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RBS and NatWest to shed 158 branches and more than 400 jobs (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:03:12 GMT)
Rising popularity of online banking prompts the decision to ditch 17% of RBS and 13% of NatWest branches.

State pension age could be raised to 70, says report (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:05:44 GMT)
Twenty year-olds may have to work till the age of 70, with millions more having to work till 68

Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:36:07 GMT)
The retailer warns of "another tough year ahead" as shoppers shift spending away from clothing.

Eddie Stobart: Lorry firm targets £550m stock market listing (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:41:24 GMT)
The haulage firm, known for its green and red lorries, plans to list its shares in London next month.

Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:32 GMT)
Sales rose more than expected last month, but the underlying trend suggests fuel costs are starting to bite.

Next shares leads FTSE 100 higher (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:45:32 GMT)
Shares in Next climb by 8% despite the company reporting its first fall in profits for eight years.

Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:49:47 GMT)
The warning from former regulators comes amid speculation ministers may cap prices on standard tariffs.

Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:53:48 GMT)
Kenya is the first country to sell government bonds exclusively to citizens via their phones.

Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:09:46 GMT)
Apple is under scrutiny following reports it has paid no tax in New Zealand since 2007.

Brexit: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary' (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:29:47 GMT)
Author of a report argues that no trade deal is better than a bad deal with the EU.

Libor expert witness texted for help (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:37:35 GMT)
A prosecution witness called by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) admits texting friends for help explaining trader terminology.

Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket? (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:25:24 GMT)
The average price of an item at Nifties in Dover is 60p.

'I am very confident we can find a good trade deal' (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:34:34 GMT)
Cecile Reinaud runs Seraphine, a London-based maternity wear company. She is on an export drive and is hopeful about the post-Brexit trade deals to be struck.

Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy' (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:02:50 GMT)
Handbag designer Claudia Fürst is moving her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound.

Texas cattle rancher fears for future (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:55:40 GMT)
Rancher Coleman Locke is concerned farmers like him could lose out if the US renegotiates Nafta.

No major currency problem for Scotland, says Mervyn King (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:16:47 GMT)
"Scotland certainly could be an independent country", says former governor of the Bank of England.

Google boss says sorry for extremist content (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:50:02 GMT)
Google's European boss apologises for brands appearing next to extremist content that they didn't feel comfortable with.

Business jargon in job adverts putting off young people (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:58:30 GMT)
Business jargon is putting off young applicants- Radio 4's PM tries to decipher some of it.

Meet Mumbai's Flipper and his six penguin friends (Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:14:58 GMT)
Seven Humboldt penguins have gone on display at Mumbai's main zoo but the move has been controversial.

Bank cheques to be cleared within a day (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:53 GMT)
From October 2017, cheques will start to clear much faster than the current six days' waiting time.

Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m' (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:39:49 GMT)
A social media firm was among two companies targeted in an email phishing scam, officials say.

What Next for shops? (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:21:33 GMT)
Next - like its rivals - is battling many problems - unlike them it has spelt them out in full.

‘Vegetable ivory’ (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:22:41 GMT)
A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

Urban spies (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:29:02 GMT)
How much data do you give away during your average day in the city?

How many countries? (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:18 GMT)
We track a single item of clothing to see just where it goes before it ends up in the shop.

Bear trap (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:37 GMT)
Everyone has to tackle their fears. Adventurer Bear Grylls explains how he tackles his own self-doubt.

Trouble on the ranch (Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:01:57 GMT)
America's rural heavily supported Donald Trump in the election, but now some are starting to worry his trade plans could hurt their business.

Advertising control (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:07:48 GMT)
The technology behemoth Google may be in the spotlight with concerns over adverts ending up on extremist websites, but the wider UK advertising industry itself is facing numerous other challenges.

Fake data threat (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:11:20 GMT)
Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents.

Reality Check (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:18:54 GMT)
CPIH is about to become the headline measure of inflation, but it's not a proper national statistic.

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