Millions shopping on 'Panic Saturday'

UK shoppers are expected to spend a record £1.2bn buying Christmas presents and groceries on what researchers are calling "Panic Saturday".

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 9:23 am

Plan to help over-50s get jobs

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.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 5:44 am

How to spot a fake at Christmas

On the seasonal lookout for counterfeit goods

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:47 pm

Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London

A sneak peek at how Crossrail is taking shape below London

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:45 pm

Booking.com fraud network revealed

Details are revealed of a network which attempted to defraud thousands of customers of the online travel agent Booking.com.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:39 pm

Blackberry in revenue slide

Troubled smartphone maker Blackberry reports a larger than expected drop in revenue, as it struggles to convince consumers to buy its phones.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 2:57 pm

Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt

Hereford United is wound up by the High Court over money owed to HM Revenue and Customs.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 1:05 pm

London shares buoyed by Wall Street

London's benchmark index closes 1.2% higher on Friday, building on Thursday's sharp rise.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 12:24 pm

Belarus moves to protect currency

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 12:03 pm

Zimbabwe issues coins for Christmas

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:54 am

Power firms to get £1bn to stay open

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:48 am

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 11:36 am

VIDEO: India's labour reforms anger unions

Labour law reforms giving small firms more freedom to hire and fire have prompted protests among union members in India.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:52 am

VIDEO: Shopping online from a country cottage

For 2014, there is evidence to suggest more people than ever have shopped online, especially in rural areas where 9 out of 10 people shop online.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:07 am

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 8:05 am

Nigeria in new bid to defend naira

Nigeria's central bank brings in further measures to support its currency, the naira, which fell to record lows this week.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:34 am

VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me'

Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:32 am

VIDEO: Botswana's complex ecotourism trade

While much of the profits made from wildlife tourism in Botswana go to foreign-owned tourist operators, the biggest concern for some locals is poachers.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:27 am

Hellmann's drops eggless mayo case

The company that makes Hellmann's mayonnaise, Unilever, is dropping its planned court case against an American company that makes an eggless variety.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 5:58 am

Number in debt to energy firms rises

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 5:10 am

Bank fine reduces public borrowing

A bank fine of £1.1bn for manipulating currency markets has helped government borrowing figures in November, official figures show.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 5:04 am

Wonga customer wins fees challenge

Payday lender Wonga will refund the fees and interest charged to a customer whose outstanding loan has already been written off.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 3:54 am

North Sea oil fears 'too dramatic'

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 3:16 am

HK tycoon found guilty of corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 2:59 am

Disabled 'missing out' on scheme

Substantial numbers of disabled people are missing out on government support to help them into work, a group of MPs say.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 1:40 am