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Government borrowing falls to £6.8bn

UK government borrowing fell to £6.8bn in April, down from £9.3bn a year earlier, official figures show.

Tobacco firms challenge packaging law

British American Tobacco and Philip Morris file legal challenges against the UK government over plain packaging for cigarettes.

Cost of rent 'up 4.6% in a year'

The cost of renting a home rose by 4.6% in the year to the end of April, the fastest rise since November 2010, an agency group says.

UK job quality stalls for first time

A measure of the quality of jobs done by workers in the UK has fallen slightly for the first time.

Ecclestone challenges £1bn tax move

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes to court to challenge the legal basis of assessments that have left him facing a UK tax claim of more than £1bn.

Nationwide's profits rise 54% to £1bn

Nationwide building society reports a 54% rise in annual pre-tax profit to £1.04bn as it regains its position as the UK's second-largest mortgage lender.

Supermarket lights send 'GPS' data

A first-of-its-kind lighting system has been installed at a supermarket that tells an app where shoppers are standing and which way they are facing.

Watchdog investigates lubricant deal

Reckitt Benckiser's possible acquisition of the K-Y brand "could lead to higher prices for personal lubricants", says the UK's competition watchdog.

Mazda and Mitsubishi recall more cars

Two more Japanese car giants - Mazda and Mitsubishi - are recalling 630,000 cars to replace faulty airbag inflators made by Takata.

Costa owner appoints female boss

Whitbread, the company that owns Costa Coffee and Premier Inn, is to become the sixth FTSE 100 company with a female chief executive.

Vodafone leads FTSE 100 higher

Vodafone was the star performer on the FTSE 100 in Friday morning trading, adding nearly 4%, as the benchmark index made modest gains.

Tesco to cut sugar in soft drinks

Campaign group Action on Sugar welcomes Tesco's commitment to reduce added sugars by 5% per year in all their own-label soft drinks.

Pickpockets close Eiffel Tower

Famous Parisian landmark the Eiffel Tower is closed to tourists after staff walked out complaining about the growing number of pickpockets.

South Korea 'nut rage' woman freed

Former Korean Air executive Heather Cho, who was jailed for an outburst over macadamia nuts, has been freed after winning a court appeal.

VIDEO: A tour of London's 3D Print Show

As the London 3D Print Show rolls into town, the BBC's Theo Leggett offers a whistle-stop tour to assess the industry.

VIDEO: 'Make In India': Is it working?

The BBC's Sameer Hashmi looks for signs of progress in the plan to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.

VIDEO: Who makes money out of YouTube?

Ali Moore asks YouTube's Global Head of Music Partnerships Christophe Muller, who makes money out of YouTube?

VIDEO: The Narendra Modi village coach trip

Fans of India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, can now enjoy an excursion to his hometown of Vadnagar.

VIDEO: Value of S Korea's education system

When it comes to education in South Korea, the demand is so strong it accounts for 12% of all consumer spending.

VIDEO: Is cash no longer king?

For the first time in Britain paying without cash is more popular than using notes and coins.

VIDEO: How to measure feet with an iPad

The Clarks shoe company started using iPads to measure children's feet last year, and it's all about capturing invaluable foot data.

VIDEO: Bank fine has worldwide implications

Emanuel Daniel, from the Asian Banker, sets out the implications for Asia of the latest huge fine to be imposed on banks.

Why measure feet with iPads?

Why a shoe company measures kids' feet with iPads

How criminal charges became another day at the office for banks

How do you make the banks listen?

Why the productivity gap?

Why UK output is even lower than that of Italy's

The growth of pet crematoriums

The growing popularity of pet crematoriums and cemeteries

How do you measure inequality?

What is the best way to calculate inequality?

Mexico's car industry revs up

How Mexico's car industry is being ramped up

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VIDEO: A tour of London's 3D Print Show

As the London 3D Print Show rolls into town, the BBC's Theo Leggett offers a whistle-stop tour to assess the industry.

VIDEO: 'Make In India': Is it working?

The BBC's Sameer Hashmi looks for signs of progress in the plan to transform India into a global manufacturing hub.

VIDEO: Who makes money out of YouTube?

Ali Moore asks YouTube's Global Head of Music Partnerships Christophe Muller, who makes money out of YouTube?

VIDEO: The Narendra Modi village coach trip

Fans of India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, can now enjoy an excursion to his hometown of Vadnagar.

VIDEO: Value of S Korea's education system

When it comes to education in South Korea, the demand is so strong it accounts for 12% of all consumer spending.

VIDEO: Is cash no longer king?

For the first time in Britain paying without cash is more popular than using notes and coins.

VIDEO: How to measure feet with an iPad

The Clarks shoe company started using iPads to measure children's feet last year, and it's all about capturing invaluable foot data.

VIDEO: Bank fine has worldwide implications

Emanuel Daniel, from the Asian Banker, sets out the implications for Asia of the latest huge fine to be imposed on banks.

VIDEO: HK exchange seeks ties with Shenzhen

The head of the Hong Kong stock exchange tells the BBC a decision on the timing of an investment link between Hong Kong and Shenzhen exchanges could come within days.

VIDEO: Osborne warning to 'sleepwalking' EU

The Chancellor George Osborne tells business leaders Europe has to carry out reforms to avoid "sleepwalking" into a future where it has priced itself out of the global economy.

VIDEO: Germany's railways grind to a halt

Millions of commuters in Germany have had their travel plans disrupted as train drivers across the country stage their ninth strike in just 11 months.

VIDEO: Japan's economic woes explained

Despite some positive economic growth figures for the first three months of the year, average Japanese families will continue to feel the pinch, at least for now. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes explains why.

VIDEO: Classes for parents in Singapore

Parents in Singapore are going back to class to try and help their children keep pace with their education.

