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AstraZeneca hit by patent expiries

Thu, 2014-04-24 04:25
AstraZeneca posts a drop in first quarter profits but does not comment on reports that it received a takeover approach from US firm Pfizer.

South Korea growth beats forecasts

Thu, 2014-04-24 02:33
South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.

Europe braces for first vote since crash

Thu, 2014-04-24 01:35
The real surprise of the European elections

China releases Japanese cargo ship

Thu, 2014-04-24 01:33
China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.

VIDEO: Obama's trade deal faces jobs question

Wed, 2014-04-23 22:39
A potential free trade deal called the Trans Pacific Partnership is being seen as key to boosting growth in the Asia-Pacific region. But it has raised some questions about the impact on US jobs.

Qualcomm shares dip on weak outlook

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:35
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.

Obama, Abe and a high-stakes trade deal

Wed, 2014-04-23 20:51
Obama, Abe and a high-stakes trade deal

Energy storage: The key to a smarter grid

Wed, 2014-04-23 19:16
Can energy grids cope with higher demand and volatile supply

Apple profits beat expectations

Wed, 2014-04-23 18:23
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.

Game-maker Zynga in widening loss

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:29
Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.

'I survived the Bangladesh factory collapse'

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:57
Survivors recall Rana Plaza disaster one year on

Liverpool reveal Anfield expansion plan

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:01
Liverpool plan to redevelop parts of Anfield to increase the ground's capacity to around 59,000.

Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:00
A growing number of entrepreneurs say that as technology improves, they can do the once-unthinkable - start and run a business from anywhere in the world.

Portugal's return to bond market fuels recovery hopes

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:04
But success in the markets won't placate protesters

Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:56
US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.

Boeing raises 2014 profit forecast

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:51
US aerospace giant Boeing raises its profit forecast for 2014 as it announces a "strong" first quarter.

Bank raises UK growth forecast

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:46
The Bank of England raises its estimate of economic growth in the first quarter of the year and a CBI survey indicates robust growth in the manufacturing sector.

FA hit by drop in broadcast money

Wed, 2014-04-23 09:28
The Football Association was hit by a £34m drop in broadcasting rights income last season compared with 2011-12.

UK government hits borrowing target

Wed, 2014-04-23 08:11
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

EU in slow progress on deficit cuts

Wed, 2014-04-23 08:03
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.