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New John Lewis boss says department store needs reinventing (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:22:34 GMT)
In her first interview, the chain's new boss says it is in good shape - but it needs to change.

H&M to launch new 'more upmarket' fashion brand in London (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:45:31 GMT)
The Swedish retailer adds an eighth brand to its range, as competition squeezes its profits.

HSBC adds new transgender titles including M and Misc (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:28:12 GMT)
Instead of Mr, Mrs, Ms or Mx, customers can choose from nine titles including "M" and "Misc", the banking giant says.

Insurer Lloyd's of London confirms new Brussels subsidiary (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:27:57 GMT)
The 329-year-old insurance market is opening the subsidiary as a result of the Brexit vote.

Bank of England considers palm oil for the new £20 note (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:26:40 GMT)
Palm or coconut oil could be used instead of animal fat in the future production of £20 notes.

US fourth-quarter growth rate revised up (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:57:18 GMT)
Stronger consumer spending meant the US economy grew faster than initially thought at the end of 2016.

Toshiba shareholders angry as chip unit sale approved (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:41:02 GMT)
Shareholders criticise Toshiba's management but approve plans to sell its memory chip unit.

Oscars will still use accountant firm PwC despite envelopegate blunder (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:22 GMT)
The firm that handles balloting is being retained, but its staff will be banned from using mobiles.

FTSE 100 slides as sterling strengthens (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:43:38 GMT)
UK shares closed marginally lower while the pound gathered strength against the dollar and the euro.

Johnston Press announces £300m pre-tax loss (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:28:23 GMT)
The Edinburgh-based publisher's assets are now worth less than half of called-up share capital.

Vauxhall drops FA home nations football sponsorship deals (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:39:28 GMT)
The car maker wants to put money into marketing specific models.

Samsung Galaxy S8 hides home button and gains Bixby AI (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:00:35 GMT)
The latest flagship phones from Samsung feature bigger screens and a new kind of virtual assistant.

London Stock Exchange-Deutsche Boerse deal blocked by EU (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:41:31 GMT)
EU regulators block London Stock Exchange's £21bn merger with German stock exchange Deutsche Boerse.

Pensioners' life expectancy falls back (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:07:09 GMT)
People aged 65 now have a slightly shorter life expectancy than just three years ago, actuaries say.

Lloyd's of London to set up Brussels hub (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:31:29 GMT)
The chief executive of Lloyd's of London says 'tens of staff' will be shifted to Brussels.

How will the Port of Dover cope with Brexit? (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:29:21 GMT)
Tim Waggott, boss of Britain's busiest port warns that getting Brexit wrong could lead to queues of lorries at Dover "every day in perpetuity".

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+: First look (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:58:09 GMT)
Samsung's new phones feature a new virtual assistant, Bixby, and longer screens than past devices.

A brief history of decimal coins (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:20:49 GMT)
As the new £1 coin rolls out, BBC Rewind takes a look back at the history of decimal coins in the UK.

60 Seconds of Business Sense: How to buy a business (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:38:59 GMT)
Touker Suleyman, chairman of the fashion company Low Profile Holdings, gives advice on how to buy a business.

Ceramics boss: 'We are looking at the US' (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:24:25 GMT)
Paul Farmer, boss of Wade Ceramics, says he is increasingly looking to export to the US as a result of Brexit.

Royal Mint ready to launch new £1 coins (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:09:52 GMT)
The UK's new 12-sided £1 coins will be rolled out on Tuesday - but are we ready?

Survey reveals pothole problem (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 07:52:24 GMT)
A survey is warning that roads in in England and Wales need billions of pounds spending on them.

Pee Wee Pumps: High heels for babies spark outrage (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:25:02 GMT)
A US company that makes footwear for infants described as "diva defining" is labelled "disgusting".

Coffee cup fee could cut use by 300 million, study suggests (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:31:37 GMT)
Charges and other measures could drastically cut the 2.5bn disposable coffee cups used, study finds.

Wine detective (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:00:24 GMT)
A look at the continuing efforts to beat the fraudsters who target the global fine wine market.

Fawlty language (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:22:21 GMT)
Japan is struggling to make sure it has enough English speakers when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020.

Bye-bye bank charges? (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:28:16 GMT)
Smartphone banking is turning us into smart savers, research suggests, as consumers take control.

Brexit Britain (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:45:50 GMT)
With Article 50 now triggered, what are the options for the UK's negotiators when it comes to trade?

Rehab to riches (Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:06:33 GMT)
Khalil Rafati beat his heroin and crack cocaine addiction and went on to become a health food millionaire.

Just Google it (Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:09:18 GMT)
Is Google's position as the world's leading search engine now unassailable?

