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Compensation call over energy switch

Energy price comparison sites should compensate customers who changed to tariffs that may not have been the cheapest deals, MPs say.

First-time buyers get 20% discount

First-time home buyers aged under 40 in the UK can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price.

Lloyds to resume dividend payments

Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Wide gap in regional house prices

The gap between the most expensive and cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000, figures show.

Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10%

Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions.

India to unveil reform test budget

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is due to unveil its first full budget in what is seen as a key test of his appetite for reform.

Passport website sues its customers

An unofficial passport website has sued more than 150 of its own customers after they tried to cancel or refused to pay believing they had been misled.

VW faces challenges as profits jump

Volkswagen reports a sharp jump in annual profits as revenue hits €200bn, but warns of tough market conditions this year.

New rail bidders 'must scrap Pacers'

Companies wanting to run rail franchises in the north of England must scrap Pacer trains, the Department of Transport confirms.

US growth revised down to 2.2%

The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.

BA owner reports soaring profits

International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.

Stamp prices set to increase by 1p

The cost of first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail announces.

Airbus reports big rise in profits

French aviation firm Airbus reports a big jump in full-year profits despite setting aside €551m (£401m) for delays on its A400M military aircraft.

German MPs back Greek loan extension

German MPs vote overwhelmingly to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months, despite public scepticism.

Osborne rebuked on EU surcharge claim

MPs say Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have "halved" the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge last year is "not supported by the facts".

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees

Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and promises Labour would fund a reduction by cutting tax relief on high earners' pensions.

Judge rules for flight delay payment

A judge rules that airline Jet2.com cannot delay the payment of compensation due to passengers for delayed flights, setting a precedent for thousands of similar claims.

No future for TV licence, MPs say

The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs says.

Mortgage-free households on the rise

More properties were owned outright than with a mortgage among households in England for the first time in 2013-14, but renting is higher among the young, figures show.

Greek PM vows 'no third bailout'

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras denies his country will need a third international bailout, and vows to "start working hard" to change the country.

Ghana to receive $1bn loan from IMF

Ghana has secured a $1bn loan from the International Monetary Fund that could stabilise its troubled economy.

Sharp fall in UK business investment

Business investment in the UK falls for the second quarter in a row, recording the biggest decline since 2009.

Argentina's love affair with polo

Polo is one of the most popular sports in Argentina, yet unlike football or rugby most of the businesses that keep the game going are small homegrown companies.

The reality of becoming your own boss

Becoming your own boss is many people's dream, but what's it really like to start a business from scratch?

The immigrant who became a drone firm boss

How Mexican immigrant Jordi Munoz set up the largest US-based drone manufacturer, a company called 3D Robotics.

No World Cup compensation - Fifa

Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play 2022 World Cup in November and December.

Chelsea sign £40m-a-year shirt deal

Chelsea sign a five-year shirt sponsorship with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported £40m per year.

Easdale resigns from Rangers board

Bus tycoon James Easdale resigns from Rangers' board following fan pressure against the current Ibrox regime.

VIDEO: 'Positive outlook for A380 jumbo'

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders tells the BBC's Aaron Heslehurst there is a ''positive outlook'' for the A380 superjumbo, claiming ''airlines love it, customers love it''.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time

Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

VIDEO: Can India economy overtake China'?

India is forecast to overtake China to become the world's fastest-growing large economy next year.

VIDEO: 'Gender balance' council for UAE

Can an initiative to promote equality for women in the UAE really make a difference?

VIDEO: Expanding Zimbabwe's platinum mines

How the Zimbabwean government is pushing platinum miners to build a refinery.

VIDEO: African doll in a Barbie world

Taofick Okoya sells up to 9,000 of his Queens of Africa dolls a month and claims to command about 15% of the market.

VIDEO: Sudan's president at UAE arms fair

Wanted for war crimes, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends the first major weapons fair since the 2014 UN arms trade treaty.

VIDEO: Cuba 'keen to update poor internet'

As the US tweaks its web regulations, Cuba is looking to radically update its internet infrastructure.

