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France's private sector output grew at its fastest pace in more than two and a half years in March, bucking forecasts for a further contraction, a survey says.
Ukraine crisis: The weakness of Europe
China demands a clear explanation from the United States following reports that it infiltrated the servers of the Chinese telecoms giant, Huawei.
Shares in Hutchison Whampoa drop sharply on the news that it is selling a stake in its beauty and retail business to Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings.
Consumer group Which? and the Federation of Small Businesses are asking regulators to investigate the "broken" energy market.
The Co-op Bank plans to raise another £400m by issuing new shares following the discovery of additional costs related to past misconduct and poor documentation.
More skeletons in Co-op Bank's closet
China's manufacturing sector showed further contraction in March, according to a new report which mainly tracks activity in smaller factories.
Did this man discover the cause of financial crashes?
What has made Silicon Fen so successful?
Saudi Arabia's growing role in the Maldives
Fashion entrepreneur Johnnie Boden explains how he built up his mail order clothing business and why overseas expansion offers the best opportunity.
"Ingrained" attitudes among employers and fears about the loss of salary is preventing many men from taking paternity leave, a report has suggested.
The UK's hotels and shops sees income from Russians fall 17% last month as visitor numbers fell back amid political unrest in Ukraine, says a report.
The world's biggest investment fund manager says Scottish independence would bring "major uncertainties, costs and risks," for Scotland and the rest of the UK.
Turkish finance minister tells the BBC that his government's ban on Twitter was justified because the site had failed to comply with court orders.
Violence breaks out at the end of an anti-austerity protest attended by tens of thousands in the Spanish capital Madrid.
The Scottish government welcomes new economic analysis which strongly attacks the UK Treasury's opposition to a currency alliance.
Cycle companies are benefitting from a growing interest in cycling in Dubai, as Howard Johnson reports.
A group of artists is threatening to withhold work from exhibition in Abu Dhabi's new galleries over concerns about the welfare of those constructing the buildings, as Jonathan Frewin reports.