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Government borrowed less than expected in December

Borrowing hit £16.8bn last month as pandemic support for the economy continues.

Marmite maker Unilever to cut thousands of jobs worldwide

Unilever, which also makes Dove soap and PG Tips, will cut the roles in more than 100 countries.

The Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia to be sold as NFTs

John Lennon's eldest son Julian will keep the physical items as he sells digital versions of them.

António Horta-Osório: The banker who can't stay out of the headlines

One of the UK's best-known banking bosses, António Horta-Osório is used to good - and bad - headlines.

State pension age crucial for lower earners

Low earners are more likely to keep working for longer when the state pension age rises, a report finds.

Cost of living: How oil heating price rise is worrying families

More than 1.5 million UK householders rely on oil for heating, with some seeing 50% price rises.

Inflation: Four things that are going up in price and why

From skincare products to used cars - the items that tell the story of the cost of living crisis.

What is the UK's inflation rate and why is the cost of living going up?

The cost of living is at its highest rate for 10 years and is expected to increase further.

What high inflation means - in 90 seconds

The BBC's consumer affairs correspondent, Colletta Smith, breaks it down.

Gen Z on battling soaring inflation for the first time

Those aged 18 to 25 have never experienced inflation before in their lives - how are they coping?

#NoSpendJanuary: Can it really be done?

Every year, the hashtag #nospendjanuary is seen on social media - but how literally do people take it?

Inflation: Seven reasons the cost of living is going up around the world

Global inflation - the rate at which prices rise - is at its highest since 2008. Here are seven reasons why.

Covid travel tests axed in England and Scotland for fully vaccinated

From 11 February, arrivals in England and Scotland will no longer have to take a test within 48 hours.

Will Russia-Ukraine tensions push up UK gas bills?

Gas prices are already high, but a Russian invasion of Ukraine would make matters even worse.

US shares rebound after Russia-Ukraine tensions hit markets

European markets drop sharply as fear of a possible Russian invasion unnerves investors, but US shares stage a rebound.

Brewdog chief James Watt accused of inappropriate behaviour

Former US workers at the brewing giant say James Watt's behaviour made female bartenders feel "uncomfortable" and "powerless".

Peloton takes another hit from TV heart attack

After a heart attack in Sex and the City remake, Peloton gets an unfavourable portrayal in Billions.

Younger workers will benefit from return to office, says boss

Returning to work in offices will help younger staff with their careers, the head of a pub firm says.

Banknote maker De La Rue rocked by supply chain shortages

De La Rue issues profit warning as the pandemic pushes up the costs of the materials it uses.

Vaccine mandates: 'I lost my job for being unvaccinated'

Covid-19 vaccine mandates face stiff resistance in the US, where they are clashing with national ideals of personal freedom.

Fortescue: Firm owned by Australia's richest man buys Williams F1 battery arm

Fortescue Metals says the deal will help it to achieve its target to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Bill extending HS2 to Manchester laid in Parliament

Official approval for the high speed line to Manchester is a "landmark moment", says the government.

Cathay Pacific annual loss narrows to as little as $720m

The airline warned of further losses after Hong Kong tightened aircrew quarantine rules again.

‘They were like bandits’ - how did the rich get richer?

Did a Bank of England policy to save the UK economy during the financial crash make the wealthiest people even wealthier?

The people deciding to ditch their smartphones

The smartphone users who are ditching their handsets to take back more control of their lives.

Like a drone that you sit in – but would you feel safe?

Personal drones that can transport one or two passengers will soon be available for anyone to buy.

What can we do to get more women into coding?

How visual, auditory and kinesthetic tools used to teach kids coding should be adapted for adults.

How delivery apps created 'the Netflix of food ordering'

Innovative food delivery apps offer everything from multiple restaurant orders to home chef cuisine.

CEO Secrets: 'The traditional job interview is dead'

Rachael Flanagan, founder and CEO of cleaning company Mrs Buckét, shares her business advice.

Colombo Port City: A new Dubai or a Chinese enclave?

China is helping Sri Lanka build a new city to rival global offshore centres. Who will it benefit?

Energy bills: 'It feels like I'm sleeping outside'

People tell of their struggles to cope, with energy bills set to soar by more than £700 this year.

