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HSBC shares slide after 62% profit fall

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:14:34 GMT

One-off charges, including pulling out of Brazil, hit the global banking giant's annual results.

Government finances record £9.4bn surplus in January

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:22:09 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 11:55:38 GMT

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

Volkswagen 'fixes 470,000 UK diesel cars'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:15:28 GMT

VW's top UK executive says most UK cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal are yet to be mended.

Miners boosted by commodity prices

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:28:50 GMT

Rising commodity prices help two of the world's biggest mining companies report strong profits.

Greece: EU and IMF in 'common position'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:03:41 GMT

Germany's finance minister hints that deadlock between the EU and IMF over Greece may be resolved.

Kraft Heinz drops Unilever takeover bid

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:57:31 GMT

Unilever shares slide as US food giant abandons £115bn bid for Unilever, its Anglo-Dutch rival.

South Africa retail merger collapses

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:37:05 GMT

Steinhoff and supermarket chain Shoprite scrap plans to create Africa's biggest shop network.

Which? says passengers suffering from cabin bag pressure

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:15:52 GMT

Passengers forced to put hand luggage in the hold are losing out, says consumer group Which?

Google and Bing to demote pirate sites in UK web searches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:04:22 GMT

Copyright-infringing music and film websites and unofficial sport streams could be made harder to find under a new agreement.

UK Vauxhall pensions 'could scupper GM Peugeot sale'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:48:21 GMT

The carmaker's pension scheme is one of the UK's largest and is estimated to have a £1bn deficit.

Dulux owner invests in UK paint research

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:13:12 GMT

AkzoNobel, the owner of Dulux paints, plans to expand its research operations in Gateshead.

Amazon plans 5,000 new jobs in UK

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:14:26 GMT

Online retailer Amazon promises to create 5,000 new full-time jobs this year in the UK.

BBC World News business headlines

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:13:25 GMT

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

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?

CEO Secrets: Sex toy boss shares his tips

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:14:08 GMT

Richard Longhurst, co-founder of Lovehoney, a sex toy business, shares his business advice.

Can Ghana build its way out of trouble?

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:24:10 GMT

Despite its economic woes, property developers are optimistic about Ghana's potential.

Ivory Coast's accidental ex-pat network entrepreneur

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00:29 GMT

Evelyne Masumbuko, founder of Abidjan4you, talks about the unexpected success of her website.

Welcome to 'brand Ireland'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:25:13 GMT

Colm O'Regan takes a look at national image and, in particular, Ireland as a global brand.

What Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg told the BBC

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:32:18 GMT

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke to the BBC's Kamal Ahmed off-camera. What did he tell him?

Faster drugs?

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:08:28 GMT

How cloud computing is speeding up the development of potentially life-saving drugs.

Baby Ciao

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:12:08 GMT

Catherine Gazzoli is producing a range of organic baby food influenced by her Italian roots.

Sky jam

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:05:13 GMT

UK air traffic control is investing £600m in a new cloud-based system to cope with rising demand.

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.


Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:13:28 GMT

Do firms really need one person in charge? Staff at Swedish firm Crisp explain why they decided to bin the boss.

In focus

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:14:09 GMT

Will a merger of Essilor and Luxottica be too big for the public good?

Clubbed to death

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:18:19 GMT

Following the demise of the seal-hunting trade, Norway is focusing on a new Arctic gold rush.

Money makers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:04:19 GMT

Guinea pigs may be seen as pets in the UK, but in Peru they are an increasingly popular delicacy.

Keeping it fresh

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:02:39 GMT

How tapping into a growing middle class in emerging markets saw Tupperware Brands go from failing to a global phenomenon.

Best in class

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:30:56 GMT

An international ranking puts Montreal as best world city for students, overtaking Paris.

Distracted to death

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:41 GMT

Drivers using mobile phones on the road are four times more likely to have an accident - but can apps also make us safer?

'It's no good being fluffy'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:03:08 GMT

It's no good artisans making beautiful luxurious items, if they don't know how to sell them. One mentorship scheme is trying to address the gap.

Mobile money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT

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

Thanks, mum!

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:12:51 GMT

The woman who uses blockchain technology to prove where food comes from.

Work to be done

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:04:10 GMT

How Australian entrepreneur Matt Barrie set up and grew website Freelancer, which links people who need tasks done with others who bid for the work.

Too big to fail?

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:53:04 GMT

Spotify may be "too big to fail", according to Billboard magazine, but the clock is ticking as the company hatches its plans to go public.

'A small sacrifice'

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:12:28 GMT

Some company bosses are going to extremes to raise money for charity, but should they do more?

Mood music

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:05:21 GMT

How roboticists and programmers are trying to make their creations more empathetic and "human".

Crisis management

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 23:58:55 GMT

A number of companies and experts explore how businesses should best react to a disaster, be it a cyber-attack, financial scandal or other series issue.

Not so balmy

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:28:45 GMT

With French owner L'Oreal wanting to put The Body Shop up for sale, BBC News asks what's gone wrong at the UK cosmetics chain?

Billionaire school

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:16:40 GMT

What's the stamping ground for the elusive group of start-up billionaires?

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.

New voice for disabled consumers

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:03:52 GMT

Disabled people will get a new chance to be heard in business, thanks to a government initiative.

Brazil's wheelchair tourism guru

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:18:53 GMT

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

How a chef with cerebral palsy has founded a bakery

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:57:49 GMT

How a professional chef with ataxic cerebral palsy is struggling to make his artisanal bakery work.

'It makes for a fantastic business mind'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:32:02 GMT

Kelly Perks-Bevington, who has spinal muscular atrophy type 3, says in the past she may have let her disability hold her back in business, but not anymore.

Paralysed tractor driver: 'It's a lifestyle, not a job'

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:46:40 GMT

Tractor driver Matthew Evans had his machine specially adapted so that he could carry on working after an accident left him paralysed.

Scenting an opportunity

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:47:33 GMT

One Indian aromatics firm is actively recruiting blind people - for their sense of smell.

The agency for disabled talent

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 21:46:48 GMT

Tackling an industry that trades on perfection with a talent agency for disabled actors and models.

Breaking down barriers

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:10:34 GMT

Up to 1.2 billion people around the world live with some sort of disability - and businesses are increasingly realising they have a lot of spending power.