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Women must push harder for pay rises, says a Lib Dem minister as she unveils proposals to close the gender pay gap.
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Islamic banking is growing quickly, and firms are developing products that comply with Islamic law, to access a burgeoning market.
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Apple is criticised by the European Commission for not offering any "concrete and immediate" plans to stop users being misled by "free" apps.
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US drug firm AbbVie has clinched a deal to buy the UK pharmaceutical company Shire for £32bn, after Shire reversed its opposition to the takeover earlier this week.
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Microsoft's ambitious TV division is to close, a month after debuting its first show.
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The £1.4bn contract to run the Crossrail franchise through London from 2018 has been awarded to Hong Kong-based MTR Corporation, Transport for London (TfL) has announced
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Most Asian shares fell on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 298 people crashed in eastern Ukraine on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
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The Co-op confirms it will sell its pharmacies for £620m to Bestway Group.
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Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has recommended a full competition inquiry into banks.
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The Conservatives outline plans to tighten strike ballot laws if they win the general election, requiring a minimum 50% turnout for action to be legal.
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Many retailers who offer to install child car seats free of charge are guilty of "serious failings", according to a Which? investigation
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Africa's tourism is booming thanks to effective use of technology
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How to ask for $250m
17 Jul 2014 2:51:14
The dos and don'ts of pitching for business investment
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Markets watchdog the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to recommend a full competition inquiry into banks, the BBC learns.
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Internet giant Google reports a 22% jump in revenue and profits of $3.4bn during the second quarter, helped by strong advertising sales.
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Wall Street Market Report
17 Jul 2014 0:56:08
US shares dip sharply on fears of increased tension between Russia and the West after a Malaysia Airlines plane crashes in Ukraine.
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Airlines have been told to divert flights away from eastern Ukraine following the crash of a Malaysian airliner, amid allegations it was shot down.
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Ministers are to examine fresh claims about allegations of mis-selling from Scottish Power's chain of stores up to 15 years ago.
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Labour will soon unveil a promise to change the law to allow for the part re-nationalisation of the rail network, the BBC has learned.
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US banking giant Morgan Stanley sees its quarterly net income doubled, helped by its investment banking and money-management arms.
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Airbnb's new logo has been criticised and mocked by social media users, although others have praised the rebrand.
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Microsoft will cut up to 18,000 jobs marking the deepest cuts in the technology firm's 39-year history.
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Almost £20m raised by fining the banking industry will partly fund specialist accommodation for military veterans, the prime minister says.
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An example of a letter sent out to Lloyds customers by a law firm - but actually from Lloyds Bank itself - has been published by MPs
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The multi-billion dollar sale of Australian department store David Jones to South Africa's Woolworths Holdings is approved by a court in Sydney
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