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Governments clash over pension costs (Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:34:47 GMT)
The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.

Apple profits beat expectations (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:23:41 GMT)
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:43:34 GMT)
Facebook reports growing earnings on surging mobile advertising revenue as chief finance officer David Ebersman prepares to leave.

UK government hits borrowing target (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:11:54 GMT)
The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

Qualcomm shares dip on weak outlook (Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:35:01 GMT)
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.

Portuguese bond yield falls to 3.58% (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:24:16 GMT)
Portugal's chances of exiting its three year bailout programme have risen after the sale of 10 year government debt fell to a record low of 3.75%.

Bank raises UK growth forecast (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:46:02 GMT)
The Bank of England raises its estimate of economic growth in the first quarter of the year and a CBI survey indicates robust growth in the manufacturing sector.

Game-maker Zynga in widening loss (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:29:03 GMT)
Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.

Primark to open its first US stores (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:26:44 GMT)
Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.

Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:10 GMT)
US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.

EU in slow progress on deficit cuts (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT)
EU member countries have cut new government borrowing, but total debt continues to rise, European Commission figures show.

FA hit by drop in broadcast money (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:28:53 GMT)
The Football Association was hit by a £34m drop in broadcasting rights income last season compared with 2011-12.

Renewable energy projects approved (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:58:16 GMT)
Eight renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, are given the green light by the government.

Property sales continue to pick up (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:39:22 GMT)
UK property sales were 19% higher in March than the same month a year ago as buyers continued to return to the market, figures show.

Boeing raises 2014 profit forecast (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:51:39 GMT)
US aerospace giant Boeing raises its profit forecast for 2014 as it announces a "strong" first quarter.

Patisserie Valerie plans share sale (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:16:03 GMT)
The owner of the Patisserie Valerie cafe chain becomes the latest firm to plan a stock market flotation, with its listing set to raise £33m.

Flybe in London City Airport deal (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:12:33 GMT)
Flybe is to offer flights to and from London City Airport after signing a five-year deal.

Monster Inc: Nessie advice for firms (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:43:58 GMT)
Businesses in the Highlands have been offered free advice on how they can cash in on the Loch Ness Monster myth.

Small print 'longer than a novel' (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:36:56 GMT)
Small print on some car insurance policies has a higher word count than George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, a consumer website has found.

Danger of London's 'hidden homes' (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:21:22 GMT)
Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere.

Energy switching numbers 'still low' (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:43:19 GMT)
Nearly two-thirds of people have never switched energy supplier - a process that could save them £200, says the energy regulator, Ofgem.

'A third' can't afford healthy food (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:06:53 GMT)
High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, a survey by the British Heart Foundation suggests.

Australia to buy 58 new F-35 jets (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:48:45 GMT)
Australia approves the purchase of 58 new F-35 fighter jets worth 12.4bn Australian dollars ($11.5bn; £6.8bn).

Three Scots universities leave CBI (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 05:21:03 GMT)
Three Scottish universities become the latest organisations to quit the CBI over its stance in the Scottish independence referendum debate.

Bolivia raises minimum wage by 20% (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:45:22 GMT)
After talks with the trade unions, Bolivia's President, Evo Morales agrees to raise the minimum wage of private and public sector workers by 20%.

Making work more than just a job (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:33:49 GMT)
Most companies have value statements, but what can chief executives do to ensure they add meaning and are more than rhetoric?

The man who helps Somali firms grow (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:50:04 GMT)
The BBC's Jane O'Brien profiles US-Somali investor Mohamed Ali, who returns to his African homeland to help businesses to grow and prosper.

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:13:13 GMT)
Some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs talk to the BBC about how to succeed - and share some of their biggest mistakes.

R&A chief executive Dawson to retire (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:29:55 GMT)
Peter Dawson is to step down as chief executive of the R&A, golf's governing body, in September 2015.

Jockey Club makes record profits (Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:58:45 GMT)
The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:33:12 GMT)
US actress Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend, Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.

Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:49:51 GMT)
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.

Top Gear 'regrets' Myanmar remark (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:49:27 GMT)
The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.

Clifford jury gets majority direction (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:17:04 GMT)
Jurors in the indecent assault trial of publicist Max Clifford are told they can return a majority verdict of nine to one.

