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Putin orders retaliatory sanctions

Wed, 2014-08-06 16:27
Russian President Vladimir Putin bans or limits agricultural imports from countries imposing sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Molson shares surge on results

Wed, 2014-08-06 13:25
Shares in brewer Molson Coors jump more than 6% after the company announced strong quarterly results.

Walgreens to buy up Alliance Boots

Wed, 2014-08-06 11:41
High Street chemist Alliance Boots is to be bought up by US pharmacy giant Walgreens, with the new firm to be called Walgreens Boots Alliance.

Russia gang in 'largest data breach'

Wed, 2014-08-06 11:39
A Russian group hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, in what is being described as the "largest data breach" ever.

Facebook sued by 25,000 members

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:56
A privacy action being taken against Facebook has attracted 25,000 members of the social network who are now seeking damages.

US trade deficit narrows in June

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:32
The US trade deficit fell 7% to $41.5bn in June after a sharp drop in imports, figures from the Department of Commerce show.

Rangers share uptake falls short

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:21
Rangers are facing a fresh financial crisis after failing to convince city investors to sign up to a new share issue.

UK industrial output in meagre rise

Wed, 2014-08-06 07:34
The UK's industrial and manufacturing output moved back in to growth in June after falling, but by a smaller-than-expected 0.3%.

China 'to punish' Audi and Chrysler

Wed, 2014-08-06 07:21
China says it will "punish" carmakers Audi and Chrysler for "pursuing monopoly practices" following competition investigations.

Italy falls back into recession

Wed, 2014-08-06 06:28
Italy has fallen back into recession after the country's economy contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter of the year.

Standard Chartered faces new US fine

Wed, 2014-08-06 06:00
Standard Chartered has warned it could face more US fines over its money-laundering controls as it reports a 20% fall in half-year profits

Canada and EU agree trade deal

Wed, 2014-08-06 04:26
Canada and the EU agree the final text for a free trade agreement that could provide a blueprint for a deal between the EU and US.

Sprint 'drops bid for T-Mobile US'

Wed, 2014-08-06 03:31
Shares in US telecoms firms Sprint drop sharply in after-hours trade following reports it has abandoned a bid for T-Mobile US.

Apple and Samsung drop non-US cases

Wed, 2014-08-06 00:08
Smartphone and tablet rivals Apple and Samsung agree to withdraw all legal cases against each other outside the United States.

US firms to invest $14bn in Africa

Tue, 2014-08-05 21:38
US President Barack Obama reveals that US companies are planning $14bn of investment in Africa at the inaugural US-Africa Leaders' Summit.

How did Lego become a gender battleground?

Tue, 2014-08-05 20:39
How did Lego become a gender battleground?

How mobile phones became fashion items

Tue, 2014-08-05 19:42
How mobile phones became the latest fashion accessories

How Cobra Beer regained its sparkle

Tue, 2014-08-05 19:20
A profile of Cobra Beer founder Lord Bilimoria, and how his company survived and recovered from the financial crisis of 2008.

Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner

Tue, 2014-08-05 18:09
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox withdraws its bid to purchase US entertainment giant Time Warner for an estimated $80bn.

BA suspends flights amid Ebola alert

Tue, 2014-08-05 16:29
British Airways suspends flights to and from Liberia and Sierra Leone until the end of August amid concerns over the Ebola outbreak.