The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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What's lurking inside the Bank of England's vaults?
Why Germany is not as efficient as you might think
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.
In the latest edition of our Cool Jobs series, Sharanjit Leyl speaks to celebrity party organiser, Olga Iserlis.
Brazilian energy firm Petrobras faces growing controversy
US road safety authorities have fined GM for failing to respond to requests for information about faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths.
The irresistible urge for online students to meet-up
One of the world's biggest producers of aluminium, Alcoa reports a first quarter loss due to falling prices.
Livingston want to become the latest Scottish football club to move towards being fully owned by their community.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the UK economy will grow by 2.9% in 2014, while global growth will be 3.6%.