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Sue Perkins 'keeping Graham Norton's seat warm' at Baftas (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:49:47 GMT)
The ex-Bake Off co-host is taking over from Graham Norton, who will have been on Eurovision duties.

Cannes Film Festival poster sparks airbrushing row (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:36 GMT)
Press and public come out to denounce the "deplorable" thinning down of actress Claudia Cardinale.

David Tennant to sue over News of the World phone-hacking (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:43:59 GMT)
He is among nine alleged victims of News of the World phone hacking who are launching claims.

Jane Birkin ditches 'too heavy' namesake bag (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:33:33 GMT)
Hermes created the Birkin bag in her honour but you won't catch the singer and actress with one anytime soon.

Glastonbury reveals 88 more acts, including Katy Perry and Stormzy (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 06:59:53 GMT)
Ed Sheeran and Radiohead will be joined by Stormzy, Royal Blood and Katy Perry, amongst others.

Oscars bans mobile phones after Envelopegate (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:00:22 GMT)
The firm that handles balloting is being retained, but its staff will be banned from using mobiles.

French artist turns chicken for three-week egg hatching (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:09:19 GMT)
Abraham Poincheval is sitting on 10 chicken eggs that he hopes to hatch in a Paris museum.

UK premiere of Banksy film to be shown in Aberdeen (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:38:11 GMT)
The first showing of Saving Banksy is secured for the Belmont Filmhouse on 15 April.

George Michael: Private funeral for singer (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:50:29 GMT)
Family and friends attend a private ceremony for the singer, three months after his death.

David Tennant says Don Juan play will stay topical (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 12:49:14 GMT)
The Broadchurch star says his latest play is being constantly tweaked to feature topical jokes.

Doctor Who: Could Phoebe Waller-Bridge replace Peter Capaldi? (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:28:24 GMT)
The Fleabag star is the new favourite to take over from Peter Capaldi - who else could be his replacement?

Emma Thompson felt 'too fat' to live in LA (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:03:08 GMT)
The Oscar winner says she "couldn't live there" as she condemns the pressure on actresses to be thin.

John Legend plays surprise station gig at St Pancras in London (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:23:53 GMT)
Some lucky John Legend fans in London were treated to an impromptu piano rendition in St Pancras station this morning.

Big Bang Theory 'soft kitty' lawsuit dropped (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:14:48 GMT)
It was claimed lyrics to "soft kitty", a lullaby featured in the show, were used without permission.

Meet the artist who sketches refugees (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:31:50 GMT)
Gideon Summerfield builds relationships with refugees through his drawings.

Street art events promote Yemen peace (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:44:07 GMT)
Murad Subay from Yemen and British artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs held simultaneous street art events in Yemen and the UK.

Watch Clem Curtis on Top of the Pops (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:26:24 GMT)
The Foundations' lead singer, who has died aged 76, is remembered as a "pioneer of soul music" in Britain.

Clem Curtis tried to keep illness 'under wraps' (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:18:58 GMT)
Two days before this death, Clem Curtis said he enjoyed "every moment" of being with The Foundations.

Police 696 forms are 'targeting grime acts' (Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:06:17 GMT)
The government is to respond to fears a police risk assessment form has been used in a "racist" way to target grime artists, the BBC understands.

Canadian composer turns Pink Floyd's The Wall into an opera (Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:19:09 GMT)
The Opera de Montreal is taking the rock out of “rock opera” with its ambitious interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic double album, The Wall.

Harry Potter festival plans 'blown out the water' (Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:23:37 GMT)
The church minister who organised it says he was taken by "surprise" by the worldwide interest.

Japan turns to Basil Fawlty in race for Olympic English (Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:22:21 GMT)
Japan is struggling to make sure it has enough English speakers when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020.

Corrie's Ken and other classic TV whodunnits (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:44:18 GMT)
Some classic TV whodunnits from over the years on both sides of the Atlantic.

The man who breathed life into Broadway (Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:33:42 GMT)
Dancer Donna McKechnie recalls how choreographer and husband Michael Bennett created A Chorus Line.

Sienna Miller on why her new role is not 'just a wife' (Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:19:07 GMT)
The actress plays suffragette Nina, the wife of explorer Percy Fawcett, in The Lost City of Z.

Line of Duty: Get up to speed for series four (Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:40:12 GMT)
Not watched the hit police drama? No problem. Here's a summary of all the case files to date.

Sir Paul McCartney on Lennon, Kanye and his own musical legacy (Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:35:42 GMT)
Sir Paul McCartney talks collaborations, Chuck Berry, his new album and his own musical legacy.

The writing on the wall (Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:13:41 GMT)
Graffiti growth - from simple tags in the US 50 years ago - to vast colourful creations.

TV listings: The battle over your programme guide (Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:31:48 GMT)
Major broadcasters warn they must stay at the top of the TV listings as a new law is discussed.

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