Shares in Asia have recovered some of the steep falls suffered on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei index rising 3%.
The UK's economy grew at 0.3% in the first three months of the year, official figures confirm, but concerns remain over the strength of the recovery.
European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, visiting London's City district, says he sees "signs of tangible improvements" in the UK economy.
Four countries in Latin America - Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru - have agreed to scrap most of the tariffs on trade between their four countries.
Nissan says it plans to recall about 841,000 vehicles worldwide due to a faulty steering wheel.
Developing countries are trying to stop mining companies shifting billions of dollars in profits out of their countries, depriving them of much-needed tax revenue.
Ford Motor says it will shut all its Australian manufacturing plants by October 2016, after more than 85 years making cars in the country.
JP Morgan's international bank division has been fined £3m by the Financial Conduct Authority for failures in client advice and record-keeping.
Tata Steel, one of the world's biggest steelmakers, blames weakness in Europe for a net loss in the fourth quarter and says "severely depressed" conditions are likely to persist.
IMF chief Christine Lagarde is grilled by judges in Paris over a big payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister.
International mining companies operating in Mozambique are failing in their obligation to people displaced by coal mining, says Human Rights Watch.
Mothercare recorded another big loss for the last financial year, but said it was making good progress with its turnaround plan.
Profits at the car parts and bicycle retailer Halfords have fallen by almost 25%, after what the company described as a "demanding" trading environment.
The Co-operative Bank has become the latest to introduce talking cashpoints, for blind or partially-sighted people
The UK economy is still a long way from "a strong and sustainable recovery", the International Monetary Fund warns.
Business leaders and politicians are raising concerns over the future of Inverness Airport's links with London Gatwick.
A couple who own an electrical firm had a shock when they received a mobile phone bill for £163,000, then fought for months to have the debt cleared.
David Cameron hails an EU agreement to close tax loopholes as a "turning point", as Google's boss urges politicians to "sort" the system.
The damage from the Oklahoma tornado could reach $2bn (£1.3bn), the Oklahoma Insurance Department warns, although many tenants may have no insurance cover.
Micro-blogging site Twitter says it is bringing in a two-step login for users to beef up security following recent high-profile breaches.
The UK tax authority's failure to hit a target of reducing tax credit fraud and error has "cost the taxpayer dear", a committee of MPs says.
Two people with mental health problems win a legal challenge against the government tests for sickness benefit.
Power NI announces that electricity bills for households and small businesses are to increase by 18% from July.
US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke tells Congress that it is too soon to end the central bank's monetary stimulus programme or raise interest rates.
UK retail sales in April were 1.3% lower than in March as bad weather continued to dent spending, official figures show.
The government borrowed slightly less than first thought in the 2012-13 financial year, the latest official figures suggest.
In recent years there has been an ever-growing number of competition schemes for would-be entrepreneurs, as the BBC's Will Smale reports.
Launching our new weekly feature called The Boss, we take a closer look at what drives Aaron Levie, the founder and chief executive of cloud storage company Box.
Karen Weintraub explores the growth in the number of US small firms who wish to profit from making a positive difference in the developing world.
The firm which acted as administrators for the former Rangers Football Club is cleared of any conflict of interest over its appointment.