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UK's growth for 2014 revised up

The UK's economy grew at a faster pace than initially estimated last year, revised official figures show.

B&Q set to close about 60 stores

Kingfisher, the owner of DIY chains B&Q and Screwfix, is to close about 60 B&Q stores in UK and Ireland over the next two years.

Election focus on economy and health

The Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems make pledges on employment, taxation and mental health while being pressed for more details on planned cuts and tax rises.

Honda invests £200m in UK plant

Car maker Honda announces it is to invest £200m in its UK plant - a year after it cut hundreds of jobs due to falling sales.

Yoox agrees Net-a-Porter deal

Italian online fashion retailer Yoox agrees an all-share merger deal London-based rival Net-a-Porter.

Silk Road agents charged with theft

Two former US agents are charged with stealing digital currency that came into their possession during an investigation into the notorious marketplace.

Profits jump at tech giant Huawei

Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies says profits jumped a third last year, boosted by strong performances in all its businesses.

Asia will drive growth, says Diageo

Despite the volatility in its Asian business, the world's largest spirits maker, Diageo, says 50% of its products' sales growth will come from the region.

Kingfisher shares up on revamp plan

Shares in Kingfisher lead the FTSE 100 higher after it announces plans to close about 60 B&Q stores over the next two years.

Macquarie 'to cut nearly 100 jobs'

Australia's Macquarie Group is reportedly planning to cut nearly half of its investment banking jobs in Asia following a slump in deals.

Asian shares higher on China easing

Asian shares head higher on Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street and measures by China to boost its economy.

Bank stress tests cover global slump

The UK's banking industry will have to prove it can endure a global economic slump in this year's Bank of England stress tests.

Jay Z promotes music streaming brand

Some of the biggest names in entertainment have re-launched the music subscription service Tidal, which they claim will change musical history.

Queen faces action in pay dispute

The Queen faces industrial action from staff at Windsor Castle as they are balloted in a dispute over pay.

VIDEO: Drinks firm optimistic about China

The boss of the world's biggest distiller Diageo, Ivan Menezes, says he's optimistic about China, despite the country's anti- extravagance campaign.

VIDEO: Why Japan has so few entrepreneurs

Japan has one of the lowest levels of entrepreneurship in the developed world, many people still aspire to work as an employee of a big corporation.

VIDEO: Siemens criticises Labour for advert

To reinforce Labour's business message the party took out a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times, but at least one company has objected to its comments being used for political purposes.

VIDEO: Business in a 'sea of insecurity'

Ed Miliband says that the business world in the UK is in a "sea of insecurity", exacerbated by concerns over future EU membership.

VIDEO: NZ hopes to influence new China bank

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley explains why the country was the first western nation to support China's plan for a new development bank.

VIDEO: Pao loses Silicon Valley bias case

A jury finds that a Silicon Valley firm did not discriminate against a female employee.

VIDEO: Would you buy a phone made of grass?

BBC News talks to designer Sean Miles of Design Works, who has moulded a phone from recycled parts and natural materials, including grass.

VIDEO: New airport to help Nigerian economy

The global fall in the price of oil has prompted Nigeria to build an airport and diversify its exports.

How can we curb 'fat cat' bosses' pay?

Can excessive salaries be curbed?

Where are Japan's entrepreneurs?

Could a new breed of entrepreneur jump start Japan?

Is fibre key to connecting Africa?

Is fibre key to getting all of Africa online?

Women give tech sector wake-up call

Tech industry in the spotlight for sexism

The couple who built a theatre empire

How a husband and wife built the UK's biggest theatre group

Do MPs need a new building?

What should we do with the Houses of Parliament?

Yoox in talks with Net-a-Porter

Italian online fashion retailer Yoox says it is in merger talks with London-based rival Net-a-Porter.

Varoufakis: End 'toxic blame game'

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis calls for an end to the "toxic blame game" between Greece and Germany.


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