Complaints mount over Jamaica Inn (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:51:14 GMT)
The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn escalates, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings following Monday's debut instalment.

Bieber upsets with war shrine image (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:35:48 GMT)
Justin Bieber has caused social media upset after posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine on Instagram.

Amazon and HBO sign streaming deal (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:56:10 GMT)
US customers of streaming service Amazon Prime will be able to stream such TV shows as The Sopranos and The Wire thanks to a new deal with subscription channel HBO.

Bail-out for troubled Hull theatre (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:27:04 GMT)
The Hull Truck theatre receives £400,000 in emergency grants from Arts Council England and Hull City Council to help it out of financial crisis.

'Irresponsible' holiday ad banned (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:25:58 GMT)
A television advert for Center Parcs is banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take holidays during term time.

Poniatowska awarded Cervantes Prize (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:01:49 GMT)
Spain's King Juan Carlos awards the most important award in Spanish literature to Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska at a ceremony in Alcala de Henares.

Spider-Man snares UK box office (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:42:37 GMT)
Spider-Man swings to the top of the UK and Ireland box office chart after his latest film registered the biggest cinema opening weekend of the year so far.

Coldplay to play Radio 1 Big Weekend (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:11:54 GMT)
The British band have confirmed they will headline the Saturday night at the BBC festival in Glasgow.

Shakespeare 'a cultural icon' abroad (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:47:40 GMT)
William Shakespeare is the UK's greatest cultural icon, according to the results of an international survey released to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth.

Twin memorials for Garcia Marquez (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:39:58 GMT)
Mexico and Colombia hold commemorations for renowned author and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday.

McQueen art show set for London (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:40:59 GMT)
An exhibition of new works by artist and film-maker Steve McQueen - his first since his success at the Oscars - is to be held in London this autumn.

Radcliffe play wows Broadway critics (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:23:47 GMT)
Actor Daniel Radcliffe gets five-star reviews for the Broadway production of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Singer accuser files more sex claims (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:43 GMT)
A man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager is suing three more Hollywood executives, claiming they also molested him.

Tom Hanks and Spielberg to reunite (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:07:07 GMT)
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are set to work together for a fourth time on a new Cold War thriller.

Netflix reports rise in profits (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:08:19 GMT)
Internet streaming video service Netflix reports profits of $53m during the first quarter, and says it will soon increase subscription prices.

Whedon releases new film on demand (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:24:18 GMT)
Avengers director Joss Whedon surprises fans by releasing his latest film online on the same night as its US premiere.

Blurred Lines tops all-time chart (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:59:39 GMT)
Robin Thicke's controversial hit single Blurred Lines is named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time.

Oxegen 2014 music festival cancelled (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:30:35 GMT)
This year's Oxegen music festival, one of the largest in Ireland, will not take place this year,

Singer Jenkins to marry director (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:19:45 GMT)
Singer Katherine Jenkins is to marry American film director and artist Andrew Levitas, it is announced.

Breakfast TV pay 'deters' viewers (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:37:20 GMT)
Former TV-am host Nick Owen says viewers are alienated by reports of presenters' high salaries, as Susanna Reid prepares to launch Good Morning Britain on ITV.

Blackburn to get 50-year radio award (Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:48:19 GMT)
Tony Blackburn will receive The Radio Academy's lifetime achievement award for the second time, to mark his 50 years on the air.

Racing broadcaster Wilson dies aged 73 (Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:45:19 GMT)
Former BBC racing presenter and commentator Julian Wilson dies aged 73 following a long illness.

Paolo Nutini sets 2014 sales record (Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:01:28 GMT)
Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini tops the charts with Caustic Love, which becomes the fastest-selling album of the year.

VIDEO: Mirren: I'd love to play Juliet (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:08:12 GMT)
Dame Helen Mirren has revealed she always wanted to play Shakespeare's Juliet, but was never given the chance.

VIDEO: More complaints over Jamaica Inn (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:50:21 GMT)
More than 700 people have now complained about struggling to understand dialogue in the BBC's adaptation of Jamaica Inn

VIDEO: Gervais on David Brent and getting old (Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:07:00 GMT)
Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais chats to BBC Breakfast about David Brent and getting older.

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