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Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years

The retailer warns of "another tough year ahead" as shoppers shift spending away from clothing.

State pension age could be raised to 70, says report

Twenty year-olds may have to work till the age of 70, with millions more having to work till 68

Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales

Sales rose more than expected last month, but the underlying trend suggests fuel costs are starting to bite.

Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say

The warning from former regulators comes amid speculation ministers may cap prices on standard tariffs.

Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade

Apple is under scrutiny following reports it has paid no tax in New Zealand since 2007.

Brexit vote: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary'

Author of a report argues that no trade deal is better than a bad deal with the EU.

FTSE 100 dips despite boost from Next

Shares in Next rise despite the company reporting its first fall in profits for eight years.

Libor expert witness texted for help

A prosecution witness called by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) admits texting friends for help explaining trader terminology.

Brantano: collapse of shoe retailer puts 1,000 jobs at risk

Value shoe retailer Brantano falls into administration in a 'difficult' market and the weak pound.

Bosses' incomes are 386 times higher than Living Wage

FTSE 100 chiefs earn nearly 400 times more than someone on the National Living Wage.

UBS charges customers to deposit euros

Swiss bank UBS plans to charge a fee for customers who deposit more than a million euros.

Bank cheques to be cleared within a day

From October 2017, cheques will start to clear much faster than the current six days' waiting time.

Plusnet fined £880,000 for billing former customers

An investigation by Ofcom found the ISP had overcharged former customers by more than £500,000.

'I am very confident we can find a good trade deal'

Cecile Reinaud runs Seraphine, a London-based maternity wear company. She is on an export drive and is hopeful about the post-Brexit trade deals to be struck.

Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy'

Handbag designer Claudia Fürst is moving her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound.

Texas cattle rancher fears for future

Rancher Coleman Locke is concerned farmers like him could lose out if the US renegotiates Nafta.

No major currency problem for Scotland, says Mervyn King

"Scotland certainly could be an independent country", says former governor of the Bank of England.

Google boss says sorry for extremist content

Google's European boss apologises for brands appearing next to extremist content that they didn't feel comfortable with.

Business jargon in job adverts putting off young people

Business jargon is putting off young applicants- Radio 4's PM tries to decipher some of it.

Meet Mumbai's Flipper and his six penguin friends

Seven Humboldt penguins have gone on display at Mumbai's main zoo but the move has been controversial.

'I'm owed £9,000 in child maintenance'

Laura Riley has a 10-year-old son, Louis, and has been chasing child maintenance payments for nine years.

Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'

A social media firm was among two companies targeted in an email phishing scam, officials say.

The woman taking on ticket website Viagogo

Claire Turnham tried to buy Ed Sheeran tickets - and ended up leading a campaign against Viagogo.

‘Vegetable ivory’

A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.

Urban spies

How much data do you give away during your average day in the city?

How many countries?

We track a single item of clothing to see just where it goes before it ends up in the shop.

Bear trap

Everyone has to tackle their fears. Adventurer Bear Grylls explains how he tackles his own self-doubt.

Trouble on the ranch

America's rural heavily supported Donald Trump in the election, but now some are starting to worry his trade plans could hurt their business.

Advertising control

The technology behemoth Google may be in the spotlight with concerns over adverts ending up on extremist websites, but the wider UK advertising industry itself is facing numerous other challenges.

Fake data threat

Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents.

Reality Check

CPIH is about to become the headline measure of inflation, but it's not a proper national statistic.


The feuding family members who built up South Korea's Lotte Group empire are reunited in court.

'Out of control'

Australian Jessica May overcame acute anxiety by setting up a recruitment firm for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Blurred lines?

Gamblers and insurers both place bets on the future, so how do they compare?

Any old Joe

Joe Gordon, boss of telephone and online bank First Direct has just two years' experience in banking.


Using robotic carers and nurses to help the elderly could ease strains on the global healthcare system.

Vote of confidence

Toyota's decision to invest £240m in its UK operations will be welcome news for the UK car industry.

Slow burn

The US central bank takes another step towards ending the exceptional response prompted by the financial crisis.

'No sex, no politics'

Etiquette experts and business coaches guide us through the minefield that is the business lunch.

Obesity crisis

Could global trade in vegetable oil be to blame for our growing obesity crisis?

NICs U-turn

How many people will now pay less National Insurance as a result of the chancellor's change of heart?

Marked down

When Romania stopped cheating in its exams, it revealed the scale of the social gap in its school system.

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