The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 12 min 44 sec ago
Microsoft's new man at the top
National security request disclosures indicate Yahoo was ordered to hand over content from more accounts than other tech firms in early 2013.
South Africa's mining industry is more than 100 years old, but recent steps are enabling entrepreneurs like Daphne Mashile-Nkosi to become the first woman in South Africa to build a mine from scratch.
Stock markets in Europe fall back, following sharp drops in Asia and on Wall Street amid worries of a US slowdown and weaker growth in emerging economies.
United Biscuits is rebranding the business following research into the emotional role played by its products.
A Texas furniture store owes a staggering $7m after promising to refund customers if Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl.
Toyota forecasts record annual operating profits as the weaker yen helps to boost overseas sales for the export-oriented car manufacturer.
Shares in China's Lenovo, the world's biggest PC maker, fall by as much as 15% as investors question the company's recent acquisition strategies.
The spectre of a US default looms again
The social media website Facebook is 10 years old. Vice President Nicola Mendelsohn answers five key questions about the company's first past, present and future.
Tens of thousands of American tourists are flocking to Cuba under a US scheme to promote a positive view of democracy and the free market.
Why taking lithium batteries on planes could be unwise
We live increasingly sedentary lifestyles, with more and more workers doing desk-bound jobs. So it is ever more important that people move around - even just a little.
Kim Soon-ja, South Korea's kimchi grand master, is helping the government to promote the virtues of the national dish in a global market.
What happens in the next decade?
Virtual pinball games are booming and helping to revive the physical machine business.
Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins is to waive his annual bonus of up to £2.75m for 2013, for the second year running.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns the US government may default on its debt by the end of the month if Congress does not raise its borrowing limit.
The scale of corruption in Europe is "breathtaking" and it costs the EU economy at least 120bn euros (£99bn) annually, the European Commission says.
Lloyds confirms it plans to return more of the government's stake to private hands as it boosts provision for mis-sold payment protection insurance by £1.8bn.