investment

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:21:32 GMT

The authorities in China have reportedly stepped up efforts to clamp down on firms' overseas investment.

Hornby says takeover bid undervalues firm

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:12:05 GMT

The model toymaker has received a takeover bid from its largest shareholder, Phoenix Asset Management.

The start-ups plugging the hole in Zimbabwe's economy

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:56:32 GMT

Against all the odds, some entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe are running successful small businesses.

How safe is your internet router?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:50:30 GMT

Virgin Media is warning its customers to change the password on their internet routers. A Which? investigation found its Super Hub 2 router is vulnerable to hackers.

London's temporary African-inspired architecture

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:00:55 GMT

Diebedo Francis Kere is the 17th architect to design a temporary pavilion in the grounds of London's Hyde Park.

How Velcro became a million dollar idea

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:35:04 GMT

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst tells how Velcro was invented after a walk in a wood.

Premier Inn urgently reviews cladding

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:02:57 GMT

The chain says three hotels are affected - but the cladding is 'less flammable' than Grenfell Tower.

Togo's 'voodoo vacations'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:12:12 GMT

Traditional voodoo ceremonies are attracting tourists to the small West African nation of Togo.

Shark attacks threaten Reunion Island tourist trade

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:47:40 GMT

Shark attacks on surfers and swimmers around Reunion island have seriously affected local businesses.

Geylang Ramadan bazaar: Singapore's new hipster haunt

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:57:08 GMT

But are the cool new snacks on sale at the traditional Geylang bazaar in the spirit of the season?

Pesto excluded from liquid ban by Italian airport

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:30:14 GMT

Genoa airport in northern Italy now allows pesto in hand luggage in exchange for a charity donation.

Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:01:47 GMT

The Chinese company did not put GPS chips on its bikes and presumes they have been lost or stolen.

Big hitters

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:58:14 GMT

The Women's Cricket World Cup gets under way, on a mission to grow as a sport and a business

One year on

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:05:31 GMT

What do economists and businesses think of the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and what do they think the future holds?

Better prospects

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:11:05 GMT

What impact is China's Belt and Road initiative, aimed at boosting trade links, having in Kazakhstan?

'I lost my eye'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:15:35 GMT

About two billion people have no insurance, but "pay-by-mobile" policies are growing in popularity.

'There's no judgement'

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:04:26 GMT

The new generation of dance workouts aiming to be less formal and more enjoyable.

Energy revolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:06:49 GMT

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world's biggest solar energy producer.

Paris Airshow: eight takeaways from the major aerospace event

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:21:23 GMT

From breaking the sound barrier to sales battles: eight things we learned at the Paris Airshow.

A hot issue

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:36:26 GMT

South Africa exports almost half of the apples it grows, but rising temperatures are hitting production.

Hidden problem

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:39:07 GMT

Despite international pledges, many of the world's poorest children do not get a chance to go to school.

Philippines outsourcing

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:32:49 GMT

Does US protectionism and artificial intelligence threaten the Philippine's outsourcing industry?

Lightning strike

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:31:32 GMT

While the F-35 has been one of the main attractions at the Paris Airshow, here we've also picked out some of the other highlights of this week's show.

Grand theft auto

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:18:16 GMT

Connected cars are becoming the norm, but how secure are they and how safe is our personal data?

Diva of divorce

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:13:00 GMT

How Ayesha Vardag has became one of the world's most in demand divorce lawyers.

Gaming gift

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT

From Spacewar! to Pokemon Go, video games have created jobs, made money and driven technology forward.

Paris Airshow

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:03:12 GMT

As the Paris Airshow gets under way, the BBC's Theo Leggett says few expect to see big orders for airliners.

Reality Check

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:38:29 GMT

Is the government allowed to requisition homes to provide emergency housing?

Home hijack

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:01:15 GMT

A security weakness in Gary Berman's home network may have lost him a $400,000 contract.

Greek gifts

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:07:29 GMT

As eurozone finance ministers hold talks on Greece, Reality Check looks at the bailouts it has received.

Hard done dads?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:04:04 GMT

With Father's Day taking place on Sunday in more than 70 countries, why does it still trail so far behind Mother's Day?

Future fuel

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:15:18 GMT

How can cities improve air quality with cleaner fuels?

Mass surveillance

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:28:34 GMT

BBC Arabic found the sales included decryption software that could be used against the West.

Pay more, wait longer

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:00:18 GMT

Burgers used to be fast and cheap but what's driving the success of a different type of patty?

Tough school?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:12:13 GMT

Top graduates in Afghanistan are being urged to spend two years as school teachers.

Precious metals

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:21:33 GMT

Some of the metals needed to make many of our tech gadgets are in short supply. Could recycling help?

Trade options

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:53:27 GMT

What is the difference between a free trade area, a single market and a customs union?

Food for thought

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:37:18 GMT

How popular snack food business Graze was successfully grown by its chief executive Anthony Fletcher.

Trading tool

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:26:16 GMT

The earliest known script was a tool developed to help run the economy.

Taming the giants

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:38:02 GMT

Five tech giants increasingly dominate the US and global economies. But what, if anything, should be done about it?

Qatar and the UK

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:51:11 GMT

How Qatar spent £35bn investing in everything from Claridge's to the Milford Haven LNG terminal.

Easy charm

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 22:10:53 GMT

The BBC's Elizabeth Hotson attends a charisma master class as she explores whether you can teach someone to become more charismatic.

How many boxes?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 23:02:23 GMT

When Beyonce, Lady Gaga, U2 and the Rolling Stones go on tour, they all depend on one London firm to get them onstage.

Baby bytes

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:01:16 GMT

Hundreds of apps give breastfeeding and baby advice to new mums, but are they any good?

Cold revolution

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:01:37 GMT

Initially invented for the printing industry, the technology has transformed the way we live and work.


Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:29:16 GMT

The Islamic State group relies on encrypted messaging app Telegram to spread its message digitally.

Taking his own path

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:01:16 GMT

How Adrian Fisher became a professional maze designer, creating more than 700 mazes across 32 countries.

Splendid isolation?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:02:19 GMT

Residents of the new London City Island live less than 30 minutes away from central London.

From videos to vlogs

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:31:14 GMT

In the 1980s, Jane Fonda sold millions of workout videos. Now anyone can be an online fitness guru.

Worked to death

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:35:37 GMT

Japan has some of the world's longest working hours, and some young Japanese are literally working themselves to death.

Climate clash

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:27:39 GMT

President Trump ditches the Paris accord, but almost all big firms say pulling out is an error.

Power surge?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:43:36 GMT

BA's explanation for its systems' meltdown at the weekend has left many scratching their heads.

Older age

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 02:31:40 GMT

Paying for social care has figured highly in the election. But other issues are not discussed.

Selling up or selling out?

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 01:43:17 GMT

Can independent brands keep to their core beliefs after selling up to a bigger firm or bringing investors on board?

Juice wars

Tue, 30 May 2017 23:33:15 GMT

Changing tastes are putting orange juice's place on the breakfast table in jeopardy.

Feeding the kitty

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:01:02 GMT

The British and Irish Lions are one of the biggest sporting names in rugby union, and they are also one of its premier brands.

Just the job?

Mon, 29 May 2017 23:25:58 GMT

Ever had a job interview that seemed to have nothing to do with your ability to do the job?