How Coca-Cola became a million dollar idea

Coca-Cola is the most famous soft drink ever made. But its inventor thought he should sell it as a medicine. Coke's marketing has been...

US finds against Bombardier in Boeing dispute

The US has ruled that Canada's Bombardier received government subsidies and sold C-Series jets below cost in the US, a step likely to lead...

Rolling Stone magazine bought by Penske Media

Rolling Stone magazine is getting a new majority owner. Media investor Jay Penske said his firm Penske Media was buying a 51% stake in...

Cost of global disasters 'jumps to $306bn in 2017'

Disasters in 2017 caused losses of $306bn (£229bn), according to estimates from insurance giant Swiss Re.The figure represents a 63% jump from last year,...

Toy craze

Every Christmas there's one toy that causes holiday mayhem - a must-have that seems almost impossible for desperate parents to get their hands on....

UK car production driven down by fall in domestic demand

The number of cars built in the UK last month fell by 4.6% compared with a year earlier, driven down by a sharp decline...

Toys R Us troubles put 3,200 jobs at risk

Toys R Us is facing an uncertain future in the UK after it was told to put £9m into its struggling pension fund by...

Boeing and Bombardier set out defence in trade row

Boeing and Bombardier traded verbal blows on Monday over claims by the US planemaker that the Canadian company receives massive subsidies.The two sides appeared...

Token DJ

Rows between artists, managers and their record labels often become the stuff of music legend, but does blockchain technology mean that musicians could soon...

New build nightmare

Gas leaks, damp, holes in the floor and cracks in the walls - for some, their new homes have become "uninhabitable" less than a...

A voice for a dollar

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Sri Lanka appeals to Russia to lift temporary tea ban

Sri Lanka is making a special appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin to remove a ban on Ceylon tea.Two ministers are leading a delegation...

Port Talbot steelworkers' pension help 'grossly inadequate'

Action to protect steelworkers' pensions has been "grossly inadequate", a committee of MPs has said. The regulator the Financial Conduct Authority has been investigating...

Mobile phone and broadband services need 'radical improvement'

The head of the National Infrastructure Commission has called for urgent action to tackle poor mobile phone coverage. Lord Adonis has written to the...

Goalmouth scramble:

The next round of Premier League football television rights are up for grabs and there appears to be all to play for, with a...

Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchange

Bitcoin has moved another step towards mainstream investing with the start of trading on the huge Chicago Mercantile Exchange financial futures market.It comes as...

IPPR proposes creation of ‘shared market’ for UK and EU

A think tank is proposing a post-Brexit trading deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other's markets.It would see the UK...

US tax bill: Republicans agree sweeping changes

US Republicans from both houses of Congress have revealed their joint bill for the biggest overhaul of the country's tax system in 30 years.The...

Sleep in a showroom

As more of us shop online, retailers are using quirky events and experiences to lure us back to the High Street. But will it...

Cash controversy: The High Streets with too many ATMs

Shoppers in Gallowtree Gate, in the centre of Leicester, should never find themselves short of cash.Within a five minute walk they can find no...

Sky News faces uncertain future after Disney-Fox deal

Walt Disney's agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox's business for $52.4bn (£39bn) has raised further questions about the Sky News channel's future.Before...

Britvic confirms Norwich factory closure

Britvic has confirmed it will leave its Norwich site, with the loss of hundreds of jobs in the city, in 2019.The drinks manufacturer, which...

Families 'struggle' without washing machines

Some households face an "intolerable struggle" as they are living without basic household appliances, a charity has said.Some did not have the money to...

Ryanair moves towards recognise pilot unions

Ryanair has said it is prepared to recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid strike disruption over the Christmas period.Earlier this week, 79...

Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol'

Introducing a minimum price per unit of alcohol would push up the cost to consumers of most alcohol, not just the cheapest strong drinks,...

Sky and BT sign deal to share each others channels

Sky and BT have have signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms.Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports...

Virgin Trains staff to hold 24-hour strike

Virgin rail workers are to go on a 24-hour strike later in the first of a number of walkouts across the UK. Rail, Maritime...

How public relations became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how public relations became a million dollar idea. How public relations became a million dollar idea Source: Business The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst...

Locked out

The internet of things (IoT) promises many advantages - smart cities with integrated transport systems, for instance - but it comes with a significantly...

HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash

Unauthorised redundancy payments made by the state-owned company managing the HS2 rail project were a "shocking waste of taxpayers' money", MPs have said.The Public...

Scottish income tax changes unveiled

The Scottish government has announced income tax changes that will see higher earners pay more than elsewhere in the UK - and lower earners...

Niki Austrian airline failure strands many passengers

The Austrian airline Niki has grounded its planes, stranding thousands of passengers, after filing for insolvency protection.The company has about 20 planes serving resorts...

Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn

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Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean

The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean. Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean Source: Business The BBC's Andrew Neil has five...

Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space

Care home company Four Seasons Health Care has won a reprieve on a major debt repayment which threatened the future of the firm. The...

NatWest bank spat prompts web security changes

NatWest bank says it will enhance the security of its website, following a spat with security experts who spotted a vulnerability.Several researchers had asked...

Eurozone economy to grow at faster rate, says central bank

The European Central Bank (ECB) has lifted its economic growth forecasts as growth across the eurozone picks up.It now expects the eurozone's economy to...

Teva Pharmaceuticals: Israeli drugmaker to cut 14,000 jobs

Israel's Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has announced a restructuring plan that will see it cut 14,000 jobs worldwide, or 25% of its total workforce.Israel itself...

Bank sees boost from Brexit progress

The Bank of England says confidence among households and businesses is likely to be supported by last week's progress in Brexit talks.Last week the...

The pig farmer taking on Tesco

Pig farming can be a messy business, but some say supermarkets are playing an even dirtier game.Richard Baugh's family have been raising pigs for...

Black Friday lifts UK retail sales in November

Black Friday helped to propel retail sales 1.6% higher in November from a year earlier, official figures suggest. The Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

Scottish income tax rises to be unveiled

Scotland's finance secretary is expected to confirm income tax rises for middle and higher earners when he unveils his draft budget for next year.Derek...

Fake baby milk formula scare hits Malaysia

Malaysian authorities are investigating the safety of infant formula powders after seizing hundreds of packets of counterfeit products. Manufacturer Mead Johnson said the goods...

Commonwealth Bank admits failures in money laundering case

Australia's biggest bank has admitted it was late to disclose more than 53,000 transactions that allegedly breached anti-money laundering laws.In August, the nation's financial...

Travelling homes

"We're in the business of making dreams come true." Not the words of a Hollywood director or even a toy company boss, but what...

Debate over property tax 'welcome'

The abolition of stamp duty for many first-time buyers should spark a wider debate over the taxation of property, surveyors say.New buyers purchasing a...

Republican lawmakers say historic tax deal is agreed

US Republican lawmakers say they have agreed to a deal paving the way for the biggest overhaul of the country's tax system in 30...

DanTDM: the million-dollar jelly bean-eating gamer

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How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover

Toni Mascolo, who has died aged 75, and his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century.The son of...

Bank of England's PRA to remove gendered language

The old lady of Threadneedle Street may soon lose her moniker under plans by the Bank of England to remove gendered language from documentation.Under...