The men who choose to work part-time

Meet the men opting to work less than a full week

Is the samba over for Brazil's middle class?

Has the music died for Brazil's middle class?

Apps in pockets, bums on seats

Keeping cinema affordable after Orange Wednesday's demise

Can technology help combat CV fraud?

The tech combating job applicant fraud

Nuclear power: The future or the past?

Has nuclear power had its day?

Are tablets falling out of favour?

Are tablets losing their appeal?

Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?

Will Narendra Modi be India's Thatcher?

VIDEO: Conjuring up some India budget magic

Can India's government conjure up a cost-cutting budget?

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VIDEO: 'Positive outlook for A380 jumbo'

Airbus chief executive Tom Enders tells the BBC's Aaron Heslehurst there is a ''positive outlook'' for the A380 superjumbo, claiming ''airlines love it, customers love it''.

VIDEO: Meet the men who went part-time

Close to one million men are now choosing to reduce their hours and take part-time employment. Emma Simpson reports.

VIDEO: Can India economy overtake China'?

India is forecast to overtake China to become the world's fastest-growing large economy next year.

VIDEO: 'Gender balance' council for UAE

Can an initiative to promote equality for women in the UAE really make a difference?

VIDEO: Expanding Zimbabwe's platinum mines

How the Zimbabwean government is pushing platinum miners to build a refinery.

VIDEO: African doll in a Barbie world

Taofick Okoya sells up to 9,000 of his Queens of Africa dolls a month and claims to command about 15% of the market.

VIDEO: Sudan's president at UAE arms fair

Wanted for war crimes, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir attends the first major weapons fair since the 2014 UN arms trade treaty.

VIDEO: Cuba 'keen to update poor internet'

As the US tweaks its web regulations, Cuba is looking to radically update its internet infrastructure.

VIDEO: India's railways under pressure

The Indian government have announced plans to increase investment in India's ageing railway network but foreign companies are still waiting for projects to start.

VIDEO: L'Oreal recruiting using smartphones

The company L'Oreal is trialling an alternative to hiring staff by using the traditional method of requesting a conventional curriculum vitae, or resume.

VIDEO: Will Cuba be dream for US business?

As relations improve between the US and Cuba, American businesses look to the future of new markets and new customers.

VIDEO: Yellen eases fears of rate rise

US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen signals that a rise in US interest rates is unlikely in the near future.

VIDEO: How to grow a start-up firm

What do entrepreneurs need to know to grow their start-up firm into a global giant?

VIDEO: The oil price drop - in 90 seconds

BBC News looks at why oil prices have been falling, and what the impact has been.

VIDEO: Singapore's mothballed oil rigs

In Singapore increasing numbers of oil rigs are being mothballed due to the falling price of oil.

VIDEO: Mobile internet market to flourish

India's mobile internet market is to triple in size by 2017 while China's is forecast to double in three years, says Boston Consulting Group.

VIDEO: Japan's economy: Seaweed lessons

Mariko Oi visits the fishing town of Futtsu in Chiba province and looks at its struggling seaweed industry.

VIDEO: Is fashion feminist?

A fashion academic explores the exploitation and celebration of women by the fashion industry.

VIDEO: North Sea 'must be competitive'

The future of the North Sea oil and gas industry is being called into question, after its worst performance in decades.

VIDEO: Singapore's horse racing ambition

Singapore hopes to create a horse race that can match events with global recognition like the Melbourne Cup or Ascot.

VIDEO: Drone boss: 'I get a lot of support'

Mexican Jordi Munoz started his company while waiting for a green card - now it's one of the biggest commercial drone makers in the world

VIDEO: Tsipras: We won battle, not the war

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has warned of "real difficulties" ahead, as his government faces a Monday deadline to submit a list of reforms to lenders.

VIDEO: Greece prospects 'shrouded in doubt'

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said his country has ''won a battle, but not the war'' in the negotiations about the future of its international bailout.

