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Brazil economy slows before World Cup

Fri, 2014-05-30 13:21
Brazil's economy grew 0.2% in the first quarter of 2014, official statistics show, ahead of the football World Cup and presidential elections in October.

BNP hit on reports of big settlement

Fri, 2014-05-30 13:08
Shares in French banking giant BNP Paribas fall 6% after reports said the bank may have to pay $10bn to settle an investigation into sanctions violations.

Ukraine pays Russia part of gas debt

Fri, 2014-05-30 12:57
Ukraine has paid part of its gas debt to Russia after talks between the two countries and the European Union, says the EU's Energy Commissioner.

Siemens revamp to affect 11,600 jobs

Fri, 2014-05-30 11:24
German industrial giant Siemens plans a major reorganisation of its business, affecting 11,600 workers.

India's economic growth disappoints

Fri, 2014-05-30 10:17
India's economy grew at a slower-than-forecast annual pace of 4.6% between January and March, due largely to a slowdown in the manufacturing sector.

'Conflict' deadline looms for firms

Fri, 2014-05-30 08:54
Manufacturers of products that use "conflict minerals" must submit a plan to deal with the problem by Monday, and many are expected to miss the deadline.

Superheroes and the billion dollar global box office

Fri, 2014-05-30 08:00
Saving the world again and again

Google offers 'right to forget' form

Fri, 2014-05-30 07:36
Google launches a service to allow Europeans to ask for personal data to be removed from search results, after a European court ruling.

Microsoft ex-CEO 'wins Clippers bid'

Fri, 2014-05-30 06:11
Microsoft's former CEO Steve Ballmer reaches a potential record deal to buy the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2bn (£1.2bn).

Businesses hail brighter UK economy

Fri, 2014-05-30 03:12
The UK economy is in good health according to studies from two major business lobby groups, the CBI and the British Chambers of Commerce.

US economy is contracting but stocks hit record

Fri, 2014-05-30 02:13
The US economy is contracting but the stock markets continue to rise.

India's Reliance eyes media firm

Fri, 2014-05-30 00:05
Reliance Industries, one the biggest corporate houses in India, says it will acquire a majority stake in a major media firm Network18.

Japan inflation rate at 23-year high

Thu, 2014-05-29 20:44
Consumer prices in Japan rise at their fastest pace in 23 years in April, surging 3.2% from a year earlier, as the sales tax rise comes into effect.

Drought hits Brazil's coffee industry

Thu, 2014-05-29 19:08
Drought hits Brazil's coffee farmers - and pushes prices up

Tech promises sustainable healthcare

Thu, 2014-05-29 19:04
As the costs of treating ageing populations spiral out of control, can technology help deliver more sustainable healthcare systems?

Ford recalls 1.4m cars due to fault

Thu, 2014-05-29 16:15
US car giant Ford recalls a total of 1.4 million cars, the majority of which are sport utility vehicles sold in North America, due to a possible loss of power steering.

Southwest fined for deceptive ads

Thu, 2014-05-29 14:55
Budget airline Southwest is fined $200,000 by US regulators for TV adverts that promised non-existent low fares.

Is the IPL losing its appeal?

Thu, 2014-05-29 14:55
Is cricket's IPL losing its brand appeal?

Virgin signs US spaceflight deal

Thu, 2014-05-29 14:16
Virgin Galactic signs a deal with the US Federal Aviation Authority, which will allow it to charter space flights from a base in New Mexico.

VIDEO: France's Citroen gets a British boss

Thu, 2014-05-29 13:07
Britain's Linda Jackson talks about her new role as chief executive of France's iconic car company, Citroen.