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Bank governor warns on eurozone

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".

Facebook earnings beat expectations

The social network reports fourth-quarter profits of $701m, a 34% increase from the same period a year earlier, buoyed by strong mobile advertising sales.

McDonald's boss steps down

McDonald's boss Don Thompson steps down after two and a half years in the job, as the company struggles with a declining customer base in its home market.

Samsung earnings hit by mobile sales

South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics reported its first annual earnings decline in three years.

Nintendo halves annual profit target

Nintendo's operating profit grew nearly 50% in the last quarter but it was not enough to keep the game-maker from slashing its full year target.

Asian shares lower after Fed meeting

Asian shares traded mostly lower, following Wall Street's lead after the US Federal Reserve said it was on track to raise interest rates this year.

Greece markets hit by default fears

Greek financial markets were in turmoil on Wednesday after the new anti-bailout government appeared determined to defy the country's international creditors.

Fed to remain 'patient' on rate rise

The US Federal Reserve reiterates that it will be patient in raising interest rates, but adds it is weighing "international developments".

Apple profit 'biggest in history'

Record sales of iPhones help Apple to report a first quarter profit of $18bn, the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company.

Tesco names 43 UK store closures

Supermarket giant Tesco names the 43 stores it is closing across the country - a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.

Boeing reports soaring profits

The aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing has reported a 19% rise in fourth quarter net earnings to $1.47bn.

Football TV sale 'should be halted'

Virgin Media has asked the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to halt the auction of Premier League football TV rights until a probe into the process is completed.

Star Wars toy sells for £18,000

A Star Wars fan sells a collection of Star Wars figures - including one item for £18,000 - to raise the cash to buy a house.

China tech giant in spat with state

China's biggest internet retailer, Alibaba, is involved in a harshly worded spat with one of the country's regulators in a highly unusual public clash.

Russia to spend $35bn on rescue plan

The Russian government will spend at least 2.34 trillion roubles to try to stave off an economic crisis, following a collapse in oil prices and the value of the rouble.

Property sales reach seven-year high

Property sales across the UK rose by 14% last year to 1.22 million, the highest number since 2007, official statistics show.

Yahoo to spin-off Alibaba stake

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

Tesco recalls 'foul smelling' drink

Tesco recalls its blackcurrant and apple squash drink after accidentally adding a flavouring with a "strong odour" similar to garlic.

Watchdog clears Beckham whisky advert

The advertising campaign using David Beckham to promote whisky is cleared by a watchdog after a complaint that it would encourage underage drinking.

Home insurance cost less in 2014

Home owners paid less on average for their buildings and contents insurance last year, says the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Firms fined over pension enrolment

The number of firms fined for failing to meet deadlines for enrolling staff in a pension scheme has increased, figures from the Pensions Regulator show.

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.

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.

Scotch 'worth £5bn to UK economy'

Scotch whisky contributes almost £5bn to the UK economy and supports more than 40,000 jobs, according to industry research.

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.

The petrolhead and his hit car website

How 24-year-old car fan Adnan Ebrahim set up Car Throttle, a popular website aimed at young motoring enthusiasts.

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.

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.

Rangers accept £10m Ashley loan

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


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