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Banks may be forced to boost reserves

Friday, 31 October 2014

British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.

Russia raises interest rates to 9.5%

Friday, 31 October 2014

Russia's central bank raises interest rates to 9.5% from 8%, a much bigger rise than expected, as it seeks to combat inflation.

Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt

Friday, 31 October 2014

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.

US shares close at record levels

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Dow and S&P 500 close at record levels, helped by a surprise move by the Bank of Japan to boost its stimulus measures.

Former Android boss leaves Google

Friday, 31 October 2014

Andy Rubin steps down from Google, while his former colleague Daniel Graf is demoted at Twitter

Eurozone inflation edges up to 0.4%

Friday, 31 October 2014

Inflation in the eurozone rose slightly in October, giving some hope that the spectre of deflation can be staved off.

BOJ boosts monetary stimulus measure

Friday, 31 October 2014

Japan's central bank, the Bank of Japan, surprises markets by announcing an expansion of its monetary stimulus policy.

RBS reserves £400m for currency probe

Friday, 31 October 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside £400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market.

FTSE up on bank news and Japan move

Friday, 31 October 2014

The FTSE 100 rises more than 1% as investors breathed a sigh of relief over Bank of England plans for capital reserves and welcomed news of a stimulus boost from the Bank of Japan.

Hungary scraps controversial web tax

Friday, 31 October 2014

Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.

BA owner raises profit forecast

Friday, 31 October 2014

The parent company of British Airways, IAG, raises its profit forecast after it reports a 30% increase in third-quarter profits.

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas

Friday, 31 October 2014

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Sony reports loss of $1.2bn

Friday, 31 October 2014

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony reports a net loss for the three months to September of 136bn yen ($1.2bn; £762m).

Citigroup legal costs up by $600m

Friday, 31 October 2014

Investment bank Citigroup puts aside an extra $600m to cover legal expenses due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries".

ANZ bank announces record profit

Friday, 31 October 2014

One of Australia's biggest lenders, ANZ, announces a record full-year net profit of A$7.3bn ($6.4bn, £4bn), up 15% from a year earlier.

Starbucks sales disappoint investors

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Starbucks' shares fall as investors express disappointment at the company's latest quarterly sales figures.

Noriega fails to sue Call of Duty

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, fails in his attempt to sue Activision after a character based on him appeared in a Call of Duty game.

Tesco ATM promises 'free erections'

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

There's been a rather unfortunate translation error on an ATM outside an Aberystwyth store.

Housing market 'losing momentum'

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The UK housing market is showing signs of slowing down, the Nationwide says, with the annual rate of price growth slowing to 9% in October.

Royal Mint bid to woo gold investors

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The Royal Mint announces the sale of a series of new, smaller, gold coins in a bid to encourage more people to invest in bullion.

Motorway fuel '£8 a tank dearer'

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Filling up at a motorway service station can cost the average motorist an extra £8 a tank compared with elsewhere, the RAC says.

US posts better-than-expected growth

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.

US Fed ends QE stimulus programme

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

US Federal Reserve announces an end to the quantitative easing stimulus programme begun in 2008 as economic recovery takes hold.

Singapore 'best place for business'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Singapore is ranked the best country to do business for a ninth consecutive year by the World Bank's annual "Doing Business" report.

Change in China for family succession

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Chinese entrepreneurs have typically chosen family members as their successors, but that tradition is now shifting.

Australia's flexible small firms

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A growing number of Australian small firms are allowing their staff to work flexibly and are offering unusual benefits, saying it improves both morale and productivity.

The man who built a chocolate empire

Monday, 27 October 2014

Hotel Chocolat co-founder Angus Thirlwell explains how he created a corporate mints provider which he transformed into a chocolate empire.

NFL could give UK 'more than £100m'

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A London-based NFL team could be worth more than £100m a year to the UK, according to a new report.

Hearts 'will adopt living wage'

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hearts vow to become the first football club in Scotland - and biggest in the UK - to adopt the living wage.

'Prize money gap needs to be closed'

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Men earn more prize money than women in 30% of sports, a BBC Sport study reveals.

VIDEO: 'I don't know what my destiny is'

Friday, 31 October 2014

A day in the life of Ismael Diabate, an economic migrant stranded in the Moroccan capital of Rabat.

VIDEO: Morocco's offshore oil dispute

Friday, 31 October 2014

US oil company Kosmos Energy is to begin drilling off the coast of Western Sahara - a disputed territory claimed by both the Moroccan government and separatists from the indigenous Saharawi people.

VIDEO: Zimbabwe's crocodile farms

Friday, 31 October 2014

Crocodile farming in Zimbabwe is an expensive, niche business, as the BBC's Brian Hungwe finds out.

VIDEO: Can Indian consumers shop for less?

Friday, 31 October 2014

The BBC's Yogita Limaye asks if ordinary people are witnessing a real change in the cost of living due to slowing inflation.

VIDEO: Is data the next frontier in Africa?

Friday, 31 October 2014

With the vast majority of people choosing mobile phones over fixed lines, is data the next logical focus for Africa's telecommunications business?

VIDEO: Philippines tourism shrugs off warning

Friday, 31 October 2014

Ramon Jimenez, the Philippines' tourism secretary, says a drop in numbers from China is not a major concern because of growing visits from other countries.

VIDEO: Tim Cook 'an important role model'

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Lord Browne, author of The Glass Closet and former Chief Executive of BP, has hailed Apple CEO Tim Cook as "an important role model", after Mr Cook publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying he was "proud to be gay".

VIDEO: Chinese Hollywood builds Forbidden City

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Hengdian, a small town on the east coast of China, has become the setting for one of the largest outdoor movie studios in the world.

Global tax rules 'need tightening'

Friday, 31 October 2014

Global tax rules 'need tightening'

The metal detectors saving marriages

Friday, 31 October 2014

The metal detectorists saving marriages

What are Remploy workers doing now?

Friday, 31 October 2014

How former Remploy workers struggle to find work

Colorado considers fracking's future

Friday, 31 October 2014

Weighing up oil and gas development in Colorado

Is it a golden age for Chinese cinema?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Will Chinese films be the next big blockbusters?

Has quantitative easing worked?

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Has the US Federal Reserve's QE policy worked?

Giant Samsung struggles at the top

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Has the market finally caught up with Samsung?

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