The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Japan's government says Bitcoin is not a currency but that some transactions using the virtual unit should be taxed.
Network Rail offers a "full and unreserved apology" to families bereaved by level crossing accidents, as MPs criticise its handling of deaths in the past.
Claims by Newsweek to have found the man who invented the Bitcoin virtual cash system have drawn criticism and scepticism.
Why fear of recession might be driving Putin's policies
A plane is forced to turn back shortly after taking off at Heathrow Airport after an "engine surge" in the air.
A Briton at the wheels at BMW
US supermarket firm Safeway agrees to be bought by an investment group led by Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of Albertsons and other supermarket chains.
How data defenders are using analytics to fight hackers
The S&P 500 hits a new record high at close on Thursday, the second such development in three days.
South Africa's power emergency ends on Thursday night, says state power company Eskom, after a day of rolling blackouts.
The US Department of Justice launches an antitrust probe of Comcast's proposed $45bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
American stationer Staples says it will close 225 stores in the US and Canada as sales in the fourth quarter fell 10.6%
The government is to terminate the contract of one of the companies providing their flagship welfare-to-work scheme because of poor performance.
The European Central Bank keeps its benchmark interest rate at the historic low of 0.25% and raises its growth forecast for the eurozone.
Crowdfunding start-up entrepreneurs are angered by new regulations that they say will take the crowd out of crowdfunding.
A financial trader walks from Rome to Paris in a quest for "divine justice".
Championship side QPR announce a loss of over £65m in their accounts to May 2013 and an overall debt of £177.1m
The Bank of England keeps the benchmark UK interest rate at 0.5%, five years after it first cut the rate to its current record low.
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Ofgem is to investigate the response of SSE and UK Power Networks to the storms that left thousands of homes without power last Christmas.