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Banks face competition over accounts

The big four High Street banks are under pressure to offer current account perks as competition in the sector appears to be picking up.

Wonga reports £37.3m loss for 2014

Short-term lender Wonga made a pre-tax loss of £37.3m in 2014 amid a major overhaul of the controversial company.

Russian economy shrinks 2% in slump

Russia's economy shrank by 2% in the first quarter of this year under the pressure of sanctions and a weak oil price, Russian PM Medvedev says.

Action call over grocery pricing

Consumer body Which? demands action from regulator over "confusing and misleading" supermarket pricing.

Sky profits boosted by strong demand

Pay-TV broadcaster Sky reports a 20% rise in operating profits, helped by strong demand for its services across Europe.

Global woes rattle German investors

Investor sentiment in Germany has shown an unexpected fall after rising steadily for the past five months, the closely watched ZEW survey indicates.

Greece asks public agencies for cash

The Greek government asks public sector bodies to hand over any reserve cash to help it meet a payment due to the International Monetary Fund.

Oil prices 'will hit optimum level'

As oil prices hover around highs for the year, industry leaders at the World Economic Forum on East Asia expect the momentum to continue amid rising demand.

Airport sues Aer Lingus for £20m

Belfast International Airport has begun a legal claim at the High Court for £20m damages from Aer Lingus.

Primark sales rise helps AB Foods

Discount clothing chain Primark reports another rise in sales, but profits at owner AB Foods fall after losses at its sugar business.

Mining shares pull FTSE 100 lower

The FTSE 100 reverses early gains after being dragged lower by falling mining shares, which offset positive news from Sky and Arm Holdings.

Credit Suisse quarterly profit rises

Credit Suisse says quarterly profit rose by 23% from a year earlier because of gains from its securities trading and wealth management divisions.

Japan train sets new speed record

A Japanese magnetic levitation train breaks its own world speed record, hitting 603km/h (374mph) on a test run near Mount Fuji.

Google search changes favour mobile

Google is updating its search tools to favour websites that work well on mobile devices above those that fail its criteria

VIDEO: China's biggest car show opens

More than 23 million vehicles were sold in China last year, but as the Chinese economy slows, so has demand for new cars.

VIDEO: Brave enough to challenge your boss?

Junior staff within the airline industry are encouraged to speak up to more senior staff, including pilots, if they believe they have made a mistake.

VIDEO: Are supermarket 'deals' really so good?

The consumer group, Which? has formally requested an investigation into the special offers and promotions used by supermarkets.

VIDEO: Post Office rebuked over cash probes

The Post Office has been criticised in an independent report which examined complaints from sub-postmasters who said the had been unfairly sacked or prosecuted over cash shortfalls at their branches.

VIDEO: Indonesia in the economic spotlight

Indonesia is hosting the World Economic Forum this week and hopes the event will help to attract increased foreign investment.

VIDEO: Leather trade hit by India's cattle ban

Maharashtra becomes the latest state to ban the slaughter of cows - a move that has hit India's leather industry hard.

VIDEO: Is Bulgaria Europe's Silicon Valley?

In a series looking at the challenges facing Europe, BBC News meets a Bulgarian IT entrepreneur.

VIDEO: Falkland Islands oil sparks dispute

Argentina has started legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands.

The tech that rocks the cradle

The tech that rocks the cradle

The rock star who can never be too rich

Rock star Gene Simmons says he will never be too rich

Indonesia grapples with weak rupiah

Indonesia wants tourists to boost its weak currency

What in the world does China own?

What in the world does China own?

The death and rebirth of Y264 TKP

One car's journey to the scrapheap

The start-ups that want your electronic junk

The start-ups that want your electronic junk

Warning of car insurance cost rise

The cost of UK car insurance will rise over the rest of the year, according to the AA, despite a fall in the first quarter of 2015.

UK orders Russian to sell oil assets

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman must sell his North Sea gas fields within six months, the UK orders.


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