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China's 7.4% growth beats forecast (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:36:11 GMT)
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:49 GMT)
The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:29:02 GMT)
Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

'China must allow currency to rise' (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:28:43 GMT)
The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

Coca-cola's fizzy sales go flat (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:19:55 GMT)
The amount of fizzy drinks Coca-Cola sells worldwide falls for the first time in 15 years, but still drinks sales are up by 8%.

UK inflation falls to 1.6% in March (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:26:57 GMT)
UK's inflation rate, as measured by the consumer prices index, fell to 1.6% in March, the Office for National Statistics says.

House prices continue to accelerate (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:32:20 GMT)
The rate at which UK house prices are rising has continued to increase, official figures show, with prices up 9.1% in the year to February.

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:59:12 GMT)
Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.

Pawnbroker exits administration (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:34:42 GMT)
A group of investors buys UK pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond out of administration, but not all of its stores are included in the deal.

Final approval for EU banking reform (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:21:41 GMT)
MEPs back rules for a banking safety net to minimise the risk of further EU taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Debenhams sees profits fall 25% (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:35:11 GMT)
Department store chain Debenhams reports a 25% fall in half-year profits after what it calls a "challenging" trading period.

Nestle reports slow first quarter (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:41:37 GMT)
Nestle reports its worst first-quarter sales growth since 2009, blaming unusual weather, a late Easter, poor sales in emerging markets and cost-conscious Europeans.

Independence 'risks defence jobs' (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:21 GMT)
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

Barclays appoints new board pay boss (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:17:00 GMT)
Barclays has appointed Crawford Gillies as chairman of its remuneration committee, to replace current chair Sir John Sunderland later this year.

US inflation stays low in March (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:56:54 GMT)
A sharp fall in petrol prices helped to keep US consumer inflation well below the Federal Reserve's 2% target in March.

Diageo bids to control India drinks firm (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:37:56 GMT)
Global drinks giant Diageo announces it will launch a $1.9bn tender offer to acquire a majority stake in India's United Spirits Ltd.

Tobacco firm to close factories (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:30:26 GMT)
Imperial Tobacco announces it is to close two of its factories in the UK and France, with the loss of almost 900 jobs.

China gold demand 'on the rise' (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:42:42 GMT)
China's demand for gold is expected to rise by about 20% by 2017, as the country's population becomes increasingly wealthy, the World Gold Council says.

Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:39:00 GMT)
Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

Footballer helps save pasty company (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:01:25 GMT)
Former Leeds United footballer, Danny Mills, is among investors who stepped in to save 35 West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets

Families on 'financial knife-edge' (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:14:35 GMT)
Almost 4m families have enough money to pay their rent or mortgage for only a month, if made jobless, housing charity Shelter says.

Graduate starting pay 'falling' (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:33:41 GMT)
Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests

'Almost 85,000' Scots on zero-hours (Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:53:19 GMT)
As many as 85,000 people in Scotland could be employed on zero-hours contracts, according to the Scottish Trades Union Council.

Sharp increase in US retail sales (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:43:29 GMT)
US retail sales saw their biggest gain in 18 months in March, official figures show, as the economy continues to gather strength.

Australia: Second airport for Sydney (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:33:34 GMT)
Australia approves construction of a second international airport in Sydney, nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated.

Heartbleed hackers hit Mumsnet (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:12:53 GMT)
Parenting site Mumsnet and Canada's tax collecting agency say that hackers exploiting the Heartbleed bug have stolen data.

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan (Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:37:42 GMT)
After decades of decline, Taiwan's bamboo industry is now recovering as the plant is being used to make a wider range of goods, says the BBC's Cindy Sui.

The Whole Foods way of engaging staff (Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:06:16 GMT)
How can firms engage their employees? Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey explains how he motivates his staff.

Meet Singapore's coffee king (Sun, 06 Apr 2014 22:30:43 GMT)
Adrin Loi, who grew up watching his father brew extra strong coffee for hungry workers in a tiny Singapore stall, wants to spread its spirit globally.

European Rugby Cup gets go-ahead (Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:12:23 GMT)
A new European Rugby Champions Cup to replace the Heineken Cup is given the go-ahead and will start in the 2014-2015 season.

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