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Japanese economy contracts sharply

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 01:34
The Japanese economy contracts by 6.8% from the previous year after a recently introduced sales tax held back consumer spending.
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VIDEO: Tencent profits set to soar higher

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 01:22
Why Asia's technology giant Tencent is delighting investors with a striking increase in first half profits.
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Alibaba sells off loan business

Wed, 13/08/2014 - 01:18
China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba sells off its loan business ahead of a forthcoming share sale.
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A love of rugs that led to the stars

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 23:07
Christopher Sharp explains how his rug collecting hobby led to a multi-million pound business with a star-studded client list.
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Vine's six-second superstars cash in

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 23:05
Vine clip creators cash in on their fame
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Sony reveals PlayStation TV launch

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 20:09
Sony will launch its PlayStation TV in the US, UK, and Europe in the autumn in a bid to take on other streaming television consoles like AppleTV and Roku.
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Car hire prices 'unfairly vary'

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 17:27
Drivers are being charged different prices online for the same car rental based on where they live in Europe, the European Commission says.
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Autonomy exec fights back in HP row

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 15:36
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been accused in a court filing of "mismanagement" in its 2011 takeover of UK software firm Autonomy.
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Tobacco giant ready to sue UK

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 15:09
Tobacco giant Phillip Morris says it is prepared to sue the UK government should it implement a law mandating plain packaging for cigarettes.
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New Look boosted by kimono sales

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 11:18
High street fashion chain New Look has seen its first half profit boosted by the popularity of Japanese-style kimono tops.
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US and Asia lift Prudential profits

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 10:48
Insurer Prudential has seen profits rise in the past six months after a strong performance in the US and Asia.
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Managers 'guilty of leftover leave'

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 09:24
Two out of five managers did not use all their holiday entitlement last year, a survey suggests, prompting a warning to businesses.
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VIDEO: UK pork farmers hit by sanctions

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 08:52
UK pork farmers will face pressure to lower prices because of Russia's ban on food imports from a number of Western countries, say experts
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Just Eat sees profits almost treble

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 08:25
Online takeaway service Just Eat has seen first half profits almost treble after it expanded the number of restaurants it has tie-ups with.
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Troubled Serco makes loss of £7.3m

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 08:16
Outsourcing firm Serco has made a loss after "poor trading" in the first half of the year, hit by restructuring costs and loss-making contracts.
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VIDEO: The smart drones of the future

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 08:11
How drones are being developed for a wide range of future uses.
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Ladbrokes first half profits plunge

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 07:41
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has reported a sharp fall in profit despite saying it had had a "good World Cup".
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Australian banks face class action

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 06:11
Australian legal firm Maurice Blackburn files class actions against five banks over late credit card fees worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Change law to save pubs, Camra urges

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 23:54
New laws must be introduced to make it harder for pubs in England and Wales to be demolished or converted into shops, pub campaigners say.
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Quantum computers to crack the world

Mon, 11/08/2014 - 23:35
Could superfast computers take us back to a digital dark age?
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