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ScottishPower and SSE announce plans which could see 2,500 new jobs created and lower prices for customers.
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Glasgow-based whisky and rum distiller Edrington is reporting that its turnover and profits rose during the past financial year.
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Steinway Musical Instruments, maker of famous pianos, agrees to be bought for $438m by private equity firm Kohlberg & Co.
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The union that represents postal workers rejects a proposed 8.6% pay increase from Royal Mail, amid privatisation plans.
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US manufacturing recovered in June from an unexpected dip the previous month, an industry survey indicates.
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Payday loan companies could face tougher restrictions on where, and how, they are allowed to advertise.
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The French president warns that there can be no negotiations over a major US-EU trade deal unless Washington gives guarantees on spying.
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Big banks colluded to stop financial exchanges competing in a profitable derivatives market, an investigation by EU authorities claims.
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A Scottish firm's remote control helicopters are being used to inspect North Sea oil rigs and wind farms.
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A large part of the UK's remaining coal mining industry is expected to be taken over by the state-established Pension Protection Fund, the BBC understands.
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Mark Carney has started work in his new role as governor of the Bank of England.
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An independent report has cleared online dating firm Cupid of creating false profiles in order to boost business, the company says.
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The National Audit Office criticises the BBC for paying out £25m in severance payments to senior BBC managers.
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UK manufacturing saw its strongest growth in two years in June, according to a survey, boosting hopes of a strengthening economic recovery.
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More mortgages are being approved than at any time in the past three and a half years, according to latest figures from the Bank of England.
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Spain's manufacturing activity records its strongest reading for over two years in June, meanwhile eurozone unemployment remains at a record high.
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Mark Carney has officially become head of the UK's central bank, replacing Sir Mervyn King as governor of the Bank of England.
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Tanzania is one of the ten fastest growing economies in the world and the US is competing with several countries vying for business there.
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The cost of using a mobile phone in another European Union country has been reduced.
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Britain is seeing about 70 sophisticated cyber espionage operations a month against government or industry networks, British intelligence tells BBC.
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Supporters and opponents debate the government's plans for a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners.
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Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union after a decade of negotiations, with thousands joining celebrations across the country.
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Nokia agrees to buy Siemens' 50% stake in their joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), for 1.7bn euros ($2.2bn; £1.5bn).
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The consequences of the housing benefit cut introduced in April are worse than feared, according to the National Housing Federation.
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Britain is seeing about 70 sophisticated cyber espionage operations a month against government or industry networks, British intelligence tells BBC.
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