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The Irish government is examining a €1.36bn offer for airline Aer Lingus from British Airways owner IAG.
A survey of 27,000 rail passengers found 81% were satisfied with the service last year, compared with 83% in 2013.
Global international tourist numbers exceeded 1.1 billion in 2014, an increase of 4.7% on the previous year, according to the UN.
Phil Atherton, sales and marketing director of the Portmeirion Group in Stoke, tells the BBC he thinks the GDP figures released on Tuesday morning "are very positive".
The upmarket supermarket chain, Waitrose, expects to create 2,000 jobs in new shops and by expanding existing sites.
Dubai International has taken over from Heathrow as the world's busiest international airport in terms of yearly passenger numbers.
The UK's economy grew by 2.6% last year, the fastest pace since 2007, but there was a slowdown in the last three months, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
Easyjet expects first half losses to shrink, helped by growing capacity and a record number of business passengers.
Both borrowing and saving by customers of the UK's main banks picked up during 2014, according to figures from the British Bankers' Association (BBA).
Foxtons, the high profile London estate agency, says its income from home sales fell sharply at the end of last year.
Facebook says it was responsible for a fault that caused its social network, Instagram photo service and other apps to become unavailable for about 40 minutes.
Rangers agree a £10m loan from Mike Ashley's Sports Direct to relieve the club's "perilous" financial state.
Australia's national carrier Qantas will axe fuel surcharges on international ticket prices, but will raise base air fares to compensate for the cut.
It is unrealistic to expect Greece to repay its huge debt in full, a spokesman for Syriza - which won Sunday's election - tells the BBC.
Japanese shares led Asian markets into positive territory on Tuesday, taking the cue from Wall Street where US shares made gains.
Some Australian firms have embraced new businesses, but just how far should they diversify? BBC's Phil Mercer finds out.
Africa's "solar-preneurs" bring light to the unconnected
Finding a new job after hanging up the tennis racquet
Retirement can be uncertain for former professional tennis players - but some are finding new ways to employ their skills.
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