The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Newly appointed Business Secretary Sajid Javid says there will be "significant changes" to strike laws under the new Conservative government.
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey delivers the country's budget, promising to help small businesses and ensure parents can join the workforce.
The creation of 500 permanent jobs at a new internet distribution centre in Dunstable is announced.
Greece was forced to tap into an emergency account to make a debt interest payment to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), it has emerged.
Taxpayer-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could face further fines in the US following a court ruling regarding the sale of mortgage bonds to investors.
Picasso's Women of Algiers becomes the most expensive painting to sell at auction, going for $160m (£102.6m) at Christie's in New York.
The government sells another tranche of shares in taxpayer-backed Lloyds Banking Group, reducing its stake in the bank to below 20%.