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Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) says "strong" store and online expansion led to improved sales and profits in the first quarter.
BBC's Newsbeat meets two first-time buyers who have teamed up in a bid to beat the housing crisis.
Former senior tax official Dave Hartnett expresses "surprise" that just one person was prosecuted in the UK over alleged tax evasion by clients of HSBC's Swiss arm.
Ministers name 48 firms they say have repeatedly failed to pay their workers the national minimum wage.
The tech firms offering cheaper cross-border money transfers
Japan's economic slowdown is making its latest generation of pessimistic jobseekers even more cautious about working abroad, reports Mariko Oi.
Can education reform lift the country's depressed economy?
Greek and German leaders strike conciliatory tones, but remain vague on how to prevent Athens from running out of money.
The FTSE 100 has set an all-time high for the second consecutive trading day in a row, boosted by a strong rise in mining shares.
Leaving the EU could cost the UK economy 2.2% of total output (GDP) by 2030, a study by the think-tank Open Europe says.
A judge has ruled that a woman may seek punitive damages from a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley on the grounds of sexual discrimination.
Scottish Power announces plans to close its huge coal-fired power station at Longannet in Fife early next year.
The Royal Bank of Scotland is selling more of its stake in the US bank Citizens as it continues to focus on the UK market.
Oil producer Afren has notified the Serious Fraud Office after a review of its compliance procedures found concerns over expenses payments.
The chairman of Morrisons says the major supermarkets have lost their way on pricing - and that customers have voted with their feet.
The sport of hockey is on the decline in India, but can anything be done to reverse this trend?
Some government departments are spending thousands of pounds on calling Directory Enquiries, despite the service being free online.
Chinese state-owned China National Chemical (ChemChina) is to buy Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli in deal that values the firm at €7.1bn (£5.1bn).
The average UK household will have unsecured debts of £10,000 by the end of next year, according to accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
The collapse of delivery firm City Link exposes the insolvency system as being too heavily skewed towards investors, two groups of MPs have said.