UK Business News

Greece minister in key France talks
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:27:12 GMT
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is holding talks in France, as Greece begins its drive in Europe to renegotiate the country's huge debt.

Pension tracing service to expand
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 06:58:07 GMT
A free service which helps people locate pension pots they have lost track of will triple its number of staff to meet record numbers of enquiries.

BT attacked on rural broadband costs
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:11:41 GMT
At least £90m will be reinvested in rural broadband services after an underspend by BT, the BBC learns.

Oil summit to hear pleas for action
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 00:20:25 GMT
An oil industry body is to call for "meaningful action" from government at a summit to help tackle challenges facing North Sea operators.

Greek PM offers olive branch on debt
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:20:42 GMT
Greek PM Alexis Tsipras seeks to repair relations with creditors, amid fears of a showdown over Greece's efforts to roll back austerity measures.

Uber sued over India rape allegation
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:03:17 GMT
An Indian woman who says she was raped by a Delhi driver of web-based taxi firm Uber files a lawsuit against the service in a US court.

Merkel rules out Greek debt relief
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 14:05:39 GMT
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects any cancellation of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.

Qatar buys 10% stake in BA owner
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:55:42 GMT
Qatar Airways announces a surprise investment in International Airlines Group, the owner of British Airways and Iberia.

Eurozone deflation gathers pace
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:10:11 GMT
Eurozone deflation deepens in January, as prices fall by 0.6% compared with last year, pushed down by lower oil prices.

Nokia name row with London start-up
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:59:13 GMT
Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

US growth slows in fourth quarter
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:10:51 GMT
The economy expanded by 2.6% in the last three months of 2014 - sharply lower than in the third quarter.

Easyjet backs Heathrow expansion
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:59:23 GMT
Budget airline Easyjet says it is in favour of expanding Heathrow airport in a submission to the Airports Commission

Russia cuts interest rates to 15%
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:44:22 GMT
Russia has cut its main interest rate from 17% to 15% because inflation "is stabilising".

Mortgage approvals hint at sales dip
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:11:42 GMT
New figures suggest the recent slowdown in property sales may continue for at least the next few months.

BT earmarks £2bn to pay off deficit
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:35:30 GMT
BT sets aside £2bn to deal with its swelling pension deficit as part of a 16-year plan.

Google agrees privacy policy changes
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:39:09 GMT
The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.

Jesus stickers cause insurance row
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 08:27:03 GMT
An insurance company threatens to void the policy of a Christian minister who put religious stickers on her car.

Office puts chips under staff's skin
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:01:30 GMT
Rory Cellan-Jones visits a building where microchipped workers gain entry and use photocopiers by holding up their hands - and trials the tech himself.

Men's pay falls 'more than women's'
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:02:45 GMT
Men have seen the real value of their pay fall far more than women in the past few years, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Energy firm profit margins to rise
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:09:04 GMT
The UK's energy regulator Ofgem says the big energy firms are likely to enjoy a small increase in their profit margins in the coming year.

Pace of house price growth slowing
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:21:34 GMT
House price inflation is continuing to slow, according to the latest results from two leading surveys.

Denmark, Deutschland and deflation
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:06:20 GMT
Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker explains how developments in Germany and Denmark are hallmarks of strange times in the eurozone.

China tops US for foreign investment
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:25:14 GMT
China overtakes the US as the top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI), for the first time since 2003.

Bank governor warns on eurozone
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:55:06 GMT
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned the current structure of the eurozone puts it in an "odd position".

The challenge for copycat China
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:11:43 GMT
Chinese firms are well known for their imitations of Western brands. How can they become more innovative?

The petrolhead and his hit car website
Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:22 GMT
How 24-year-old car fan Adnan Ebrahim set up Car Throttle, a popular website aimed at young motoring enthusiasts.

Brazil's tribal groups adopt tourism
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:17 GMT
Indigenous tribes in Brazil are increasingly turning towards tourism to make their living, but there are concerns that some may be being exploited, reports Donna Bowater from the Amazon.

MOTD remains on BBC TV until 2019
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:49:57 GMT
The BBC renews its deal to show Premier League highlights on Match of the Day for a further three years.

Football TV sale 'should be halted'
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:19:41 GMT
Virgin Media has asked the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom to halt the auction of Premier League football TV rights until a probe into the process is completed.

England drives global football deals
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:24:10 GMT
Football clubs spent a record £2.7bn in international transfers in 2014, with English football clubs accounting for £795m of the total.

VIDEO: Would you let your firm microchip you?
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:35:47 GMT
A hi-tech office in Sweden offers to implant microchips under the skin of staff in bid to make some simple tasks easier.

VIDEO: Obama and Modi: Were talks a success?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:58:17 GMT
Is the relationship between the US and India moving in the right direction? Simon Atkinson reports.

VIDEO: Namibia's flourishing film business
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:38:34 GMT
Hollywood studios are increasingly attracted to African locations and Namibia is a particularly popular choice.

VIDEO: McDonald's losing out to competitors
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 11:00:58 GMT
McDonald's sales are slumping amid competition from high end fast-food burger chains in the US

VIDEO: Alibaba's earnings worry investors
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:55:42 GMT
Shares in Alibaba have plunged almost 9% after the Chinese e-commerce giant's quarterly earnings report showed weaker-than-expected sales growth.

VIDEO: Benin beauty boss cashes in on shea butter
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:53:26 GMT
Gilles Adamon, founder of Natura soaps and cosmetics, talks about the shea butter industry in Benin.

VIDEO: Comeback for Jordan's film industry?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:25:24 GMT
News of a Hollywood production and talk of incentives gives some Jordanians optimism for the future of their film business.

VIDEO: Jordan businesses get free makeover
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 00:07:10 GMT
Two Amman based graphic designers have started a project that offers dilapidated businesses modern makeovers completely free of charge.

Greece: The dangerous game
Sun, 01 Feb 2015 12:40:23 GMT
Are EU officials more anxious than they are letting on?

The tennis entourage can pay its way
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:23:50 GMT
Why it pays for players to have an entourage

Can fancy burgers help US workers?
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:29 GMT
Why is US burger firm Shake Shack set to raise millions?

Finnish start-ups rise from Nokia's ashes
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:02:44 GMT
Nokia's demise hit Finland hard - but left a vibrant start-up scene

The new banks you cannot speak to
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:02:00 GMT
The new banks you cannot speak to

Easterbrook's new McJob
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:22:30 GMT
The Watford fan taking the helm at McDonald's

The firms helping teenage girls
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:05:29 GMT
The firms helping girls in the developing world

Why is Apple sitting on $142bn?
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:11:37 GMT
Apple and its $142bn embarrassment of riches