VIDEO: Greece bailout talks - in 60 secs

BBC News looks at the key issues in Greece's bailout talks, in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: India grapples with subsidies

Can the Indian government follow through on its promises to cut subsidies on fuel and gas?

VIDEO: India budget preview - in 90 seconds

What is likely to be announced in Indian Prime Minister Modi's first full budget?

VIDEO: Sky-high mobile costs in Malawi

The most unaffordable place in the world to own a mobile phone is Malawi, as the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza finds out.

VIDEO: Why Stanley Black & Decker is re-shoring

Stanley Black & Decker has manufactured the first power tool made in the US in 25 years. Chief executive John Lundgren tells the BBC's Linda Yueh why the company is re-shoring.

VIDEO: Nashville, Tennessee - the new Detroit?

Nashville, Tennessee is the home of country music, but now that US car companies are moving production there it is being called the new Detroit, Michigan.

VIDEO: New Year demand for new banknotes

In Singapore, millions of new banknotes are printed each Lunar New Year for use in 'red packets'. But what happens to the old notes?

VIDEO: Walmart to raise worker pay by 24%

The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart, is set to raise wages for more than 500,000 hourly employees at its US stores.

VIDEO: Ethiopia's Japanese work ethic

The Japanese philosophy kaizen - meaning "positive change" - is being encouraged throughout the Ethiopian business community.

VIDEO: Is another financial crisis looming?

Indebtedness is a major risk to the world economy, warns Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times

VIDEO: Lunar New Year markets see sales dip

In Hong Kong and Singapore, markets have sprung up to mark the Lunar New Year. But stall-holders in both cities say takings have not been as high as hoped.

VIDEO: Why red lingerie is big in Asia

Red lingerie sales are booming in Asia thanks to the Lunar New Year.

VIDEO: Indonesia's old remedy faces battle

Ancient Indonesian remedy Jamu is facing stiff competition from illegal copies. Can it survive?

VIDEO: How to stay focused at work

Top chief executives share their tips on how to stay focused at work.

VIDEO: Falling oil price challenge for Texas

Jon Sopel reports from Midland in West Texas on how the falling oil price is hitting the industry in the United States.

VIDEO: Why is inflation rate going down?

The rate of UK Consumer Prices Index inflation dropped to 0.3% in January, its lowest on record, as motor fuel prices continued to fall.

VIDEO: Bangladesh mobile banking revolution

Almost a quarter of adults in Bangladesh have signed up to mobile banking since it was introduced in 2011.

VIDEO: Taipei faces housing crackdown

Taipei's government is cracking down on illegal housing extensions on top of existing apartment blocks after a series of fires.

VIDEO: The Grexit explained - in 60 seconds

Could Greece's debt problems force it out of the eurozone? BBC News takes a snapshot view of the debt crisis.

VIDEO: Washing machine 'vandalism' deadlock

Three executives from LG electronics are due to stand trial in South Korea after being accused of vandalising washing machines made by rival firm Samsung.

VIDEO: Making Scotland's biggest crop better

There are plans to build a world centre for barley science here in Scotland.

VIDEO: South East Asia lags in e-commerce

South East Asia lags the region and other developed parts of the world when it comes to online shopping. Why hasn't the region embraced the trend?

VIDEO: Nutella entrepreneur dies aged 89

Billionaire Michele Ferrero, whose global chocolate empire included Nutella spread and Ferrero Rocher chocolates, has died aged 89.

VIDEO: Taking macarons to Mumbai

Pooja Dhingra tells her own story of abandoning a law degree and founding a macaron empire in Mumbai.

VIDEO: Woz's wonderful watch (and more)

Steve Wozniak talks to the BBC about the future of the watch, and shows off his very own unique timepiece.

VIDEO: Balls: 'We'll toughen tax law'

The Shadow Chancellor has said a Labour government would crack down on tax evasion and "toughen the law" so that HM Revenue & Customs has the resources to collect monies owed.

