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Japan in long-awaited sales tax rise

Tue, 2014-04-01 01:38
Japan raises sales tax for the first time in 17 years, in an attempt to rein in mounting public debt and tackle rising welfare costs.

Exxon shrugs off climate change risk

Tue, 2014-04-01 01:18
Exxon Mobil, the US's largest oil and gas company, says in a new report that world climate policies are "highly unlikely" to stop it from producing and selling fossil fuels in the near future.

China manufacturing remains weak

Mon, 2014-03-31 23:15
Official data from the Chinese government show that manufacturing expanded slightly in March, but analysts say weakness remains in the world's second-largest economy.

OKCupid asks users to avoid Firefox

Mon, 2014-03-31 21:18
Dating website OKCupid asks users to avoid browser Mozilla Firefox in response to new Firefox boss Brendan Eich's previous opposition to gay marriage.

Cash flow king for small businesses

Mon, 2014-03-31 19:16
Late payments affect the cash flow, profitability, and growth prospects of many small businesses, so can technology help solve this chronic problem?

Andy Murray hotel open for business

Mon, 2014-03-31 19:04
Cromlix, Andy Murray's hotel venture near his home town of Dunblane, is open for business.

Troubled GM in new vehicle recall

Mon, 2014-03-31 17:43
GM recalls 1.3m vehicles for a steering defect, with the company already facing questions over its handling of a flawed ignition system.

FA criticised over £90 England shirts

Mon, 2014-03-31 14:20
The Football Association is criticised as new England replica shirts - to be worn at the World Cup - go on sale for up to £90.

Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights

Mon, 2014-03-31 10:47
German airline Lufthansa says it will cancel 3,800 flights this week because of a strike by pilots.

Apple and Samsung row back in court

Mon, 2014-03-31 09:33
The latest round in a bitter tit-for-tat legal row between Apple and Samsung will begin again on Monday in California.

Pub hours extended for World Cup

Mon, 2014-03-31 08:41
The government has agreed that pubs can stay open for England matches that have a late kick-off.

Eurozone inflation falls to 0.5%

Mon, 2014-03-31 07:42
Inflation in the 18-nation eurozone fell to 0.5% in March, marking its lowest rate since November 2009.

The boss who rolled with the punches

Mon, 2014-03-31 04:59
A profile of serial entrepreneur Shaa Wasmund, who continues to enjoy a varied business career that has covered areas such as the internet and boxing.

Network Rail plans £38bn investment

Mon, 2014-03-31 03:06
The operator of Britain's train tracks and stations, Network Rail, announces a five-year plan to invest £38bn in rail infrastructure.

Frozen is highest-grossing animation

Mon, 2014-03-31 02:35
The Disney musical recently reached $1.072 billion (£644.5m) at the worldwide box office, overtaking Toy Story 3.

China demand boosts Huawei profits

Mon, 2014-03-31 02:25
Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei says strong demand from China helped it to increase annual profits by 34%.

Alibaba invests in Chinese mall firm

Sun, 2014-03-30 21:18
Chinese internet giant Alibaba invests $692m in Intime, a Chinese mall operator, as the firm continues its investment spree ahead of its public stock offering.

Japan output slows in February

Sun, 2014-03-30 20:45
Factory output in Japan declined by 2.3% in February, official figures show, ahead of a planned tax increase on 1 April.

Brazil secures Rio slum in mass raid

Sun, 2014-03-30 19:39
Brazilian security forces move into a slum near Rio airport, as part of efforts to drive out drugs gangs before this year's football World Cup.

Berlin: The next Silicon Valley?

Sun, 2014-03-30 19:10
Ambitious, clever and cheap - Berlin's tech challengers