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Sky bidding war erupts with £22bn formal bid from Comcast

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:50:06 GMT

Offer by the owner of NBC and Universal Pictures is 16% higher than 21st Century Fox's bid.

Airbus and Dassault join forces to build next fighter aircraft

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:37:39 GMT

The rival companies join forces to build a fighter aircraft to replace the Eurofighter and Rafale jets.

Whitbread to spin off Costa chain as a separate firm

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:44:59 GMT

Whitbread is to split off the UK's biggest coffee chain after pressure from activist investors.

TSB admits its internet banking woes are not over

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:56:20 GMT

Crisis-hit TSB said its internet bank is working at 50% capacity, leaving half of customers locked out.

Viagogo faces legal action by competition watchdog

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:46:27 GMT

The reseller fails to give consumers better information about the tickets it sells on, the CMA says.

Boohoo online fashion chain sees sales and profits surge

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:02:56 GMT

Online fashion retailer says strong results were achieved against a difficult trading background.

Lloyds Bank profits jump by 23% to £1.6bn

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:35:27 GMT

The bank said it had put aside another £90m for payment protection insurance mis-selling claims.

Shire recommends Takeda's revised £46bn takeover offer

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:09:34 GMT

The improved bid comes after the Irish drugmaker rejected a series of offers from the Japanese firm.

End doubts over diesel's future, says Ford boss

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:59:31 GMT

Government must give consumers more clarity about the future of diesel cars, says Ford's UK chief.

Hamleys owner 'eyes House of Fraser deal'

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:52:30 GMT

The Chinese firm that owns the toy store could take a stake in the department store chain, a report says.

Metro Bank avoids shareholder revolt

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:35:00 GMT

Founder Vernon Hill is re-elected chairman despite controversy over huge payments made to his wife's company.

Vodafone rated worst mobile provider by Which? survey

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:20:42 GMT

The mobile phone giant is ranked lowest for the seventh year in a row by consumer body Which?.

Government could probe Star and Express newspaper takeover

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:40:33 GMT

Government says it is "minded" to investigate Trinity Mirror deal to buy the Star and Express newspapers.

Apple's Shazam deal faces European probe

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:33:43 GMT

Seven countries asked the European Commission to review the purchase of the music identification app.

Capita to raise £700m as losses deepen

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:23:04 GMT

The outsourcing firm is undergoing a major overhaul but its boss says it is not the same as Carillion.

Vaping firm Supreme to join London stock market

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:44:48 GMT

Manchester-based Supreme will raise £10m to build a new factory to make vaping liquid.

No-deal Brexit 'disastrous' for food firms

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 09:55:41 GMT

Free trade with the EU post-Brexit is "crucial" for UK food and drink firms, says a committee of MPs.

Safestyle UK: Bradford-based windows firm issues profits warning

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:48:28 GMT

Safestyle UK, based in West Yorkshire, blamed "aggressive" new competition in the market.

How to Hanami: Chasing Japan's cherry blossom season

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:12:23 GMT

Japan's cherry blossom festival is a short-lived spring experience that draws millions of visitors.

How tariffs saved the US pencil industry

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 23:09:58 GMT

As trade tariff controversies continue, US pencil-makers say levies on Chinese imports saved their businesses.

The senior citizens taking on coding

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:50:36 GMT

In Singapore, senior citizens are learning how to code computer programs on training courses designed to modernise skills and keep older brains sharp.

'I shouldn't have to police Facebook'

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:54:50 GMT

Martin Lewis is taking Facebook to court because of fake adverts showing his face.

Brexit: Five steps to understanding the EU customs union

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:18:24 GMT

Five steps to understanding it, ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week.

Why I live in a plastic bottle castle

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 23:52:35 GMT

The man building a four-storey castle out of recycled plastic bottles.

#MeToo at work

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:07:49 GMT

How companies deal with cases of sexual harassment in the workplace is being scrutinised like never before.

Brazilian saga

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 23:55:45 GMT

Brazil's Odebrecht scandal is one of the biggest corporate corruption cases in history.

Tentative steps

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:20:49 GMT

The fitness tracking firm, co-founded by James Park, has been struggling in a more competitive market.

Flying whales

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 11:14:30 GMT

Airbus's huge new super-transporter plane can carry two passenger jet wings instead of one.

Shake it up

Sun, 01 Apr 2018 00:30:37 GMT

A new breed of adult-focused soft drinks is providing alternatives to traditional alcoholic tipples.

Match fit

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:06:06 GMT

Swiss watchmakers are turning to smart devices in a bid to take on Apple and Samsung.

Baby steps

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:03:41 GMT

How Mexican entrepreneur Ixchel Anaya launched a reusable nappies business that exports around the globe.

Sending home

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:07:58 GMT

The money sent home by migrant workers is relied up on by schools in El Salvador

Model citizens

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:21:21 GMT

China's tech transformation proceeds apace, but with it comes more digital monitoring and control.

Career conversion

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 00:10:24 GMT

When a serious knee injury ended Greg Cox's rugby career, it set him on the path to becoming a multi-millionaire entrepreneur.

Nuclear fallout

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 01:47:13 GMT

Seven years after a nuclear meltdown rocked the world's third largest economy, we speak to those still dealing with the devastation.

Hot dogs

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 02:53:47 GMT

Weekly spending on UK pets has risen by 31% in two years. Here are some of the more unusual wares on sale at Crufts.

Motor show

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:03:01 GMT

Not everybody in the car industry is ready to stop using female models to help sales.

'I founded a bank'

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:50:06 GMT

On International Women's Day, meet Anne Boden, the Swansea tech entrepreneur who founded her own bank.

Lego block

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 17:19:54 GMT

With falling revenues and profits, did the company fail to build bridges with its customers last year?

Carillion fallout

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:27:40 GMT

Carillion's collapse throws the future of its big UK building projects and those that work on them into doubt.

'That's it, go home'

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:16:36 GMT

How the collapse of Carillion has affected those who worked with and for the company.

Carillion's woes

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:52:40 GMT

The construction firm is to be liquidated after its huge financial troubles finally overwhelmed it.

Fashion contender

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:13:47 GMT

Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.