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Rouble in free-fall despite rate rise

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 15:20
The rouble crashes to new record lows in Tuesday trading, hitting 79 roubles to the dollar, despite a dramatic rise in Russian interest rates.
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Ofcom names Sharon White as new boss

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 14:32
Ofcom, the UK's telecoms regulator, has named senior Treasury official Sharon White as its new chief executive.
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Co-op fails banking stress tests

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 14:23
The Co-operative Bank has failed a "stress test" carried out by the Bank of England to assess major UK lenders' ability to withstand another financial crisis.
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Cell therapy site to create 150 jobs

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 13:56
A new £55m cell therapy manufacturing centre in Stevenage is set to create up to 150 jobs, it is announced.
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Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 13:28
Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.
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VIDEO: Arterton and Blair back equal pay calls

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 12:29
There is a new wave of feminism says the actor Gemma Arterton backing an MP's call for equal pay for women.
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Cheaper fuel cuts UK inflation to 1%

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 12:16
Lower fuel prices have pushed the UK's rate of inflation down to a 12-year low, official statistics show.
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McDonald's rations chips in Japan

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 12:11
Fast food company McDonald's is rationing fries in Japan as it struggles to cope with a chip shortage.
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RBS shrinks Irish arm with loan sale

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 11:38
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell £4.8bn ($7.5bn) of problem Irish property loans to US private equity firm Cerberus.
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House prices outstrip inflation rate

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 11:08
The annual rise in UK house prices slowed in October, official figures show, but prices still went up much faster than the general cost of living.
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VIDEO: Portas call for high street help

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 09:11
Retail expert Mary Portas accuses the government of making "token gestures" to rejuvenate Britain's struggling high streets.
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Russia raises interest rate to 17%

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 04:35
The Russian central bank announces a huge rise in its key interest rate -from 10.5% to 17%- to try to stem the rouble's rapid fall in value.
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China's manufacturing in contraction

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 02:50
China's factory activity is in contraction at the year-end, based on a private survey, reinforcing calls for more stimulus.
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VIDEO: China 'over investment' hurt economy

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 02:47
A private survey shows that China's key manufacturing sector is suffering a slowdown.
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Asian markets caught in global rout

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 02:20
Asian markets extend losses as Wall Street and oil prices continue to slump on worries about the global economy.
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VIDEO: Rolls Royce in luxury 'capital'

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 01:45
Just over 4,000 Rolls Royce cars will be built this year, a record number and Asia is a major market.
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Unwrapping Africa's red tape

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 01:41
Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.
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Is China's economy really the largest in the world?

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 00:45
Has China really got the largest economy in the world?
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VIDEO: 'Biggest battery' could cut energy bills

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 00:14
Scientists have built the biggest battery in Europe, to see if it can store power locally, rather than rely on the national grid. It could cut consumer's energy bills.
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Trinidad's music pirates still at large

Tue, 16/12/2014 - 00:02
Trinidad's music pirates are still at large
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