The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Cinemas should offer a greater range of ticket prices, according to one of the leading figures in the UK film industry.
A Seattle-based private equity firm that invests in the marijuana industry has struck a deal with the estate of Bob Marley to launch a global cannabis brand.
London's FTSE 100 index falls as shares in Royal Mail dive and mining firms come under pressure on worries over iron ore prices.
Faults with Microsoft's cloud computing platform Azure knock many third-party sites offline and restrict access to its own apps.
Big retailers such as John Lewis and Sainsbury's have spent millions on their festive TV adverts
Shares in Areva have plunged after the French nuclear firm suspended its financial targets for 2015 and 2016.
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Persistently low inflation prompted the majority of members on the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee to keep interest rates on hold at its latest meeting.
Energy companies and EU officials have gathered to discuss energy security, thousands miles away from Europe, at an oil and gas conference in Turkmenistan.
ANZ, one of Australia's biggest banks, has suspended seven traders as part of an inquiry into potential interest-rate rigging.
The family of the late Jamaican reggae artist Bob Marley launch what they describe as the world's first global cannabis brand.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell wins a long-running court battle against Indian authorities over a tax dispute involving billions of dollars.
US company Netflix announces plans to extend its TV and movie streaming service to Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.
It was a mixed start for Asian shares following news of a snap election in Japan and the delay of a proposed sales tax increase.
The BBC's Jennifer Pak speaks to one Malaysian family about why it is so hard to save.
The US Senate narrowly fails to pass a bill approving the controversial Canada-to-US Keystone XL oil pipeline.
US safety authorities demand that a recall of Takata airbags which can explode with dangerous force be expanded to the whole country.
A couple are "fined" £100 for writing a bad review of a Blackpool hotel on Trip Advisor.
The government is defeated in a Commons vote on the control that parent companies can exercise over pubs.
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi is fined $315m for watering down a report about its transactions with sanctioned countries.