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Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The US Federal Reserve gives Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key part of the reforms introduced by Congress following the financial crisis.

Apple 'failing to protect workers'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.

Two US states sue over marijuana

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in the US state of Colorado.

US stocks continue Fed-driven rally

Thursday, 18 December 2014

US stocks close at record highs on Thursday, with the Dow Jones surging over 400 points, continuing a rally sparked by the Federal Reserve the day before.

Aer Lingus rejects bid by BA owner

Thursday, 18 December 2014

British Airways owner IAG says that Irish carrier Aer Lingus has rejected its takeover offer.

Swiss interest rate to turn negative

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Switzerland's National Bank will bring in a negative interest rate cutting the value of any money left on deposit in the country.

Oil price fall forces firm revamp

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A Canadian company operating in the North Sea has been forced to restructure its debt following the fall in oil price.

North Sea oil sector near 'collapse'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".

Putin seeks to ease economic fears

Thursday, 18 December 2014

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

Fall in oil prices 'temporary'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Recent falls in the price of oil are likely to be temporary, says the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, Opec's biggest producing nation.

Number in debt to energy firms rises

Thursday, 18 December 2014

About 6% of domestic energy customers were in debt to their supplier in 2013, figures show, but energy firms still owe money to customers too.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday

Thursday, 18 December 2014

UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.

English council funds 'cut by 1.8%'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

English councils will face an average cut of 1.8% in their overall spending power, the government says.

Mortgage lending dip 'continues'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

UK mortgage lending in November returned to the level seen a year earlier, lenders say, offering more evidence of a post-summer slowdown.

Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says a new report.

Mobile deal to reduce 'not-spots'

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Agreement is reached between the government and the country's biggest mobile networks to improve coverage across the UK.

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

'Tax shock' from Christmas party

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Employers could scupper the season of goodwill by leaving their staff exposed to a tax charge after their Christmas party, accountants warn.

UK using less energy, report finds

Thursday, 18 December 2014

People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.

Pension 'guilty secrets' exposed

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Pension savers with the smallest pots can be exposed to the highest levels of charges, an independent report reveals.

UK sees pick-up in wage growth

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Wage growth picked up in the three months to October and outstripped the rise in the cost of living, while unemployment fell again, official figures show.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises

Thursday, 18 December 2014

US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Russia plans new action over rouble

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.

Oil price forces new Nigeria budget

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.

Building the biggest baby food firm

Monday, 15 December 2014

How Paul Lindley, the boss of Ella's Kitchen, built up the UK's largest baby food business.

Unwrapping Africa's red tape

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.

The value of celebrity endorsements

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A growing number of small firms are boosting sales thanks to securing celebrity endorsements, but doing a deal with a famous figure doesn't necessarily guarantee success.

SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.

Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.

GAA stadium decision 'was unlawful'

Monday, 15 December 2014

Northern Ireland's environment minister acted unlawfully in approving a new GAA stadium in west Belfast, a High Court judge rules.

VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory

Thursday, 18 December 2014

A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.

VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.

VIDEO: Oil pipeline could benefit Iraqi Kurds

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Kurdistan could soon be joining the ranks of the world's major oil exporters, thanks to a new pipeline to Turkey.

VIDEO: Has the high street got worse?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Three years ago retails expert, Mary Portas, carried out a review of the high street for the government and the BBC takes her back to one of those towns, Stockport, to find out if anything has changed.

VIDEO: 'Greece should stay in the EU'

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

The European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs says he wants "to open a new ear" in the relationship between the European Union and Greece.

VIDEO: Testing out paying by gloves

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The first contactless payment gloves are being trialled in stores in the run up to Christmas - Rory Cellan-Jones put them to the test.

VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.

VIDEO: Portas call for high street help

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Retail expert Mary Portas accuses the government of making "token gestures" to rejuvenate Britain's struggling high streets.

The casualties of Russia's decline

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The knock-on effects of Russia's economic troubles

Social shopping takes off in Asia

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The latest trend driving Asian spending sprees

Myanmar's pop-up power stations

Thursday, 18 December 2014

The mobile generators boosting Myanmar's electricity supply

The people working on Christmas Day

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Those spending the day at work rather than celebrating

Cuba's economy set to get a boost

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Five economic upsides to the US-Cuba deal

Headline numbers: Osborne plan makes little difference

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Osborne’s payment plan makes little difference, says Anthony Reuben

TTIP: The EU-US trade deal explained

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Why are the EU-US trade talks proving to be so controversial?

Virtual galleries open new markets for art

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Online art sales boom, led by Chinese buyers

EU investment: Juncker's cunning plan

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Will Juncker's new EU fund lure investors?

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