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Centrica, the owner of Scottish and British Gas, reports a big fall in profits after being hit by the drop in oil prices and by warmer weather.
Shares in Centrica fall sharply after the energy firm reports a big fall in profits and slashes its dividend.
The first-ever minutes from the European Central Bank reveal its chief economist warned of the hazards of delaying the introduction of quantitative easing.
A new 10,000-capacity stadium for Castleford Tigers gets the go-ahead from Wakefield Council.
Sales at Asda fall in the 12 weeks to January as supermarket price wars hit the company's performance.
The Co-operative Group appoints former Asda boss Allan Leighton as its first independent non-executive chairman.
The number of new houses that were built in England last year rose significantly, government figures show.
Competition levels in investment and corporate banking services are to be investigated by the UK's financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority.
The rich people who say they are happy to pay the full 45%
Official statistics break down which parts of the UK produce the most labour per hour of work. London tops the list, Cornwall brings up the rear.
Inflation in France, the eurozone's second-biggest economy, turned negative in January, adding to worries over deflation in the eurozone.
Mortgage lending across the UK continued to fall in January, according to figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML).
The UK-based directors of the Chinese sportswear brand Naibu have lost all contact with the company's chairman and executive director
Air France-KLM says it plans to speed up cost cutting and reduce investment as it reports a drop in earnings following last year's pilots' strike.
Japanese stocks head for the highest closing value in 15 years after the Federal Reserve indicated interest rates will be kept on hold for longer.
Indebtedness is a major risk to the world economy, warns Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times
In Hong Kong and Singapore, markets have sprung up to mark the Lunar New Year. But stall-holders in both cities say takings have not been as high as hoped.
Virgin Australia saw its losses narrow to A$47.8m in the six months to December because of lower oil prices and a cost-cutting programme.
A children's charity is urging an independent all-party review of the UK's childcare system as costs continue to rise, with a 5% increase in a year.
Additional funding will give Athens more breathing space to agree extension of its EU loan agreement.