VIDEO: Net neutrality: Whose side are you on?

Net neutrality is often cited as one of the key issues that will shape the future of the internet - but what does it mean?

VIDEO: Whose face will be on new £20 note?

The image of a visual artist will appear on the next version of the £20 note - and the Bank of England wants the public to make nominations.

VIDEO: Chinese Premier seeks deals in Brazil

China's Premier has begun a three-day visit to Latin America, where he's expected to sign deals worth $50bn.

VIDEO: Ghana hits brakes on oil exploration

Until a maritime territorial dispute between Ghana and Ivory Coast is resolved, drilling for new oil reserves must stop, says the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

VIDEO: Uganda's school lessons in robotics

Solomon King Benge, founder of Fundi Bots, explains why he started his technology enterprise teaching robotics in Uganda.

VIDEO: Tempting Chinese tourists to India

Only about 3% of India's seven million foreign visitors last year were from China.

VIDEO: Slump for Zambia's furniture makers

In Zambia the local furniture and timber industries are fighting for survival against cheap, high quality imported products.

VIDEO: India's 'home grown' Chinese cuisine

Why are there so few Chinese people running India’s Chinese food scene?

VIDEO: Why Nigerians are queuing for fuel

Right across Nigeria people are struggling with a fuel shortage that is causing major disruption.

VIDEO: Taiwan's worst drought in 67 years

Taiwan is facing its worst drought in 67 years, with the island reservoirs at dangerously low levels - water is rationed and power could be next.

VIDEO: What now for India's Yemen evacuees?

Fighting in Yemen left thousands of resident Indians with no choice but to return home.

VIDEO: India's Trans-Asian rail goes slow

The Indian prime minister's visit to China is not just focused on trade with each other - but also with the region and its transport links.

VIDEO: A look around a large container ship

The biggest British registered container ship has arrived in Southampton, as part of its maiden voyage.

VIDEO: Japan's first post-WWII arms exhibition

For the first time since World War Two an arms exhibition has opened its doors in Japan.

VIDEO: Indonesia tackles deforestation issue

Indonesia's government is looking to renew a two-year moratorium on the clearing of forests to improve the environment.

VIDEO: The face of Colombia's coffee

One of the success of the Colombian coffee industry has been its branding model, which created a fictional character based on a typical Colombian coffee farmer.

VIDEO: Economy on agenda in Modi China visit

India's prime minister begins his first visit to China on Thursday but relations between the world's two most populous countries is complex.

VIDEO: Co-op 'under-managed for a long time'

The chief executive of the Co-operative Group has blamed past mismanagement of the organisation for the problems it has faced.

VIDEO: Singapore tops school rankings list

The biggest ever global school rankings have been published by the OECD, with the top five places taken by countries in Asia.

VIDEO: Unemployment down to 1.83 million

Employment figures published Wednesday showed another fall in unemployment to 1.83 million people - down 35,000.

VIDEO: 'Pigeon blood' ruby sells for $30m

The Sunrise Ruby has become the world's most expensive coloured gemstone, selling for $30m (£19.1m) at auction, with costs.

VIDEO: Why Australia holds budgets at night

Why Australia presents its budgets in the evening

VIDEO: The children Malaysia doesn't want

Thousands of sons and daughters born to foreign workers in Malaysia are not being granted documentation by the government.

VIDEO: Dreamland's ride to a brighter future

Margate's Dreamland is weeks away from re-opening ... but can it recapture its glorious past?

VIDEO: Free money ignored in city experiment

They say nothing in life is free, so what happened when social media firm The LAD Bible left £25 "for people in need only" in the middle of Manchester city centre?

VIDEO: Mumbai's 'informal' nighttime economy

As day turns to night in Mumbai, the "informal" economy continues to thrive, as Samira Hussain reports.

VIDEO: India's new middle class dating game

An increasing number of young Indian professionals are taking love and dating into their own hands.

VIDEO: S Africa's labour movement crisis

What will the turmoil and division among unions in South Africa mean for the country's frail economy?

VIDEO: Harnessing solar power in Ghana

The prolonged energy crisis in Ghana in west Africa has prompted more and more people to turn to solar power.

VIDEO: Uganda's women-only gym

Fitness is big business, but in countries like Uganda - which has just got its first women-only gym - being a woman and going to the gym can be a bit daunting

VIDEO: When having a baby costs you your job

The founder of campaign group Pregnant then Screwed, Joeli Brearley , speaks to Victoria Derbyshire about workplace rights.

VIDEO: How much is the sea worth?

As the WWF releases a report on the economic value of the world's oceans, BBC News looks at their findings, and the value of auditing nature.

VIDEO: Greece: Fears that money running out

There are growing fears that Greece is running out of money after European lenders dashed hopes of a deal to release funds.

VIDEO: Can Alibaba ditch the counterfeiters?

Now that the excitement surrounding Alibaba's $25bn flotation last year has ebbed, the company is focusing on tackling the counterfeiters using its online platforms.

VIDEO: Tax disc confusion 'costs millions'

The AA estimates motorists are losing out to the tune of almost £40m because of the way the new tax disc system works, although the DVLA disputes the figures.

VIDEO: Asia battle for US bullet train deal

Two titans of Asian business and technology battle for the contract to build America's first bullet train.

VIDEO: How will parties keep economy growing?

Robert Peston asks some of the parties how they will keep the economy growing in the years ahead.

VIDEO: Seychelles rum: An export success

The story of Takamaka Bay rum, a dark rum distilled, manufactured and exported by two brothers in the Seychelles.

VIDEO: Remittances to help rebuild Nepal

The World Bank's remittance expert, Dilip Ratha, explains the importance of the money being sent back to Nepal by the country's two million overseas workers.

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