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Average wages overtake inflation (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:44:57 GMT)
After nearly six years of falling living standards, weekly earnings have finally edged above inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.

UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9% (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:02:31 GMT)
The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five year low of 2.24 million in the three months to February, official figures indicate.

Tesco announces 6% fall in profit (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:30:28 GMT)
UK supermarket giant Tesco announces a 6% fall in annual group trading profit to £3.3bn, the second year that profits have fallen.

Starbucks to move European HQ to UK (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:00:58 GMT)
Starbucks is to move its European head office to London by the end of the year, meaning it will pay more tax in the UK, the company says.

China's 7.4% growth beats forecast (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:38:37 GMT)
China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

'Shocking' rise in use of food banks (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:29:02 GMT)
Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

China 'must allow currency to rise' (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:28:43 GMT)
The US tells China its currency must be allowed to rise if its own and the rest of the world's economy are to see stable growth.

Credit Suisse rebuffs forex probe (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:51:32 GMT)
Swiss bank Credit Suisse has found nothing "materially untoward" in how it trades foreign currencies, finance officer David Mathers has said.

Yahoo shares jump despite profit fall (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:59:12 GMT)
Shares in the struggling internet search giant Yahoo surge 9%, despite first-quarter profits falling 20%.

Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:50:49 GMT)
The Russian economy may see zero growth this year because of the Ukraine crisis, Russia's finance minister has admitted.

Coca-cola's fizzy sales go flat (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:19:55 GMT)
The amount of fizzy drinks Coca-Cola sells worldwide falls for the first time in 15 years, but still drinks sales are up by 8%.

Pawnbroker exits administration (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:34:42 GMT)
A group of investors buys UK pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond out of administration, but not all of its stores are included in the deal.

Final approval for EU banking reform (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:21:41 GMT)
MEPs back rules for a banking safety net to minimise the risk of further EU taxpayer-funded bailouts.

Independence 'risks defence jobs' (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:50:21 GMT)
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond predicts that a vote for Scottish independence would put defence jobs at risk.

Barclays appoints new board pay boss (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:17:00 GMT)
Barclays has appointed Crawford Gillies as chairman of its remuneration committee, to replace current chair Sir John Sunderland later this year.

US inflation stays low in March (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:56:54 GMT)
A sharp fall in petrol prices helped to keep US consumer inflation well below the Federal Reserve's 2% target in March.

Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:39:00 GMT)
Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

Footballer helps save pasty company (Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:01:25 GMT)
Former Leeds United footballer, Danny Mills, is among investors who stepped in to save 35 West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets

House prices continue to accelerate (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:32:20 GMT)
The rate at which UK house prices are rising has continued to increase, official figures show, with prices up 9.1% in the year to February.

Families on 'financial knife-edge' (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:14:35 GMT)
Almost 4m families have enough money to pay their rent or mortgage for only a month, if made jobless, housing charity Shelter says.

Graduate starting pay 'falling' (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:33:41 GMT)
Starting salaries for graduate jobs, even in the best-paid fields of medicine and dentistry, have fallen 11% in five years, research suggests

UK inflation falls to 1.6% in March (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:26:57 GMT)
UK's inflation rate, as measured by the consumer prices index, fell to 1.6% in March, the Office for National Statistics says.

Sharp increase in US retail sales (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:43:29 GMT)
US retail sales saw their biggest gain in 18 months in March, official figures show, as the economy continues to gather strength.

Australia: Second airport for Sydney (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:33:34 GMT)
Australia approves construction of a second international airport in Sydney, nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated.

The boss who wants staff to have fun (Sun, 13 Apr 2014 23:06:33 GMT)
A profile of Henry Engelhardt, the boss of insurance group Admiral, and why he wants his staff to have fun.

Bamboo back in business for Taiwan (Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:37:42 GMT)
After decades of decline, Taiwan's bamboo industry is now recovering as the plant is being used to make a wider range of goods, says the BBC's Cindy Sui.

The Whole Foods way of engaging staff (Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:06:16 GMT)
How can firms engage their employees? Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey explains how he motivates his staff.

European Rugby Cup gets go-ahead (Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:12:23 GMT)
A new European Rugby Champions Cup to replace the Heineken Cup is given the go-ahead and will start in the 2014-2015 season.

Livingston eye community ownership (Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:55:00 GMT)
Livingston want to become the latest Scottish football club to move towards being fully owned by their community.

Games ceremonies' costs rise by 49% (Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:03:17 GMT)
The cost of the opening and closing ceremonies at this year's Commonwealth Games rises by almost half.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Paul Weller wins damages from Mail (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:47:24 GMT)
Rock musician Paul Weller wins £10,000 damages after the Mail Online published pictures of his children.

New Banksy art removed with crowbar (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:33:13 GMT)
New street art by "guerrilla artist" Banksy is removed within hours of appearing in Bristol.

