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'Rogue directors' crackdown planned

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

HMRC 'plans to share personal data'

Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.

STV quits CBI over referendum stance

Broadcaster STV becomes the latest company to leave the CBI after the employers' body formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.

Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.

Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade

A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.

US 'delays' Keystone XL decision

The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.

Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.

Pensioners could get death estimate

Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss

The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.

Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty

Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.

UK housing market 'shows resilience'

The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.

Weibo shares surge on US debut

Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start.

US banking giants see mixed results

US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump.

London Market Report

The pound hits its highest level in more than four years against the US dollar.

RBS: No evidence of small firm fraud

Royal Bank of Scotland says law firm Clifford Chance has cleared it over allegations that it forced small firms to close so it could make a profit.

Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers

Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

New teachers 'can't risk mortgages'

A teachers' union leader says young teachers are shying away from taking out mortgages because of uncertainty over their future earnings.

Wage rises catch up with inflation

After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9%

The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.

China 'must allow currency to rise'

The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

Steering a company in a new direction

Major change is a challenge for companies and their investors. How can chief executives shift a firm's course effectively?

The boss who wants staff to have fun

A profile of Henry Engelhardt, the boss of insurance group Admiral, and why he wants his staff to have fun.

The self-storage millionaires

Thirty years ago Britain did not have a self-storage industry. Now it's the biggest in Europe. Who are the canny entrepreneurs who have grown rich selling empty space?

Jockey Club makes record profits

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

Man City players 'best paid in sport'

Premier League players at Manchester City are the best paid in global sport, according to a new study.

Hearts' banker agrees shares sale

Ukio Bankas creditors approve the sale of its shares in Hearts, who can now begin their move out of administration.

VIDEO: UK could become 'nation of renters'

Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

VIDEO: Vinyl fights back against downloads

New research suggests that physical formats for music, like CDs, cassettes and vinyl are experiencing a revival, particularly among younger buyers, despite digital downloads.

VIDEO: Alfa Romeo plots US comeback

Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.

AUDIO: Third believe they may never own home

A third of adults under 45 say they have no prospect of owning their own home, a report by Halifax has found.

VIDEO: Singapore puts innovation on show

Singapore is running a trade fair for entrepreneurs, where exhibitors hope to turn their idea into a worldwide success.

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'

Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.

AUDIO: Why Danny Mills bought all the pies

Former England defender Danny Mills has invested in the struggling West Cornwall Pasty Company.

Selling globally is child's play

The tech making e-commerce easier for small firms

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs share their stories

Cheaper stamps if Scots go it alone?

Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?

John Lewis celebrates 150 years

What's the story of John Lewis' 150 years of success?

Fire ice: The energy of the future?

The latest addiction to help satisfy our energy needs

Alfa Romeo plots a US comeback

After 20 years, Alfa Romeo returns to the US

Sydney airport go-ahead

Economic gold or nightmare reality?

Indian bike messenger firm takes off

How easy is it for Indian start-up firms to get their wheels turning?

How GDP became the figure to watch

How GDP became such an important measurement

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VIDEO: UK could become 'nation of renters'

Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

VIDEO: Vinyl fights back against downloads

New research suggests that physical formats for music, like CDs, cassettes and vinyl are experiencing a revival, particularly among younger buyers, despite digital downloads.

VIDEO: Alfa Romeo plots US comeback

Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.

AUDIO: Third believe they may never own home

A third of adults under 45 say they have no prospect of owning their own home, a report by Halifax has found.

VIDEO: Singapore puts innovation on show

Singapore is running a trade fair for entrepreneurs, where exhibitors hope to turn their idea into a worldwide success.

AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'

Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.

AUDIO: Why Danny Mills bought all the pies

Former England defender Danny Mills has invested in the struggling West Cornwall Pasty Company.

VIDEO: Pennycook: Co-op results 'a disaster'

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013. Interim chief executive Richard Pennycook described the results as "a disaster".

VIDEO: Cyborg glasses mimic eye gestures

A Japanese researcher shows off glasses that display computer-generated eyes, which express emotions to save their wearer the effort.

VIDEO: Union backs plans for Co-op reform

The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn provoking widespread calls for reform, including from one of the business's main unions Unite.

VIDEO: Thousands of China workers on strike

Labour disputes pop up regularly in China, but one strike in southern China over pay is attracting attention because of its size - 40,000 workers are involved.

VIDEO: Is ZTE's choosy strategy working?

ZTE has decided to pass over investing in areas where returns aren't likely to be high - its results later will show how its new strategy is paying off.

VIDEO: End of cost of living squeeze?

Wage increases have finally risen above the rate of inflation, after four years of falling living standards.

VIDEO: Price war sees Tesco profits fall 6.9%

Tesco has reported a 6.9% fall in group trading annual profit to £3.3bn as it continues to lose market share to discount rivals.

VIDEO: Will Jelly repeat Twitter's success?

Biz Stone discusses his new social app Jelly which he hopes will encourage people to help each other out.

VIDEO: China's hard-hit steel industry

China's economy grew 7.4% in the first three months of the year - slightly better than expected, but below the government's target.

AUDIO: Walsh: BA will run planes on rubbish

British Airways have announced plans to run some of its jet planes on rubbish.

AUDIO: Why are Creme Eggs for Easter only?

Cadbury's explain why they do not sell Creme Eggs all year round.

VIDEO: Singapore Airlines multi-path plan

Singapore Airlines is planning a multi-path route to growth - adding partnership arrangements and sponsorship deals to boost its prospects.

VIDEO: China's reform could slow growth

China's economic reform agenda could slow growth on the mainland, first quarter economic figures will be closely watched.

VIDEO: UK inflation fall announced

The UK inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell to 1.6% in March from 1.7% in February, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

VIDEO: Heartbleed hackers hit Mumsnet

A leading UK site for parents and the Canadian tax authority have both announced they have had data stolen by hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug.

AUDIO: HSBC sets up small firm lending fund

HSBC is to set up a £6 billion fund for lending to small and medium sized businesses around the UK.

AUDIO: Retail sales 'fell in March'

BRC director general Helen Dickinson discusses the fall in retail sales in March

AUDIO: Google buys high-altitude drone firm

Internet giant Google has bought high-altitude drone firm Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum.

VIDEO: Bringing Hollywood to Malaysia

A mammoth film studio complex is taking shape in Malaysia's Johor state as the country bids for a slice of the world's movie-making budget.

VIDEO: Steering a business in a new direction

Major change is a challenge for companies and their investors. How can chief executives shift a firm's course effectively?

Source: BBC News - Business

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