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  • Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    The UK sees a second quarter of productivity growth and wages rise more than expected. […]

  • Disruption continues at KFC amid delivery problems
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    More KFC outlets have reopened but many remain closed or are offering a limited menu. […]

  • Meet Cora, your local bank avatar
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Next time you contact your bank, you may be served by a digital avatar instead of a human being. […]

  • Crowdfunding: When gold is the goal
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Great Britain's bobsleighers Mica McNeill and Mica Moore have got to Pyeongchang thanks to […]

  • UK borrowing at lowest level since financial crisis
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Government borrowing is at its lowest level since January 2008, official figures show. […]

  • Black Panther roars at the box office
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Ryan Coogler's superhero film racks up record takings after a phenomenal opening weekend. […]

  • BP says world's oil consumption will peak in late 2030s
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 11:56 am

    A forecast by suggests global consumption will plateau at around 110 million barrels a day. […]

  • Gender pay gap: Men still earn more than women at most firms
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 10:18 am

    New figures show 74% of medium and large companies pay men a higher wage rate than women. […]

  • AA share price plunges on profit warning
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:39 am

    The breakdown and insurance firm is cutting dividend payments as it invests in the business. […]

  • Lloyds hails 'landmark' after return to private sector
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Lloyds Banking Group has reported strong full year profits in its first year as a private […]

  • Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Tory group urges clean break with the EU - Labour says the PM is too "weak" to stand up to them. […]

  • Homebase owner Wesfarmers sees profits down 86.6%
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 5:30 am

    The UK DIY chain is being overhauled and renamed Bunnings by Australian parent firm Wesfarmers. […]

  • Russian rub
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:27 am

    How a Russian entrepreneur created a popular cosmetics brand based around using extracts from […]

  • Making cosmetics from Russian herbs
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:27 am

    How Russian hair and skincare company Natura Siberica become a popular global brand. […]

  • AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn
    Posted on February 21, 2018 at 12:19 am

    AI could be used by rogue states, criminals and terrorists for malicious purposes in the near […]

  • Walmart shares fall 10% as online sales slow
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    A slide in US online sales growth for the world's biggest retailer spooks investors. […]

  • Top City regulator used tax break scheme
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    The incoming head of the Financial Conduct Authority had to repay HMRC after tax scheme "error". […]

  • Venezuela launches oil cryptocurrency
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    The "Petro" is intended to help country's crumbling economy evade tough US sanctions. […]

  • KFC shortages to continue all week
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    The chicken chain says some outlets will be closed all week and others will have a reduced menu. […]

  • Scottish Budget calculator 2018
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Will tax changes in the Autumn and Scottish Budgets leave you better or worse off in 2018/19? […]

  • Qualcomm boosts NXP bid as it resists Broadcom takeover
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Qualcomm has made a new, higher offer for Dutch rival NXP Semiconductors. […]

  • 'Secret' report into RBS published
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    MPs release an official report into an RBS unit accused of mistreating smaller businesses. […]

  • Hangzhou and the Alibaba effect
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    The emergence of a tech behemoth transforms its hometown. […]

  • Jamie Oliver closes flagship Barbecoa restaurant
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    The celebrity chef's two steak restaurants go into administration - but he immediately buys one […]

  • HSBC profits jump to $17.2bn on Asia growth
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

    While well-known on the UK High Street, the banking giant makes most of its money outside of […]

  • Carillion: Regulator was warned over pension deficit
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 9:18 am

    The Pensions Regulators was alerted in 2010 and 2013 over the size of Carillion's pension deficit. […]

  • William Hill fined £6.2m by Gambling Commission for lax controls
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

    The Gambling Commission says 10 customers were able to deposit money linked to criminal offences. […]

  • Maplin in talks with potential buyers
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 12:42 am

    The 200-store electronics retailer hopes that a deal might be done as early as this week. […]

  • Fin tech
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 12:20 am

    Fish farming is big business and producers are adopting new technologies to expand and cut costs. […]

  • Key gig economy case reaches Supreme Court
    Posted on February 20, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Pimlico Plumbers is challenging a ruling that a "self-employed" worker is entitled to basic rights. […]

  • Maternity leave: 'I was made redundant on first day back'
    Posted on February 19, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    As a poll finds "worrying attitudes" among employers, three mums tell the BBC about their […]

  • Chicken shortage hits KFC
    Posted on February 19, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Customers react as KFC closes 562 restaurants after problems with a supplier caused a chicken […]

  • 'You've got to make tough decisions'
    Posted on February 19, 2018 at 11:45 am

    When Mondelez took over Cadbury's it had to make mass redundancies, but how do you do that without […]

  • Beauty boss
    Posted on February 19, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Grit and determination, as well as snakes and dragons, helped Maria Hatzistefanis become a business […]

  • No charge
    Posted on February 16, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    A third of UK car-owners do not have a driveway - so charging an electric car can be difficult. […]

  • Kiwis crackdown
    Posted on February 16, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    New Zealand is set to introduce a radical measure to tame its soaring property market […]

  • Why young people can't afford to buy homes
    Posted on February 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    The biggest decline in home ownership in the past 20 years has been among young people on middle […]

  • Humble origins
    Posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Sweden is one of the most innovative countries in the world, but the business culture discourages […]

  • Manbag mystery
    Posted on February 16, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Increasing numbers of British men are carrying manbags, Mintel says, but what is it that makes a […]

  • Recycling hacks
    Posted on February 15, 2018 at 12:02 am

    As pressure on recycling infrastructure grows, entrepreneurs are turning to unusual ways to get […]

  • Educated survivor
    Posted on February 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Tara's fundamentalist family in rural Idaho would not let her go to school, but she got a PhD from […]

  • Recipe for success
    Posted on February 14, 2018 at 12:06 am

    US flatbread firm Kontos Food is now exporting around the world thanks to a commitment to tweaking […]

  • Norwegian challenger
    Posted on February 14, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Low-cost, long haul carriers like Norwegian are rapidly expanding by attracting young passengers. […]

  • Tinder revolution
    Posted on February 13, 2018 at 12:08 am

    Online dating has become the standard way to find a partner these days. Can AI make it even better? […]

  • Unfair pay
    Posted on February 13, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Some US states have banned employers from asking about previous pay, to tackle the gender ga […]

  • Probe Down Under
    Posted on February 12, 2018 at 6:26 am

    Finance is the country's biggest industry but a landmark inquiry is probing scandals in the sector. […]

  • Scandinavian blues
    Posted on February 12, 2018 at 12:15 am

    While most consumer brands suggest they will make the buyer feel happier, Swedish rainwear firm […]

  • Risk assessment
    Posted on February 12, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Insurer Hiscox focuses on areas like cyber-attack and terrorism, but how do you assess such risks? […]

  • Say what?
    Posted on February 9, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    BBC readers share their worst examples of business jargon following our piece on Davos language. […]

  • Potato plastics
    Posted on February 9, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Better recycling and compostable materials could be an answer to our plastic pollution problem. […]