The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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The European Central Bank says it will no longer produce the €500 note because of concerns that it could help facilitate illegal activities.
London's top share index closes down 1.2% with mining and supermarket shares among the biggest fallers.
Sainsbury's reports a fall in annual underlying profits as the supermarket price war continues to hurt the retailer.
Royal Dutch Shell says it will cut its spending by another 10% this year after warning lower oil prices will continue to affect its business.
A Chinese company is free to use the name "IPHONE" on its handbags and leather goods after Apple loses a trademark court ruling in China.
The owner of the New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), says it will not make a takeover offer for the London Stock Exchange (LSE).
Sportswear giant Adidas says it plans to sell most of its loss-making golf business in order to concentrate on shoes and clothing.
A Bitcoin expert expresses regret about the way he blogged support for an Australian's claim to have invented the crypto-currency.
The Advertising Standards Authority rules that broadband ads need to be clearer, following evidence the public do not understand current ones.
Rules that will drastically alter cigarette packaging are set to be adopted, after big tobacco firms failed to block new European Union laws.
The UK's biggest payday lender - Wonga - saw its losses double last year as tougher regulation in the industry continued to bite.
'Every bookmaker is crying out in pain'
Retailer Next warns that its sales and profits could be lower than previously forecast as it remains worried about a slowdown in consumer spending.
Fashion in the age of technology is being celebrated at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute exhibition.
Australian markets trade lower on Wednesday following an overnight slump in oil prices.
Prosecutors in Brazil file a $43.5bn (£30bn) civil lawsuit against iron miner Samarco, and its owners BHP Billiton and Vale.
Money being spent on next week's general election in the Philippines is so huge it is likely to provide an economic boost.
Vulnerable residents with council tax debts should be given breathing space to repay arrears rather than face the threat of bailiffs, two charities say.
Businesses should take more responsibility to ensure their customers do not become victims of scams, according to a consumer group.
The air quality in Mexico City dropped to its worst level in 14 years this March. The BBC looks at some of the solutions for dealing with air pollution.