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Tata pension changes 'unique' to firm (Thu, 26 May 2016 13:34:40 GMT)
Proposals to change Tata's pension scheme would be specific to the company and would not be applied more broadly, Business Secretary Sajid Javid says.

MPs snub Sports Direct chopper offer (Thu, 26 May 2016 18:50:07 GMT)
MPs have rejected an offer from the boss of Sports Direct to visit the firm's headquarters by helicopter.

Oil hits $50 for first time this year (Thu, 26 May 2016 10:52:56 GMT)
Oil continues its recovery, with prices rising above $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 as a result of supply disruptions and increased global demand.

Plan to cap pension exit charges at 1% (Thu, 26 May 2016 09:31:10 GMT)
Savers withdrawing money from their pension pots could face a maximum exit charge of 1%, under plans released by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

North Sea receipts hit record low (Thu, 26 May 2016 16:20:38 GMT)
The UK government makes a loss from North Sea oil and gas production for the first time since records began nearly 50 years ago.

Highest capacity Atlantic cable planned (Thu, 26 May 2016 20:01:59 GMT)
Microsoft and Facebook announce plans to build the highest capacity data link between the US and Europe.

Ticket sites 'must fight touts' (Thu, 26 May 2016 12:18:57 GMT)
Companies like Ticketmaster should take more action to prevent touts "harvesting" concert tickets, a government review recommends.

Wave of industrial unrest across France (Thu, 26 May 2016 16:42:14 GMT)
Industrial action over labour law reforms grips France nationwide, with oil refineries, nuclear power stations, ports, airports and railways affected.

HS2 'over-priced' say transport experts (Thu, 26 May 2016 06:55:01 GMT)
HS2 is an over-priced, gold-plated project and will fail in many of its objectives a group of transport experts warns.

Amazon fashion exec to run Debenhams (Thu, 26 May 2016 07:06:28 GMT)
Department store chain Debenhams appoints an executive from Amazon's European business as its new chief executive.

Daily Mail shares drop as profits fall (Thu, 26 May 2016 10:11:49 GMT)
Shares in the publisher of the Daily Mail fall 8% after falling advertising income hits half-year profits.

FTSE higher after oil price rise (Thu, 26 May 2016 16:17:02 GMT)
Commodity-related shares helped to lift the London market as the price of oil hit $50 a barrel for the first time this year.

China and US clash over steel imports (Thu, 26 May 2016 06:45:48 GMT)
Beijing accuses the US of damaging trade after Washington levies new duties of up to 450% on some steel imports from China.

Payday loan complaints nearly triple (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:00:37 GMT)
The number of people who made complaints about payday loan companies soared by 178% in the year to March, the Financial Ombudsman has revealed.

Foxconn replaces '60,000 with robots' (Wed, 25 May 2016 12:22:12 GMT)
Apple supplier Foxconn replaces 60,000 factory workers with robots, according to Chinese media reports.

VIDEO: Pensioners 'should not pay to save steel' (Thu, 26 May 2016 15:22:09 GMT)
Retired steel workers should not have to pay to save the industry through pension cuts, a Welsh Labour MP says.

VIDEO: Steel pension changes 'to prevent cuts' (Thu, 26 May 2016 14:38:22 GMT)
Smaller increases in steel pensions would avoid the risk of collapse and cuts, the chair of the scheme's trustees says.

VIDEO: 'No-one cares how good you used to be' (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:00:29 GMT)
Sir Paul Smith, the legendary designer, may have been a force in the world of fashion and business for 40 years, but says he is not complacent, because "no-one cares how good you used to be".

VIDEO: Tata boss: No bid shortlist yet (Wed, 25 May 2016 15:46:07 GMT)
The board of the Tata Steel has confirmed that there is still no decision about which bidders have made the shortlist to take over its UK operations.

VIDEO: 'Steel industry must not be destroyed' (Wed, 25 May 2016 12:33:15 GMT)
Jeremy Corbyn joins steel workers marching through London to highlight the crisis facing the British steel industry.

VIDEO: China restarts steel furnaces (Wed, 25 May 2016 13:23:57 GMT)
Despite pledges to cut steel production, China is reopening some of its mills.

VIDEO: 'Ask new M&S boss to come and speak to me' (Wed, 25 May 2016 08:08:47 GMT)
What do women want from High Street stalwart Marks and Spencer?

VIDEO: 'We're changing in-store environment' (Wed, 25 May 2016 08:01:34 GMT)
Marks and Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe says he has a plan in place to recover sales in the clothing and home sections.

Stamp collecting: The mistakes worth millions (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:00:42 GMT)
The mistakes worth millions to stamp collectors

Vancouver's 'freak show' property market (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:00:47 GMT)
What's going on in Vancouver's property market?

The perils of doing business in Venezuela (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:01:01 GMT)
The perils of trying to run a business in Venezuela

Is populism a threat to Europe's economies? (Wed, 25 May 2016 23:23:22 GMT)
Will populism push Europe away from economic orthodoxy?

Will Greek debt deal change anything? (Wed, 25 May 2016 12:43:31 GMT)
Will Greece's latest debt deal really change anything?

Who is bidding for the BHS brand? (Wed, 25 May 2016 14:32:15 GMT)
Who is bidding for the beleaguered brand?

M&S fashion: From Twiggy to Alexa Chung (Mon, 23 May 2016 23:10:26 GMT)
From High Street dominance to troubles with fast fashion

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Lewis takes up Scherzinger's Cats role (Thu, 26 May 2016 16:37:00 GMT)
Singer Leona Lewis is to replace Nicole Scherzinger in the forthcoming Broadway revival of Cats.