VIDEO: The world's lifestyle - in 60 seconds

A 60-second video explaining how global wealth has changed the way we live, as part of the BBC's A Richer World season.

VIDEO: Getting a good deal on holiday money

Many of us may shop around to get a good deal on flights and accommodation when planning a holiday, but getting the best value when exchanging currency is often an afterthought.

VIDEO: Oil price drop rocks Nigerian naira

Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer and the drop in oil prices around the world has hit the cost of living.

VIDEO: Creating Africa's coffee culture

Ngozi Dozie, co-founder of Cafe Neo in Lagos, Nigeria, talks to the BBC about building up his coffee shop business.

VIDEO: Should India's sex trade be legal?

Many of India's three million sex workers want the trade to be legalised but opponents fear an increase in trafficking.

VIDEO: India's family-friendly employers

A lack of childcare options for women in India has led some employers to step up and help out.

VIDEO: Indian firms push for missed calls

Companies in India are creating a new kind of customer relations by asking potential customers to call them and hang up.

VIDEO: HSBC whistleblower on tax evasion data

The BBC has seen correspondence sent to the British tax authorities back in 2008 which gave information on clients from one of the five biggest private banks in the world.

VIDEO: Growing US inequality - in 90 seconds

Inequality in the United States has been noticeable since the 2008 recession, but the income gap has been growing for decades.

VIDEO: How Farmville's Zynga lost its shine

The BBC's Jeremy Howell investigates what went wrong at Zynga, as the online gaming company reveals its annual results.

VIDEO: Optimism but no deal on Greece

Talks on the future of Greece's debt repayments have been "constructive" but no agreement has been reached, both sides confirm.

VIDEO: 'Nut rage' saga reveals Korean clans

The airline executive's daughter who made a fuss over how her nuts were served has focused attention on South Korea's dominant chaebol system.

VIDEO: Ikea flat-pack furniture: The game

A group of American games developers have made a video game inspired by the experience of making flat-pack furniture from furniture giant Ikea.

VIDEO: Close-up: How a driverless car works

Driverless cars could soon be a permanent feature of British roads.

VIDEO: Is Asia's booming beauty trade safe?

Its boom time for the beauty industry in countries such as South Korea and Thailand, but how safe are the local operators?

VIDEO: Battle to get senior women in business

Why are women still so rare at the top levels of businesses?

VIDEO: Why Shanghai dropped GDP target

Shanghai is China's first major city to abandon GDP targets - a move that's being seen as a bid to focus on economic quality rather than quantity.

VIDEO: China's Bright Food looks to Europe

China's state-owned food giant Bright Food has made some big overseas acquisitions including in Italian olive oil and Israeli dairy, but it is hungry for more.

VIDEO: TV deal like prune juice - Sugar

Lord Sugar compares the Premier League's new £5.1bn TV deal to prune juice, saying it will "go in one end and out the other".

VIDEO: Should firms pay for staff health?

Indonesia's government introduced a national healthcare scheme last year but some businesses say it is doubling up on cover they already provide.

VIDEO: Tax evasion v tax avoidance - in 90 seconds

The BBC explores the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion in 90 seconds.

VIDEO: HSBC: Were tax bosses tough enough?

The BBC's Kamal Ahmed reports on whether the Inland Revenue could have done more to pursue HSBC's customers who evaded tax.

VIDEO: Timeline 2007-2015: HSBC tax files

Joanna Gosling explains the timeline of events since the leaking of documents showing HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax.

VIDEO: How HSBC 'helped tax evaders'

Banking giant HSBC helped wealthy clients across the world evade hundreds of millions of pounds worth of tax, the BBC has learned.

VIDEO: Drone waiters unveiled in Singapore

Could flying waiter drones by the answer to a shortage of restaurant staff in food-crazy Singapore?

VIDEO: Indian economy: A brighter future?

Consumer confidence in India is rising, but is there anything more to it than sentiment?

VIDEO: Entrepreneurs ship chocolate to US

News of a US court's decision to restrict imports of some British chocolates into America has had an unexpected effect on business here.

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