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Royal Mail sale '£180m underpriced'

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 05:29
The government made £180m less from the sale of Royal Mail than it could have, and the process of privatising state assets should be reformed, says new report.
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Avon fined $135m for China bribes

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 03:39
Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.
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Fed decision lifts Asia stocks

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 03:03
Asia stocks are rising after the Federal Reserve pledges to be 'patient' on raising interest rates from record lows.
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Sony cancels The Interview release

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 02:37
Sony cancels the release of The Interview, a film about a fictional plot to kill North Korea's leader, after major cinemas decide not to screen it.
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UK using less energy, report finds

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:38
People in the UK are using less energy, even though the economy is growing, new figures confirm.
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North Sea firms facing 'crisis'

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:38
The director of Premier Oil says no new North Sea projects are profitable with oil below $60 a barrel and the industry is "close to collapse".
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The people working on Christmas Day

Thu, 18/12/2014 - 00:33
Those who plan to spend the day working rather than celebrating
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US stocks surge on Fed statement

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 23:52
The US Federal Reserve leaves interest rates on hold and says it "can be patient" over any decision to raise them, sending stocks higher.
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VIDEO: Russians splash out to beat rouble fall

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 22:28
As the Russian rouble falls in value - and prices for imported goods looks set to rise - Russians have been flocking to the stores, to spend their cash on durable goods.
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New York bans fracking due to risk

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 22:06
Fracking, the controversial method of oil and gas development, will be banned in New York state after a report concludes the process poses "significant public health risks".
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Cuba's economy set to get a boost

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 21:58
Five economic upsides to the US-Cuba deal
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Government to sell more Lloyds shares

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 19:08
More shares in Lloyds Banking Group are to be sold by the government, in a move which could raise up to £3bn.
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German road toll plan gets go-ahead

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 18:29
The German government approves plans for a controversial road toll, including charging foreigners for using the Autobahn.
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FTSE closes higher on Russian action

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 17:47
London's benchmark index closed marginally higher on Wednesday, after the Russian central bank pledged to provide additional capital to the country's banks, if necessary.
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Dixons Carphone sees strong trading

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 17:02
Newly merged Dixons Carphone says it saw a "barnstorming performance" in the UK and Ireland, but "tougher" conditions in its smaller European business.
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Russia plans new action over rouble

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 16:32
Russia says it is planning new measures to stabilise the rouble after its slump against the dollar.
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Osborne sets 18 March Budget date

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 16:15
Chancellor George Osborne is to deliver his last Budget of the Parliament on 18 March 2015, weeks before the election.
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'Tax shock' from Christmas party

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 16:10
Employers could scupper the season of goodwill by leaving their staff exposed to a tax charge after their Christmas party, accountants warn.
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Oil price forces new Nigeria budget

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 16:06
The prolonged slump in the price of oil forces oil-export dependent Nigeria to revise its budget plans, prompting its currency to fall to a record low.
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UK sees pick-up in wage growth

Wed, 17/12/2014 - 13:59
Wage growth picked up in the three months to October and outstripped the rise in the cost of living, while unemployment fell again, official figures show.
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