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UK interest rates have been kept on hold at 0.5% again by the Bank of England, with most analysts not expecting rates to rise until next year.
Marks & Spencer reveals sales of its clothing range have risen but sales across its wider general merchandise division have fallen for the 11th quarter in a row.
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The sale of long term debt by the Greek government for the first time in five years was eight times over subscribed, the government has said.
China boosts market ties with Hong Kong with new measures allowing cross-border stock investment between Hong Kong and Shanghai.
China's exports and imports fell sharply in March, figures show, adding to recent signs of weakness in the world's second-largest economy.
Bank of America agrees to pay $783m in fines and refunds to settle accusations it misled customers about its credit card services.
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US Senate Republicans block a Democratic bill aimed at closing the gap between what men and women are paid, dismissing it as an election year ploy.
After decades of decline, Taiwan's bamboo industry is now recovering as the plant is being used to make a wider range of goods, says the BBC's Cindy Sui.
UN experts say they underestimated the gains carmakers have made in fuel efficiency, but a huge expected increase in global traffic may outweigh this.
Greece says it will return to long-term debt markets with a five-year bond issue, as thousands take part in a 24-hour strike over austerity measures.
Several technology companies are advising the public that they should change all their passwords after the discovery of a major security flaw.
The European Commission proposes new rules to boost shareholder power and control executive pay, in the latest Brussels move over remuneration.
The UK's goods trade deficit with the rest of the world narrowed in February by more than expected, helped by a fall in imports, official data shows.
An independent Scotland could expect to lose subsidies to green energy investment from the rest of the UK, the UK government warns.
Australia's high-end retailer David Jones recommends that shareholders accept a $2bn takeover offer from South Africa's Woolworths.
Japanese carmaker Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles globally due to five separate issues, including problems with steering columns.
Japan's Olympus faces lawsuits from six banks seeking compensation over false financial statements issued by the firm from 2000 to 2011.