UK Business News

Apple to replace AT&T on Dow Jones
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:16:57 GMT
Apple, the biggest US company by market value, will be included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 19 March.

'Open season' for pension fraudsters
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:00:24 GMT
The new pension freedoms will be an 'open season' for fraudsters trying to steal people's savings, according to industry experts.

US adds 295,000 jobs in February
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:43:32 GMT
The US economy adds 295,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate fell to 5.5% from 5.7%, Labor Department figures show.

Vodafone offers global maternity deal
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:30:46 GMT
Vodafone is introducing a worldwide maternity policy, offering significantly better terms than the statutory minimum in the countries where it operates.

Thomas Cook shares jump on China deal
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:52:50 GMT
Shares in Thomas Cook jump 21% on news Chinese conglomerate Fosun, which owns Club Med, has bought a 5% stake in the UK travel company.

Dozens arrested in cybercrime raids
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:23:17 GMT
The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) has mounted a "strike week" against suspected hackers resulting in 56 arrests.

DFS chain returns to stock market
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:15:38 GMT
Shares in furniture chain DFS make a steady return to the London stock market, following a flotation that values the firm at £543m.

Glenn appointed FA chief executive
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:59:32 GMT
The Football Association appoints current CEO of United Biscuits, Martin Glenn, as its new chief executive.

UK 'needs action' on driverless cars
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:59:58 GMT
The government needs to work out how driverless cars will be introduced onto UK roads, an influential group of MPs has said.

Banker lost job 'after risk fears'
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:42:15 GMT
A banker who claims he lost his job after raising concerns about his employer will have his case heard at a full employment tribunal hearing after losing a preliminary hearing.

US banks pass first 'stress test'
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:15:17 GMT
All 31 US banks have passed the first hurdle in the Federal Reserve's latest round of annual "stress tests" to see how they would cope in the next economic crisis.

King seizes control at Rangers EGM
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:06:09 GMT
Dave King, Paul Murray and John Gilligan succeed in seizing control of Rangers with about 85% of shareholder votes.

Weir shares rise on bid speculation
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:37:55 GMT
Shares in engineering firm Weir Group rise following rumours it could be a takeover target, but the FTSE 100 index falls.

Fraud office probes Bank auctions
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:44:55 GMT
The Serious Fraud Office is investigating liquidity auctions held by the Bank of England during the financial crisis, the Bank says.

UK rates mark six years at 0.5%
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 12:47:59 GMT
UK interest rates are kept unchanged again by the Bank of England, meaning they have now been at their record low of 0.5% for six years.

ECB raises eurozone growth forecast
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:45:18 GMT
The European Central Bank raises this year's growth forecast for the eurozone to 1.5%, and says it will begin its quantitative easing programme next week.

'Spocking' not illegal, Canada says
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:11:39 GMT
The Bank of Canada announces that tribute pictures of Leonard Nimoy's Spock on bank notes is not against the law.

Singapore 'world's priciest city'
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:07:17 GMT
For the second year running, Singapore tops the list as the world's most expensive city to live in, says the Economist Intelligence Unit.

UK house prices dip 0.3% in February
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:13:48 GMT
UK house prices fell 0.3% in February leaving the average house price at £192,372, according to the Halifax.

Fuel rebate for 17 areas approved
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:44:50 GMT
The European Union approves the rollout of rural fuel rebates to 17 areas in Scotland and England.

Secondary ticket sites agree changes
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:02:07 GMT
Four secondary ticket-selling websites have agreed to be more transparent, following pressure from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

China sets 2015 growth target at 7%
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:40:33 GMT
China, the world's second-largest economy, has set its growth target at about 7% for this year, the government said.

Brazil raises rates to six-year high
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:56:03 GMT
Brazil's central bank lifts interest rates to a six-year high of 12.75% in an attempt to restrain inflation.

Retail sales boost for eurozone
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:35:03 GMT
Eurozone retail sales rose for a fourth consecutive month in January, official figures show, indicating the zone's economy may be picking up.

The art-loving property developer
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:07:18 GMT
How Argentine investor, property developer and art collector, Eduardo Costantini, built up his business and made a fortune.

Argentina's love affair with polo
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:08:17 GMT
Polo is one of the most popular sports in Argentina, yet unlike football or rugby most of the businesses that keep the game going are small homegrown companies.

The reality of becoming your own boss
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:05:53 GMT
Becoming your own boss is many people's dream, but what's it really like to start a business from scratch?

Jockey Club plans record prize money
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:40:22 GMT
The Jockey Club says it will increase its contribution towards prize money at its 15 racecourses to a record £19.9m in 2015

Durban eyes Olympic prize after Commonwealth
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:25:42 GMT
The South African city of Durban is all set to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games - and it is already aiming for the Olympics.

Liverpool FC finances back in black
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:06:26 GMT
Liverpool Football Club reports a profit for the first time in seven years, mainly as a result of rising media revenue from the Premier League.

VIDEO: More women in German boardrooms
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:25:20 GMT
A law passed in Germany will see 100 of the country's largest businesses appointing more women on their supervisory boards to meet the newly set quota of 30%.

VIDEO: Social security: India's new plan
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:03:29 GMT
The BBC's Sameer Hashmi asks if the proposal for a universal social security system in India is realistic.

VIDEO: South Africa's appetite for fast food
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:05:24 GMT
The fast food industry is rapidly establishing itself across Africa, as Lerato Mbele reports.

VIDEO: Wage rises on the cards in the US
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:27:54 GMT
There are now signs that things are getting better for ordinary Americans as companies like Walmart agree to wage increases.

VIDEO: Airline industry's safety innovations
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 02:21:14 GMT
A year on, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 remains shrouded in mystery, but the airline industry is busy making sure the incident is not repeated.

VIDEO: Kenya's quiet 'food revolution'
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:11:19 GMT
Local restaurants will soon feel the force of fast food in Kenya, reports the BBC's Michael Kaloki.

VIDEO: Australia's wave of surfing profits?
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:34:42 GMT
Australia's multi-billion dollar surfing industry has been facing challenges since the global financial crisis, but things may be turning around for the sector.

VIDEO: BoE under investigation for fraud
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:40:29 GMT
The SFO is investigating the Bank of England after allegations that the process under which it lent to banks during the financial crisis was "rigged".

Banking on the internet-only revolution
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 00:01:21 GMT
The online-only banking revolution

The Lean In impact on US women
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:01:03 GMT
What impact has Lean In had on women?

Aston Martin battles to reinvent itself
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:55 GMT
Aston Martin's battle to reinvent itself

Attracting foreign entrepreneurs
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:47 GMT
How countries are competing to attract foreign entrepreneurs

Wind turbines take to the skies
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:31 GMT
Is wind power coming of age?

When an ordinary car is not enough
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:13:54 GMT
When an ordinary car just isn't good enough

Carmakers face challenge from tech giants
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:12:57 GMT
Carmakers face a challenge from Google and Apple

Why are UK petrol prices rising again?
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:23:16 GMT
Why are petrol prices rising again?

University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:14:25 GMT
University feeds 270,000 taking refuge from Boko Haram