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£1.2bn spent on 'Panic Saturday' (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:58:55 GMT)
UK shoppers are expected to spend a record £1.2bn buying Christmas presents and groceries on what researchers are calling "Panic Saturday".

Booking.com fraud network revealed (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:39:11 GMT)
Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.

Plan to help over-50s get jobs (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:44:07 GMT)
Unemployed over-50s will be offered "career reviews" and help using computers as part of plans to get more people in that age group into work.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT)
The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT)
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Blackberry in revenue slide (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:57:23 GMT)
Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.

Power firms to get £1bn to stay open (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:48:22 GMT)
Power generation firms are to receive close to £1bn to ensure their plants stay open and prevent the lights going out in the coming years.

Hellmann's drops eggless mayo case (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:58:10 GMT)
The company that makes Hellmann's mayonnaise, Unilever, is dropping its planned court case against an American company that makes an eggless variety.

Bank fine reduces public borrowing (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:04:47 GMT)
A bank fine of £1.1bn for manipulating currency markets has helped government borrowing figures in November, official figures show.

North Sea oil fears 'too dramatic' (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:16:02 GMT)
A leading figure in the UK's oil industry, Sir Ian Wood, tells the BBC warnings the industry is close to collapse are overstating the problem.

London shares buoyed by Wall Street (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:24:17 GMT)
London's benchmark index closes 1.2% higher on Friday, building on Thursday's sharp rise.

Wonga customer wins fees challenge (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:54:00 GMT)
Payday lender Wonga will refund the fees and interest charged to a customer whose outstanding loan has already been written off.

Belarus moves to protect currency (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:03:28 GMT)
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Nigeria in new bid to defend naira (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:34:31 GMT)
Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.

HK tycoon found guilty of corruption (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:33 GMT)
Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:54:58 GMT)
Special coins issued by Zimbabwe's central bank go into circulation in the run-up to Christmas, to help shoppers who usually get change in sweets.

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT)
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Disabled 'missing out' on scheme (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:40:51 GMT)
Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, a group of MPs say.

Number in debt to energy firms rises (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:10:47 GMT)
About 6% of domestic energy customers were in debt to their supplier in 2013, figures show, but energy firms still owe money to customers too.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:05:16 GMT)
UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

China revises up 2013 economy size (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:26:58 GMT)
China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.

Putin seeks to ease economic fears (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT)
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:41:49 GMT)
US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Building the biggest baby food firm (Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:02:03 GMT)
How Paul Lindley, the boss of Ella's Kitchen, built up the UK's largest baby food business.

Unwrapping Africa's red tape (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:41:12 GMT)
Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.

The value of celebrity endorsements (Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:10:41 GMT)
A growing number of small firms are boosting sales thanks to securing celebrity endorsements, but doing a deal with a famous figure doesn't necessarily guarantee success.

Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:05:33 GMT)
Hereford United is wound up by the High Court over money owed to HM Revenue and Customs.

SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:57:32 GMT)
The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.

Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:28:56 GMT)
Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.

VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me' (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:32:41 GMT)
Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Sony 'will not drop' N Korea film (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:38:09 GMT)
Sony Pictures says it is looking at alternative ways to release film satire The Interview, cancelled in the wake of a cyber-attack.

Strictly set for final showdown (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:13:04 GMT)
The winner of this year's Strictly Come Dancing is set to be decided later, with four couples competing for the glitterball trophy.

Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:04:28 GMT)
Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

Mayor approves £175m garden bridge (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:24:15 GMT)
A controversial garden bridge is to be built across the River Thames as the Mayor of London approves the scheme.

SXSW sued by crash victims' families (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:19:43 GMT)
The families of the victims of a fatal car crash at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Texas are suing its organisers.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT)
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

School of Rock show set for Broadway (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:55:30 GMT)
The musical version of the hit 2003 film School of Rock is to open on Broadway next year.

Pinewood expansion set to begin (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:52:58 GMT)
The first phase of Pinewood Studios' £200m expansion is set to begin following a planning appeal.

Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT)
Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.

Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78 (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT)
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.

George III drawing is uncovered (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:10 GMT)
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.

Churchill painting sells for £1.8m (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:19:07 GMT)
A painting by Sir Winston Churchill sells for almost £1.8m at auction, almost double the previous record for one of his artworks.

Gogglebox drops family over UKIP bid (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:02:43 GMT)
The Michael family is dropped from Gogglebox because the dad is standing as UKIP candidate.

Jimmy Osmond films drink-drive test (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:14:58 GMT)
American singer Jimmy Osmond posts a video of himself being breathalysed by police officers in Llandudno.

CS Lewis letter sells for thousands (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:39:30 GMT)
A previously unknown and unpublished letter from writer and scholar CS Lewis makes £4,600 at auction in Gloucestershire.

City of Angels returns to London (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:24:07 GMT)
Two decades after its London premiere, City of Angels returns to the stage at London's Donmar Warehouse.

No prosecution over ceiling collapse (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:42:14 GMT)
A theatre will not be prosecuted following the collapse of part of its ceiling which injured 88 people, Westminster City Council decides.

Dude, Bueller and Wonka join registry (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:08:15 GMT)
The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory are among 25 new additions to the US National Film Registry.

Mr Turner leads UK critics awards (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:53:29 GMT)
Mr Turner, director Mike Leigh's biopic about the British landscape painter JMW Turner, is nominated for seven awards by the London Film Critics' Circle.

Hobbit dwarfs UK box office rivals (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:42:17 GMT)
The final instalment of The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies, tops the UK box office

Ben Haenow heading for number one (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:20 GMT)
Ben Haenow is heading for Christmas number one as he increases his lead in the midweek charts, just three days after winning the X Factor.

Kasabian lead NME award nominations (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:12:17 GMT)
The Leicester band are named in eight categories including best British band.

Apple defeats $1bn case over iTunes (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:44:48 GMT)
Technology behemoth Apple has been found not guilty of engaging in anti-competitive behaviour by a jury in California.

Whitehall wins top comedy award again (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:49:47 GMT)
Comedian and Bad Education star Jack Whitehall is named 'king of comedy' at the British Comedy Awards for the third year in succession.

Ex-DJ Denning jailed for sex abuse (Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:21:21 GMT)
Former BBC DJ Chris Denning is jailed for 13 years for sexually abusing boys in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Bill Cosby will not face LA charges (Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:12:39 GMT)
Charges will not be filed against comedian Bill Cosby over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl in 1974, US prosecutors say.

VIDEO: Preparations for Strictly final (Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:07:02 GMT)
Ahead of Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing final, Simon Webbe and Frankie Bridge speak to BBC Breakfast.

VIDEO: Jools Holland on hosting 'huge party' (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 11:14:24 GMT)
Jools Holland speaks to BBC Breakfast about his annual New Year's Eve show, Hootenanny.

VIDEO: FBI recover stolen artwork worth $12m (Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:27:38 GMT)
A FBI sting operation has led to the recovery of stolen artwork worth about $12m (£7.7m) including paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera.

VIDEO: Historic portraits with a modern twist (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:24:18 GMT)
Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop tells Focus on Africa why he reinvented some historic paintings with a playful touch of his very own.

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