The people using YouTube to pay for their French chateau

How chateaux owners are using advertising revenues from social media posts to earn a living.

The controversy of wood pellets as a green energy source

Wood pellets are touted as a 'green' way to make electricity, but many reject these claims.

The AI software that could turn you in to a music star

Artificial intelligence is now smart enough to write tracks that earn streaming service royalties.

CES: Should the world’s biggest tech show have gone ahead?

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has gone ahead in Las Vegas, despite the pandemic.

Lithuania: The European state that dared to defy China then wobbled

It stood up to China over Taiwan, but this week Lithuania's president said it made a mistake.

The woman working to get unwanted food to the hungry

Maria Rose Belding explains how she started a US database to distribute unwanted food to the hungry.

Caviar sales soar as more people get a taste for posh fish eggs

Global producers of caviar say that demand has soared since the first lockdown.

Is there a better way to make new resolutions stick?

There are lots of apps that promise to make you healthier and happier but are they any good?

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What high inflation means - in 90 seconds

The BBC's consumer affairs correspondent, Colletta Smith, breaks it down.

Winter Olympics: Snowboard company Burton defends working in Xinjiang

Watch as Burton China's chief executive is quizzed on operating in the troubled region.

The alcohol-free 'off-licence' helping with Dry January

"You shouldn't focus on what it is that you're losing, but what you want to gain in your life."

'My life is on hold until the crisis is over'

Liz Vick from Salford lives in a low-rise building which has fire safety issues due to missing cavity barriers, not cladding, so will not be helped by the government's proposals.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak on UK cost of living and rising prices

The chancellor says he wants to “make sure policies we’ve got in place do help people”.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee: Royal Mint releases new coins

We take a look behind the scenes at the Royal Mint, where new coins are designed and produced.

UK's best bus driver: Derbyshire woman's inspiring journey to help others

Karen Miles has been crowned UK bus driver of the year for her work during the pandemic.

Life inside one of the world's few Stilton makers

This Leicestershire dairy is one of a handful that produces the festive favourite.

CEO Secrets: 'Don't overthink, fail fast and move on'

Joel Akwenuke, founder of hair treatment company NewFade, shares his business advice.

Tom Kerridge: Covid shuts restaurants for Christmas

The celebrity chef says staff sickness and guest cancellations will have a catastrophic effect.

CEO Secrets: How a lockdown wine business went viral

Partner in Wine founder Lucy Hitchcock shares ideas on becoming a ‘biz-fluencer’ for CEO Secrets.

US father fired on Zoom describes 'callous' call

Dad of five Christian was one of 900 employees laid-off on a Zoom call, weeks before Christmas.

CEO Secrets: 'Call centre work trained me to be a CEO'

Steven Bartlett, the 29-year-old co-founder of Social Chain, shares his business advice.

How I got my dream job with a Tube station pitch

Haider Malik landed a dream position after finding a unique way to attract employers' attention.

HGV shortages: Why European drivers don't want to come back to the UK

Lorry drivers say more investment is needed to make the UK industry more attractive to workers.

Duolingo boss: 'Develop your social skills'

Luis von Ahn, co-founder and CEO of language-learning app Duolingo, shares his business advice.

Covid: Are Christmas parties being cancelled over Omicron?

Restaurateurs say they are worried Christmas parties will not go ahead this year over Covid fears.

Black Friday: 'Harder to give big, headline discounts'

Steve Finch of toy retailer bopster, explains the pressures his firm is under for Black Friday this year.

Cladding crisis: Year-long struggle to get help

Under shared ownership, Emma owns 50% of her flat - but is liable for all the cladding costs.

'We hope natural Afro hair TV advert is first of many'

The first UK television advert for a brand aimed at women with natural Afro hair airs this weekend.

Mark Carney at COP26: Countries should have a carbon price

Carbon taxes will not happen overnight, the UK prime minister’s finance adviser for COP26 says.

CEO Secrets: 'Company culture shouldn't be too nice'

If your firm's culture is too nice, no one tells when you make mistakes, says CEO Tamara Littleton.

PM confirms he is not in favour of new UK coal mine

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is not in favour of a proposed coal mine in Cumbria.

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