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Part of Volcker rule delayed by Fed

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'

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

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

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

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

Swiss interest rate to turn negative

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

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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%'

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

Mortgage lending dip 'continues'

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'

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'

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

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

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

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

Pension 'guilty secrets' exposed

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

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

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

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

Oil price forces new Nigeria budget

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

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

Unwrapping Africa's red tape

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

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

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

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


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