The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Japan's shares head higher after data showed the country's trade account fell into a deficit in April, but it beat expectations.
Is infidelity a billion-dollar business?
The boss of InterContinental Hotel Group, Richard Solomons, talks about the company's 'made-for-China' hotels.
The impact of economic crises on everyday lives
BBC News visited some tea stalls around Mumbai and asked ordinary Indians to rate Narendra Modi's first year in office.
The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder examines the economic record of the last year in India.
What makes Indian farmers kill themselves?
Business Secretary Sajid Javid says he hopes to save firms more than £10bn by cutting red tape - but rejects a fresh move to make it easier to sack employees.
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says if Greece left the euro, it would spell the end of Europe's common currency.
Greece will not be able to make a debt repayment to the IMF due in early June as it does not have the money, the interior minister says.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid says he will not be going back to the Beecroft proposals for no fault dismissals but hopes to cut over £10bn more red tape costs.
Government ministers will face a further five years of frozen pay, Prime Minister David Cameron says.
The apprenticeship system in Britain is "failing" and needs reform to address youth unemployment, a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association says.
A Chinese scheme to build a railway across South America, crossing the Amazon rain forest, moves a step closer as Peru agrees to study the plan.
A train company apologises after passengers were told a track delay was because someone "couldn't be bothered to live any more".
The Bank of England confirms it is researching the financial risks of the UK leaving the EU after it "inadvertently" sent details of the project to the Guardian newspaper.
Whose face should grace the new note?
Where is the solar 'capital' of the UK?
The chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, says she expects the central bank to begin raising interest rates "at some point this year".
Vodafone was the star performer on the FTSE 100 in Friday trading, adding 4.64%, as the benchmark index made modest gains.