The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Aer Lingus reaffirms its support for a £1bn takeover offer from British Airways owner IAG, saying it believes the deal makes commercial sense.
Trinity Mirror - the owner and publisher of the Daily Mirror and the Sunday Mirror - apologises to "all its victims of phone hacking".
Ngozi Dozie, co-founder of Cafe Neo in Lagos, Nigeria, talks to the BBC about building up his coffee shop business.
Whistleblower Herve Falciani says he feels vindicated after his email to HMRC offering details of bank account holders in Switzerland is uncovered by Le Monde newspaper.
Many of India's three million sex workers want the trade to be legalised but opponents fear an increase in trafficking.
How much do women around the world pay to give birth?
A lack of childcare options for women in India has led some employers to step up and help out.
UK construction output fell by more than initially estimated in the final quarter of 2014 after new home building declined for the first time in nearly two years.
Virgin Media has announced it is to invest £3bn in improving its fibre optic broadband network, increasing the network's reach from 13 million to 17 million homes.
Rent-to-own retailer PerfectHome has been fined for making some customers hand over their keys before delivering purchases.
Asian markets were mostly higher on Friday as investors kept a close eye on developments in Europe and hopes for a deal with Greece, but Japan's market fell.
The BBC has seen correspondence sent to the British tax authorities back in 2008 which gave information on clients from one of the five biggest private banks in the world.
Bankers guilty of misconduct would have to pay back bonuses received up to 10 years ago, under banking reforms outlined by the Labour Party.
Companies in India are creating a new kind of customer relations by asking potential customers to call them and hang up.
Inequality in the United States has been noticeable since the 2008 recession, but the income gap has been growing for decades.
The law enforcers tackling online fraudsters
Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announces it will open an online US store but will not sell its phones, instead offering lesser known products such as headphones and a fitness tracker.
Shares in Farmville-maker Zynga plunge over 10% after the company reports widening losses as it struggles to continue to attract users to its games.