Angela Lansbury 'proud' to be a Dame (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:06:53 GMT)
Murder, She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury says she is "very proud" to be honoured by the Queen in the country of her birth.

Dave Lee Travis charged with assault (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:51:42 GMT)
Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis is charged with one count of indecent assault under Operation Yewtree, Scotland Yard says.

Benefits Street follow-up in pipeline (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:23:31 GMT)
The producers of Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street have confirmed they are working on a follow-up with the working title Immigration Street.

One in 10 young people buy cassettes (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:09:23 GMT)
Cassette tapes have a "novelty value", with 10% of 18 to 24-year-olds buying one in the last month, according to new research.

UB40 gig 'made fan's ear bleed' (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:08:14 GMT)
Music at a UB40 concert was so loud it was "altering heart rhythms" and caused a fan's ear to bleed, it is claimed.

War Horse musicians lose legal bid (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:27:51 GMT)
Five musicians take action against the National Theatre after being stripped of their roles in the West End production of War Horse.

Hobbit star Armitage set for Old Vic (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:59:13 GMT)
Richard Armitage, one the stars of The Hobbit films, is to lead the cast in a new production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible at the Old Vic.

BBC Three controller leaves for Sky (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:41:09 GMT)
Zai Bennett, the controller of BBC Three, announces he is to move to Sky Atlantic, just weeks after the BBC announced the channel would be scrapped.

Brit horror highest new film entry (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:47:38 GMT)
British horror film The Quiet Ones is the highest new entry at the UK box office in a week dominated by older releases.

Barenboim heads up RPS nominations (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:04:04 GMT)
Conductor Daniel Barenboim, composer Peter Maxwell Davies and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato are among the nominees for this year's Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

Dead man fulfils comedy club wish (Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:35:02 GMT)
A man's dying wish to appear on a comedy stage is fulfilled when one of his friends performs at a club accompanied by his ashes.

Breaking Bad star wins fan prom date (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:25:53 GMT)
Actor Bryan Cranston helps a teenage Breaking Bad fan secure a date to his prom, by filming a special proposal in character as Walter White.

Relative Values divides critics (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:40:09 GMT)
Sir Trevor Nunn's revival of the Noel Coward play Relative Values, starring Patricia Hodge, Caroline Quentin and Rory Bremner divides critics on its opening night.

'Monkey Christ' woman in music video (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:12:10 GMT)
An elderly Spanish woman who botched a fresco restoration appears in the video for a song she inspired.

Donna Tartt wins fiction Pulitzer (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:15:31 GMT)
Author Donna Tartt is awarded this year's Pulitzer Prize for fiction, for her critically acclaimed third novel The Goldfinch.

Hunger Games leads MTV Movie Awards (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:08:56 GMT)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire takes the prize for best film at the MTV Movie Awards, as well as female performance and best male for Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

Captain America rules US box office (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:12:24 GMT)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier stays top of the US box office, holding off competition from new release, Rio 2.

Thompson bemoans 'grey pound' films (Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:52:16 GMT)
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson says it's "a mistake" to make films targeting older people and the 'grey pound'.

Flavor Flav admits attempted battery (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:34:41 GMT)
Public Enemy rapper Flavor Flav pleads guilty to attempted battery after pulling a knife on the teenage son of his girlfriend during an argument.

Jackson mother must pay AEG's costs (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:02:15 GMT)
Michael Jackson's mother is ordered by a US court to pay more than $800,000 (£480,000) in trial costs to concert promoter AEG Live.

Kaiser Chiefs retain album top spot (Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:04:43 GMT)
Kaiser Chiefs are not to be budged from the top spot on this week's album chart, holding on to the number one position with their latest release.

BBC Trust to examine star salaries (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:18:46 GMT)
The BBC Trust is to conduct a review of presenter and performer pay - the first in five years.

EastEnders actress Dore dies at 92 (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:19:24 GMT)
Actress Edna Dore, who was best known for her role as battleaxe Mo Butcher in EastEnders, has died aged 92.

Ultimate Warrior cause of death confirmed (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:09:44 GMT)
The wrestler died at his Arizona hotel on 8 April, days after being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

VIDEO: Anti-graffiti CCTV captures Banksy (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:51:59 GMT)
A security camera has revealed footage of the artist Banksy and an accomplice at work in Bristol in the early hours of Sunday morning

VIDEO: Lord Tebbit turns children's writer (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:01:54 GMT)
Lord Tebbit, the former Tory minister and party chairman turns his hand to writing a children's novel, the central character being a 14-year-old boy left paralysed after a car crash.

VIDEO: Michael Morpurgo: How to mark WW1 (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:56:01 GMT)
War Horse author Michael Morpurgo on how to mark the centenary of the start of World War One.

VIDEO: New rivals for One Direction (Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:09:20 GMT)
British Boy Band The Vamps talk about their fans and being compared to One Direction

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