UK Business News
BT warns of rise in phone bills
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:27:40 GMT
BT warns millions of customers it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% from December this year.
Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:55:52 GMT
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".
Buyers gain £1,300 a year over rents
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 23:27:27 GMT
First-time buyers now save £1300 a year by taking out a mortgage rather than renting, according to Britain's largest lender, the Halifax.
Co-op Bank reports loss of £75.8m
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:33:01 GMT
The troubled Co-operative Bank cuts its pre-tax losses in the first half of the year, and cuts staff numbers by 13%.
HSBC boss in 'capital flight' claim
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:28:12 GMT
Uncertainty over an independent Scotland's currency could lead to "capital flight" from the country, the chairman of HSBC claims.
EDF to pay out £3m after complaints
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:00:12 GMT
EDF Energy is ordered to pay £3m after an Ofgem probe into the way the firm handled customer complaints, the last of the "big six" to make such a payment.
LSE rights issue to raise almost £1bn
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:03:01 GMT
The London Stock Exchange is raising £938m in a shareholders rights issue to help fund a £1.6bn US acquisition.
Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:32:35 GMT
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.
Three bids remain for bust shipyard
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:12:31 GMT
Administrators consider three bids for Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, which went bust last week.
Gap goes to India for new customers
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:17:39 GMT
US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and will launch the first two stores early next year.
US bank in record $16.7bn settlement
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:29:12 GMT
Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.
Russia widens McDonald's food probe
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:55:51 GMT
Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.
Ten days left to vacuum up a cleaner
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:25:11 GMT
Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.
Students fall victim to phone scam
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:48 GMT
Hundreds - possibly thousands - of students across the UK are falling victim to an expensive mobile phone scam, according to police.
UK's 'most generous town' revealed
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:11 GMT
Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.
Spy camera cash machine gang jailed
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:46:08 GMT
Four fraudsters behind a sophisticated bank card scam involving a "dizzying array of gadgets" are jailed by a judge at the Old Bailey.
Mortgage lending highest since 2008
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:09:39 GMT
A total of £19.1bn is advanced to homebuyers in July, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says, amid warnings that the property market may face headwinds.
Self-employment at '40 year high'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:06:27 GMT
The number of workers categorised as self-employed has risen to its highest in 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Retail sales rise less than expected
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:00:10 GMT
UK retail sales rise by 2.6% in July, up just 0.1% from June, figures from Office for National Statistics show.
Eurozone growth slows in August
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:32:09 GMT
Eurozone business growth slows in August, weighed down by sluggish French and German economies.
Public finances show £239m deficit
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:40:31 GMT
Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Brewing a beer revolution in Africa
Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:16 GMT
One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius.
Riding a business wave in the surf
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:10:08 GMT
The BBC's Phil Mercer meets Matt Grainger, who has succeeded in combining his hobby with earning a living, by starting a surf business on Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia.
How to crack the US market
Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:58:36 GMT
The US retail market is a tough nut to crack, but there are a number of small UK firms who have managed to succeed in America.
Villa appoint Fox as chief executive
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:24:55 GMT
Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.
2014 Games track goes to Grangemouth
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:38:00 GMT
The 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics track at Hampden Park is to be lifted and moved to Grangemouth Stadium.
Coventry to return to Ricoh Arena
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:32:31 GMT
Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.
VIDEO: Will South Africa go into recession?
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:20:38 GMT
Lerato Mbele reports on whether South Africa will fall back into recession, ahead of the release of the country's latest GDP figures.
VIDEO: London Luton bottom of airport poll
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:51:56 GMT
Passengers should try to use the UK's smaller airports for a better holiday experience, a survey has suggested.
VIDEO: Lidl launches low-cost clothing line
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:04:56 GMT
BBC Breakfast asked Manchester shopper on their thoughts on supermarket clothing as Lidl prepare to launch a women's clothing line
VIDEO: Russia ban bites Polish apple crop
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:11:38 GMT
Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.
VIDEO: Venezuela to fingerprint shoppers
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:21:32 GMT
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.
VIDEO: Why are Moscow McDonald's shut?
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:04:39 GMT
Moscow correspondent Steven Rosenberg looks at the closure of a number of McDonald's restaurants in Russia.
VIDEO: Indian billionaire breaks into poem
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:02:42 GMT
Nadir Godrej, a top executive at one of India's biggest businesses, turns to poetry to describe the challenges facing India's economy.
VIDEO: Pakistan tries to fill mango gap
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:22:11 GMT
Pakistan is trying to take advantage of the gap in the mango market created by the EU's ban on Indian imports.
Galileo: We know where you are
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:00:43 GMT
What pinpointing positions on the planet could mean for you
Day trips: Keeping the costs down
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:53:18 GMT
How to reduce those extra costs of a day trip
Equestrian Games gallop into France
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:01:55 GMT
High hopes for the equestrian world games
Metered water could cost double
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:02:07 GMT
Water bills are rising for heavy users
Poland's apple growers face crunch time
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 23:01:43 GMT
Russian ban starts to bite for Poland's apple growers
The economic impact of Ebola
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:00 GMT
Ebola crisis has serious financial effect on West Africa
'Our economic system doesn't work'
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:03:37 GMT
Shopkeepers in Rome deal with reality of endless economic crisis
The man 'behind a million babies'
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:49 GMT
The man who says he's responsible for a million kids
Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:01:51 GMT
Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future