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The man who built a chocolate empire

Sun, 2014-10-26 20:02
Hotel Chocolat co-founder Angus Thirlwell explains how he created a corporate mints provider which he transformed into a chocolate empire.

Vulnerable European banks identified

Sun, 2014-10-26 16:00
Twenty-four European banks fail "stress tests" of their finances, with 14 still needing to raise more capital, the European Banking Authority says.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

Sat, 2014-10-25 12:05
The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

Mass protest over Italy job reforms

Sat, 2014-10-25 10:04
A mass protest is held in the Italian capital, Rome, against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for labour market reform.

Vietnam tycoon arrested for 'fraud'

Sat, 2014-10-25 05:42
One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.

Elections highlight economic divisions in Brazil

Fri, 2014-10-24 17:25
Brazil's election highlights huge economic disparities

Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal

Fri, 2014-10-24 17:09
Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.

Ukraine-Russia 'consensus' over gas

Fri, 2014-10-24 14:29
Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.

Hailo says Uber blocked investors

Fri, 2014-10-24 13:41
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case

Fri, 2014-10-24 13:06
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'

Fri, 2014-10-24 10:15
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Ford profits fall on new truck costs

Fri, 2014-10-24 10:10
Ford reports a sharp fall in profits, largely due to the cost of developing its new F-150 pickup truck.

Can data predict the perfect entrepreneur?

Fri, 2014-10-24 07:37
Future entrepreneurs are being cherry-picked using data analysis by a venture capital business looking to get to start-ups earlier than its competitors.

VIDEO: Lesotho's trout farming fortune

Fri, 2014-10-24 07:29
Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

Fri, 2014-10-24 07:22
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Froth gone from UK recovery

Fri, 2014-10-24 06:49
The UK recovery has past its peak

UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand

Fri, 2014-10-24 06:06
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.

Rule of law v rule of Party

Fri, 2014-10-24 05:55
China wants to overhaul its massive legal system

Asian shares mixed on firm earnings

Fri, 2014-10-24 04:39
Asian shares were mixed on Friday after US markets closed higher on strong company results that boosted investor sentiment.

China's property prices decline

Fri, 2014-10-24 02:26
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.