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Miliband plans zero-hours crackdown

Ed Miliband will unveil plans to tackle the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts in a speech in Scotland later.

Lifestyle quiz to secure a mortgage

Mortgage applicants will face tougher questions about their lifestyle from lenders, under new rules that come into force on Saturday.

Tech giants settle hiring court case

Four of the biggest technology firms - Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe - settle a class action case alleging they conspired to hold down salaries.

Barclays wins pay package vote

Barclays shareholders vote to approve the bank's remuneration package, which includes higher bonuses despite a 30% fall in profits.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Amazon profits thin as expenses jump

Internet retailer Amazon reports a 32% jump in profit to $108m in the first quarter, but investors worry over increasing expenses.

Tokyo inflation rate at 22-year high

Tokyo consumer prices rise at their fastest pace in 22 years, surging 2.7% over a year, pointing to a likely increase in inflation across Japan.

Microsoft earnings beat estimates

Microsoft earnings decline to $5.66bn, but beat market estimates as new chief executive Satya Nadella's push into cloud computing pays off.

Gherkin tower in receivership

London's Gherkin skyscraper has been placed into receivership by creditors after one of its owners was declared insolvent

Barclays pays $280m over mortgages

Barclays agrees to a $280m settlement with US regulators over allegations it misled US mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the housing crisis.

Cost of recalls hits GM profits

General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches

Post Office staff agree pay deal

The postal union, the CWU, says it's secured a pay deal covering more than 3,000 staff at Crown Post Offices worth up to 7.3% over 3 years.

UK car production rises in March

UK carmakers increased production in March, helped by demand from Europe and after a number of firms finished upgrading their plants.

Rogues 'using Green Deal as cover'

Con artists are using the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme as cover to cheat cash out of householders, Citizens Advice has claimed.

US seeks e-cigarette restrictions

The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking minimum age restrictions and warnings on e-cigarettes because of uncertainties over their impact on health.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads

Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.

Monster Inc: Nessie advice for firms

Businesses in the Highlands have been offered free advice on how they can cash in on the Loch Ness Monster myth.

Small print 'longer than a novel'

Small print on some car insurance policies has a higher word count than George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, a consumer website has found.

Further IT problems for Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of RBS, reports problems with its computer systems, as some customers are debited twice for cash machine withdrawals.

Governments clash over pension costs

The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.

Tuition-fee change savings 'unclear'

A study says the public cost of higher university fees and loans is "highly uncertain" and depends on how much future graduates will earn.

South Korea growth beats forecasts

South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.

UK government hits borrowing target

The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

Portuguese bond yield falls to 3.58%

Portugal's chances of exiting its three-year bailout rose after yields on its 10-year government debt fell sharply to an eight-year low of 3.58% at a bond auction.

Making work more than just a job

Most companies have value statements, but what can chief executives do to ensure they add meaning and are more than rhetoric?

The man who helps Somali firms grow

The BBC's Jane O'Brien profiles US-Somali investor Mohamed Ali, who returns to his African homeland to help businesses to grow and prosper.

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs talk to the BBC about how to succeed - and share some of their biggest mistakes.

Match-fixer arrested in Finland

Convicted football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, officials say.

Rangers' finances fragile - Easdale

Rangers are in a "fragile" financial state and would not survive a second administration, a club shareholder tells BBC Scotland.

Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.


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