The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 28 min 6 sec ago
The US Federal Reserve intends to continue reducing economic stimulus measures, minutes of the central bank's January meeting confirm.
Greece posts its first current account surplus since records began in 1948, fuelled by a 15% growth in tourist spending.
UK unemployment drops by 125,000 to 2.34 million, with the rate now at 7.2%, the Office for National Statistics says.
French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen seals a long-awaited rescue deal that will see its founding family cede control of the company.
The billionaire French industrialist and senator Serge Dassault is held for questioning over alleged vote-buying in a Paris suburb.
The Scottish government will be given power to issue its own investment bonds from 2014, UK ministers announce.
Defence group BAE Systems agrees pricing with Saudi Arabia over the rising cost of a long-running Eurofighter Typhoon jet deal.
Sports Direct, the retailer run by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley, reports a 14.6% increase in quarterly profits, thanks to a Christmas boost in sales.
Lotus become the final team to run their 2014 Formula 1 car in public as the second pre-season test starts in Bahrain.
Argentina is petitioning the US courts to delay a $1.3bn (£0.8bn) repayment to its creditors.
The world's second-largest generic drugmaker Actavis is buying Forest Laboratories for about $25bn (£15bn) in its biggest-ever acquisition.
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Shares of beverage giant Coca-Cola saw their biggest fall in two years on news of an 8.4% fall in profits.
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World governing body Fifa allows Arena da Baixada in Curitiba to remain a venue for this year's World Cup.
Italian supercar and Formula 1 racing firm Ferrari posts record profits for 2013, despite selling fewer cars.