Sian Williams tells of double mastectomy (Thu, 26 May 2016 16:28:18 GMT)
Former BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams reveals she had a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Music News round-up: The Weeknd pulls TV appearance over Trump (Thu, 26 May 2016 07:40:18 GMT)
Rolling coverage of the biggest music news stories from around the world.

Ticket sites 'must fight touts' (Thu, 26 May 2016 12:18:57 GMT)
Companies like Ticketmaster should take more action to prevent touts "harvesting" concert tickets, a government review recommends.

Come Dancing star Peggy Spencer dies (Thu, 26 May 2016 11:12:21 GMT)
Dancing legend Peggy Spencer, known to millions of viewers for her part in the BBC's Come Dancing show, dies aged 95.

Sir Elton John and Putin will not meet (Thu, 26 May 2016 11:39:20 GMT)
Sir Elton John will not meet Vladimir Putin when he visits Russia this month because of 'scheduling conflicts'

Caitlyn Jenner TV show axed in Africa (Thu, 26 May 2016 14:21:55 GMT)
A TV show about Caitlyn Jenner becoming a transgender woman will no longer be shown in sub-Saharan Africa following complaints from viewers, its South African broadcaster says.

Barbara Windsor story set for BBC drama (Thu, 26 May 2016 09:55:45 GMT)
Dame Barbara Windsor says she is "honoured and excited" that her life story is to be turned into a one-off TV film.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard to divorce (Thu, 26 May 2016 03:41:24 GMT)
Film star Johnny Depp and his actress wife Amber Heard are to divorce, US court documents reveal.

Royal Mail unveils Pink Floyd stamps (Thu, 26 May 2016 01:20:06 GMT)
A set of stamps celebrating 50 years of British rock group Pink Floyd have been unveiled by Royal Mail.

Deadly shooting at NYC concert hall (Thu, 26 May 2016 04:36:14 GMT)
One person is killed and three others wounded in a shooting at a concert hall in New York where hip-hop artist TI was due to perform.

Refugee is Children's Word of the Year (Thu, 26 May 2016 01:42:49 GMT)
Refugee has been announced as Children's Word of the Year after appearing in hundreds of short stories written by young people for Radio 2's 500 Words competition.

Disney's film trailer 'most watched' (Wed, 25 May 2016 17:55:19 GMT)
A teaser for Disney's new live-action version of Beauty and the Beast became the most-viewed such clip of all time with 91.8m hits in its first 24 hours, the Hollywood Reporter says.

Pooh story celebrates Queen's 90th (Thu, 26 May 2016 09:04:02 GMT)
A new Winnie-the-Pooh adventure has been released to celebrate both the 90th birthday of the Queen and the fictional bear himself.

VIDEO: 'We didn't need to change Top Gear' (Thu, 26 May 2016 09:52:54 GMT)
Chris Evans says he is finally getting excited about his new job on Top Gear, ahead of the revamped show's first airing this weekend.

VIDEO: Film documents life of legendary snapper (Thu, 26 May 2016 12:50:58 GMT)
A new documentary focuses on legendary New York fashion and celebrity photographer Rose Hartman.

VIDEO: Victorian classic given 50s twist (Thu, 26 May 2016 06:39:41 GMT)
The sinister tale of Jekyll and Hyde is given a new twist in a dance production at the Old Vic.

VIDEO: Moment Chewbacca surprises classroom (Tue, 24 May 2016 14:54:47 GMT)
Chewbacca surprises students at a Republic of Ireland primary on Monday.

VIDEO: Wilko Johnson on surviving 'terminal' cancer (Mon, 23 May 2016 14:34:42 GMT)
Rock legend Wilko Johnson on the chance meeting that led to him being cured of cancer, which he had previously been told was terminal.

VIDEO: Making a mark: What's your number? (Mon, 23 May 2016 23:22:02 GMT)
Activists are getting tattoos to highlight the rising level of carbon dioxide in the world's atmosphere.

VIDEO: Katy Perry in dispute over LA convent sale (Mon, 23 May 2016 14:56:39 GMT)
Pop star Katy Perry is locked in a battle with a group of elderly nuns over the sale of a convent in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Izzard: Young people need to register to vote (Sun, 22 May 2016 08:46:54 GMT)
Comedian and remain campaigner Eddie Izzard is embarking on a 31-city tour to persuade young people to vote.

Venice Biennale's brighter future (Thu, 26 May 2016 17:02:09 GMT)
Architects share their visions at Venice Biennale

Marvin Gaye's life makes it to stage (Thu, 26 May 2016 09:23:52 GMT)
Dramatisation of Marvin Gaye's life on stage has family approval

The Coral: 'We were stuck in a timewarp' (Wed, 25 May 2016 06:38:37 GMT)
How The Coral beat their demons to come back stronger

The new age of the ticket tout (Wed, 25 May 2016 07:52:57 GMT)
Are touts making pop concerts the preserve of the rich?

Jekyll & Hyde heralds dance revival (Wed, 25 May 2016 06:40:41 GMT)
Jekyll & Hyde heralds Old Vic dance revival

Anthony Horowitz: 'This is the golden age of television' (Mon, 23 May 2016 23:12:30 GMT)
New Blood's Anthony Horowitz on why he prefers writing for TV

Conductor leaves on a Wagnerian high (Tue, 24 May 2016 07:46:54 GMT)
Opera North's music director leaves on a Wagnerian high

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