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Kraft Heinz drops Unilever takeover bid

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 23:02:28 GMT

Kraft Heinz "amicably" agrees to withdraw plans to buy Anglo-Dutch giant Unilever.

SpaceX successfully launches rocket after Saturday setback

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:46:20 GMT

The US rocket company sends a cargo ship to resupply the International Space Station.

Zuckerberg: My Facebook manifesto to re-boot globalisation

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:01:10 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg talks to the BBC about globalisation, fake news, and a new Facebook manifesto.

Amazon plans 5,000 new posts in UK

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:14:26 GMT

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

Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong arrested in South Korea

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:58:44 GMT

The case is linked to a scandal that led to the impeachment of President Park Geung-hye.

UK retail sales fall unexpectedly

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:08:15 GMT

Sales are down 0.3% in January dashing expectations of growth, official figures show.

China piles pressure on North Korea by banning coal imports

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:51:05 GMT

It is seen as an effort to increase pressure on North Korea after the country's latest missile test.

Hanjin: Final curtain falls on shipping saga

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 03:20:45 GMT

How one of the world's biggest shipping lines has finally run aground.

Austria to sue Airbus over Eurofighter contract

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:02:33 GMT

Its defence ministry believes Austria was misled over the purchase price of the Typhoon warplanes.

South Africa's rand currency 'rigged by banks'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:43:41 GMT

Banks are accused of rigging the price of South Africa's currency, the rand, as far back as 2007.

Hitler's phone to be auctioned in US

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:55:27 GMT

Bidding for the phone, which has the Nazi leader's name engraved on it, will start at $100,000.

Blackberry sues Nokia in patent clash

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:56:21 GMT

Nokia faces claims that it is using nearly a dozen of Blackberry's inventions without permission.

£900 coat maker Canada Goose to sell shares

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:22:36 GMT

Founded in 1957 in Toronto and known for its coyote fur-lined hooded jackets, Canada Goose is set to float.

KitKat maker Nestle misses forecasts as profit falls

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:38:08 GMT

Nestle's sales growth slows to 3.2% from 4.2% amid easing demand in emerging markets.

Vauxhall deal: Minister meets Peugeot and French government

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:09:05 GMT

The UK business secretary has "constructive meetings" over Peugeot's plans to buy Vauxhall.

Wall Street pauses for breath after Trump rally

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:49:33 GMT

The S&P 500 index ends lower, breaking a seven-day winning streak not seen for three-and-a-half years.

ONS figures show UK spending less on alcohol and tobacco

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:05:57 GMT

Families in the UK are spending less on cigarettes and alcohol, but more in restaurants, figures show.

Yahoo and Verizon 'near to agreeing revised sale terms'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:24:43 GMT

Yahoo and Verizon are said to be close to agreeing revised sale terms, after the search giant was hit by cyber attacks.

BBC World News business headlines

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:14 GMT

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

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?

'What if we had no CEO?'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:12:14 GMT

Do firms need a chief executive to lead them? Staff at Swedish firm Crisp explain why they decided to bin the boss.

How to break through as a fashion designer

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:15:50 GMT

Newcomer Roberta Einer describes what it takes to make it in the world of fashion design.

German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:00:32 GMT

Researchers say hackers can use an insecure bluetooth device to listen and talk to a child.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai writes back to girl, 7, who wants a job

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:49:16 GMT

She told him she "liked computers and robots" as she explained why she wanted to work there.

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.


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.

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.