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Lloyds to resume dividend payments

Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.

Wide gap in regional house prices

The gap between the most expensive and cheapest regional average house prices in England and Wales is more than £350,000, figures show.

Stamp prices set to increase by 1p

The cost of first and second class stamps are each to rise by 1p from 30 March, Royal Mail announces.

US growth revised down to 2.2%

The slowdown in the US economy at the end of last year was more pronounced than previously thought, official figures show.

BA owner reports soaring profits

International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.

New rail bidders 'must scrap Pacers'

Companies wanting to run rail franchises in the north of England must scrap Pacer trains, the Department of Transport confirms.

Passport website sues its customers

An unofficial passport website has sued more than 150 of its own customers after they tried to cancel or refused to pay believing they had been misled.

Airbus reports big rise in profits

French aviation firm Airbus reports a big jump in full-year profits despite setting aside €551m (£401m) for delays on its A400M military aircraft.

German MPs back Greek loan extension

German MPs vote overwhelmingly to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months, despite public scepticism.

Osborne rebuked on EU surcharge claim

MPs say Chancellor George Osborne's claim to have "halved" the UK's £1.7bn EU budget surcharge last year is "not supported by the facts".

Labour pledges £6,000 tuition fees

Ed Miliband says £9,000 tuition fees in England have been a "disaster" and sets out how Labour would fund a reduction.

FTSE lower despite Lloyds dividend

Well-received results from Lloyds and airline group IAG fail to lift the FTSE 100 index.

Net neutrality rules passed by FCC

The US Federal Communications Commission votes in favour of tougher internet regulation, upholding the principle of net neutrality.

Japan's shares edge up to a new high

Japan's benchmark Nikkei index edged up to a new 15-year high as the yen weakened, with investors shrugging off a raft of mostly disappointing economic figures.

Currency losses clip AirAsia's wings

AirAsia, one of Asia's most successful carriers, has posted its first net loss in two years, citing currency exchange losses and higher taxes.

Australian wine firm back to profit

One of the world's biggest listed winemakers, Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) has returned to profit in the six months to December.

Coutts' Swiss bank in tax probe

German prosecutors are investigating the Swiss private banking arm of Coutts over allegations it helped clients evade tax.

Judge rules for flight delay payment

A judge rules that airline cannot delay the payment of compensation due to passengers for delayed flights, setting a precedent for thousands of similar claims.

No future for TV licence, MPs say

The TV licence does not have a long-term future and is likely to be replaced by a new levy within the next 15 years, a group of MPs says.

Mortgage-free households on the rise

More properties were owned outright than with a mortgage among households in England for the first time in 2013-14, but renting is higher among the young, figures show.

Ghana to receive $1bn loan from IMF

Ghana has secured a $1bn loan from the International Monetary Fund that could stabilise its troubled economy.

Sharp fall in UK business investment

Business investment in the UK falls for the second quarter in a row, recording the biggest decline since 2009.

US inflation rate remains negative

US inflation remained negative in January, largely due to steep falls in the price of petrol, official figures show.

The reality of becoming your own boss

Becoming your own boss is many people's dream, but what's it really like to start a business from scratch?

The immigrant who became a drone firm boss

How Mexican immigrant Jordi Munoz set up the largest US-based drone manufacturer, a company called 3D Robotics.

Can you be part-time at the top?

If you can't or don't want to work full-time, you can still go for the top jobs - especially in an economic climate which favours "agile" working.

No World Cup compensation - Fifa

Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play 2022 World Cup in November and December.

Chelsea sign £40m-a-year shirt deal

Chelsea sign a five-year shirt sponsorship with a Japanese tyre manufacturer worth a reported £40m per year.

Easdale resigns from Rangers board

Bus tycoon James Easdale resigns from Rangers' board following fan pressure against the current Ibrox regime.

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