The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 10 hours 38 min ago
Robert Peston looks at Labour's "triple lock of responsibility", announced by Ed Miliband at Labour's manifesto launch on Monday, and asks whether the numbers add up.
Nina Ricci perfume and fashion heiress Arlette Ricci sentenced to one year in test case for HSBC tax fraud revelations.
PepsiCo will sponsor the National Basketball Association, ending a 28-year deal between its arch rival Coca-Cola and the NBA.
Labour's Ed Balls tells the BBC he could not guarantee that Scotland would be exempt from spending cuts if he became the next chancellor.
The FTSE 100 is dragged lower as mining shares fall following the release of weaker-than-expected trade figures from China.
What are Chinese consumers buying in Hong Kong?
A court in Hubei province says China's former energy chief Jiang Jiemin has gone on trial for bribery and abuse.
India's rate of inflation fell to a three-month low in March, figures show, helped by more stable food prices.
UK budget hotel chain Travelodge has reported a more than 60% surge in profits three years after its near-collapse.
China says Taiwan will not be a member of a new regional bank, but would be welcome in the future under a different name.
Axel Dumas, boss of luxury brand Hermes, gives the BBC's Sally Bundock a tour of his company's flagship London store.
Three Falkland oil exploration companies have scaled back their operations after a slump in the price of oil.
Rival airports Heathrow and Gatwick - both wanting a new runway - report record passenger numbers for March.
China's monthly trade data shows exports fell in March from a year ago by 14.6% in yuan terms compared to expectations for a rise of more than 8%.
Shares in Asia were mostly up on Monday following gains on Wall Street and a week of highs in Asia.
Australia says it expects the plunging price of iron ore - its biggest export - to slash revenue forecasts by A$25bn (£13bn; $19bn) over the next four years.
There are calls for the US and Canada to put a woman on a banknote - but is just one woman per country enough?
India is famous for its mangoes and coconuts, but as more people get a taste for imported kiwifruit, farmers are having a go at growing their own
Employers plan to keep hiring more staff, but concerns remain about the UK's failure to raise productivity, a new report warns.