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Apple profit 'biggest in history'

Apple's first quarter profit of $18bn is the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company, according to Standard and Poor's.

England drives global football deals

Football clubs spent a record £2.7bn in international transfers in 2014, with English football clubs accounting for £795m of the total.

Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake

Yahoo has announced a plan to spin-off its 15% stake in China's Alibaba Group and hand the business to its shareholders.

Electronic Arts shares up on results

Shares in Electronic Arts jump almost 5% after the video games publisher reports stronger than expected results.

Asian shares lower on US earnings

Asian shares traded lower on Wednesday with markets tracking losses on Wall Street on Tuesday.

City Link overtime 'will be paid'

City Link employees will receive overtime payments, according to Jon Moulton, the founder of the company which owns the collapsed parcel delivery firm.

UK economic growth hits 2.6% in 2014

The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, but there was a slowdown in the last three months, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Dubai claims Heathrow's traffic crown

Dubai International has taken over from Heathrow as the world's busiest international airport in terms of yearly passenger numbers.

EDF to cut gas prices by 1.3%

EDF says it will cut gas prices by 1.3%, the last of the "big six" energy firms to reduce prices in the wake of a fall in the wholesale price of gas.

US shares hit by weak earnings

US stocks fall sharply following a string of disappointing company results.

Greece debt repayment 'unrealistic'

It is unrealistic to expect Greece to repay its huge debt in full, a spokesman for Syriza - which won Sunday's election - tells the BBC.

Rail passenger satisfaction falls

A survey of 27,000 rail passengers found 81% were satisfied with the service last year, compared with 83% in 2013.

Waitrose to create 2,000 jobs

The upmarket supermarket chain, Waitrose, expects to create 2,000 jobs in new shops and by expanding existing sites.

Bank customers offered compensation

Two million bank customers will be able to claim compensation for being sold unnecessary insurance policies covering the loss or theft of their bank cards.

World tourism numbers top 1.1bn

Global international tourist numbers exceeded 1.1 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.7% on the previous year, according to the UN.

Ireland considers Aer Lingus bid

The Irish government is examining a €1.36bn offer for airline Aer Lingus from British Airways owner IAG.

Easyjet first half losses to fall

Easyjet expects first half losses to shrink, helped by growing capacity and a record number of business passengers.

Economist chooses first female editor

The influential 172-year-old publication sells 1.6m print copies a week

Families hit by cuts, report says

Families with young children and poorer households have been worst affected by government changes to tax and benefits, according to a new report.

Borrowing and saving 'picking up'

Both borrowing and saving by customers of the UK's main banks picked up during 2014, according to figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA).

SSE to cut gas prices by 4.1%

Energy company SSE says it is cutting its domestic gas prices by 4.1% from 30 April, saving the average household £28 a year.

Germany warns Greece over debts

The German government warns Greece that it must meet its commitments to lenders, after the election win of the Greek anti-austerity Syriza party.

Russia's credit rating cut to junk

Russia's credit rating is cut to junk by US ratings agency Standard and Poor's for the first time in a decade.

ECB warns over 'weakened' EU project

A top official at the European Central Bank warns that unemployment and low growth are undermining the European Union.

Brazil's tribal groups adopt tourism

Indigenous tribes in Brazil are increasingly turning towards tourism to make their living, but there are concerns that some may be being exploited, reports Donna Bowater from the Amazon.

The inspiration behind a bike light

How UK entrepreneur Emily Brooke was inspired to develop a new bicycle light, the Blaze Laserlight, which as the name suggests, projects a laser onto the road.

The woes of Fukushima's sake brewers

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, sales of sake from the region have plummeted, with radiation fears putting off Japanese consumers and China banning their import.

Rangers accept £10m Ashley loan

Rangers agree a £10m loan from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct to relieve the club's "perilous" financial state.

Blatter: Uefa lacks courage to stand

Fifa president Sepp Blatter accuses Uefa of lacking the "courage" to challenge his leadership in May's election.

Ashley loans won't be Ibrox-secured

Rangers and Mike Ashley agree that Ibrox Stadium will now not be used as security over any further loans.


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