The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 58 min 57 sec ago
Foreign buyers dominate London's luxury home market
US banking giant JPMorgan has reported a sharp fall in profits at the start of 2014, which it has blamed on its mortgage business.
Red bills and red rags in Russia's dispute with Ukraine
German luxury carmaker BMW will recall 156,000 vehicles in the US to check for defective bolts that could lead to engine damage.
Student loans trap US graduates dreaming of home ownership
Output in the UK construction industry fell sharply in February as extreme weather halted work on building sites across the country, official figures show.
A US court accepts a $1.8bn (£1.07bn) settlement for insider trading by US hedge fund group SAC Capital Advisors.
Scotch whisky exports remained flat last year, as sales were hit by slowing demand in China and other emerging markets.
Asian markets end Friday's session lower as investors take their cue from the US market and dump technology stocks.
Samsung's latest smartphone swings in
The Co-operative Bank has confirmed it has made a loss of £1.3bn for 2013 and said it will not pay out £5m to former executives.
The Japanese government approves an energy plan that backs the use of nuclear power, despite public anxiety after the Fukushima disaster.
The US accuses Russia of using gas supplies to try to control Ukraine, as Nato defends the accuracy of satellite images of Russian troops near the border.
Shares of Japan's Fast Retailing tumble in Tokyo trade after the company revises down its full year profit forecasts due to sluggish sales at home.
The United Nations is likely to warn governments that a "dash for gas" will not solve climate change, the BBC's Roger Harrabin reports.
New technologies are enabling small businesses to raise finance from a growing number of alternative sources, breaking the traditional stranglehold of the banks.
The World Bank urges countries to allocate more resources to the extreme poor because economic growth alone is not enough to end poverty.
Student debt has risen dramatically in the US, which leaves many recent university graduates unable to buy their first home. The BBC talks to one family trapped in a "vicious cycle" of debt.
A new European Rugby Champions Cup to replace the Heineken Cup is given the go-ahead and will start in the 2014-2015 season.
Activist investor Carl Icahn drops his call for e-commerce giant eBay to sell its fast-growing payments business, PayPal.