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Hidden company owners to be revealed

Companies will be forced to declare their true owners on a public register in a move to tackle corruption, Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

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Businesses celebrate Queen's Awards

Jaguar Land Rover is among a list of more than 100 winners of Queen's Awards for their success in international trade.

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Two government agencies quit CBI

Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.

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Japan's trade deficit quadruples

Japan's trade deficit quadrupled last month compared to March 2013, as export growth slows and energy imports continue to rise.

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Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy

A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.

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Garden centres 'want' Easter choice

The government is urged to end restrictions that prevent many garden centres in England and Wales from opening on Easter Sunday.

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HMRC 'plans to share personal data'

Taxpayers' personal financial data could be shared with private firms and researchers, Revenue & Customs says, despite concerns over privacy and security.

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'Rogue directors' crackdown planned

People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.

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Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

The fashion house Giorgio Armani pays 270m euros (£222m; $374m) to the Italian authorities to settle a tax bill.

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Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade

A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading.

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Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

Barnes & Noble chairman trims his stake in the bookstore company to 20% by selling shares worth $64m.

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Pensioners could get death estimate

Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.

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Co-op Group reports £2.5bn loss

The Co-operative Group reports losses of £2.5bn, the worst results in its 150-year history, after what its chief executive calls a "disastrous" year.

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Lamb takeaways 'often another meat'

Takeaway owners are to face a new testing programme, after a watchdog found nearly a third of lamb takeaways it checked contained a different meat.

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Anglo Irish bank pair found guilty

Two former Anglo Irish bank chiefs have been found guilty of making loans designed to illegally prop up the bank's share price.

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UK housing market 'shows resilience'

The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.

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Tencent brings Candy Crush to China

China's internet giant Tencent will launch the popular Candy Crush game on the mainland in partnership with the game's creator King Digital Entertainment.

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Free jail-built bikes for jobseekers

Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

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New teachers 'can't risk mortgages'

A teachers' union leader says young teachers are shying away from taking out mortgages because of uncertainty over their future earnings.

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Wage rises catch up with inflation

After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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'Shocking' rise in use of food banks

Hundreds of thousands more people are turning to food banks to stop themselves from going hungry, says charity the Trussell Trust.

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China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

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.

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UK unemployment rate falls to 6.9%

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.

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China 'must allow currency to rise'

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.

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Indian bike messenger firm takes off

As a new type of cycle courier firm takes to the roads in Bangalore, the BBC's Sameer Hashmi looks at the challenges faced by Indian start-up companies.

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Steering a company in a new direction

Major change is a challenge for companies and their investors. How can chief executives shift a firm's course effectively?

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The boss who wants staff to have fun

A profile of Henry Engelhardt, the boss of insurance group Admiral, and why he wants his staff to have fun.

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Jockey Club makes record profits

The Jockey Club, the organisation behind the UK's leading horseracing events, reports record profits for last year of £22m.

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Man City players 'best paid in sport'

Premier League players at Manchester City are the best paid in global sport, according to a new study.

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Hearts' banker agrees shares sale

Ukio Bankas creditors approve the sale of its shares in Hearts, who can now begin their move out of administration.

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VIDEO: UK could become 'nation of renters'

Almost half of Britons believe the UK will become a nation of renters within a generation, research suggests.

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VIDEO: Vinyl fights back against downloads

New research suggests that physical formats for music, like CDs, cassettes and vinyl are experiencing a revival, particularly among younger buyers, despite digital downloads.

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VIDEO: Alfa Romeo plots US comeback

Alfa Romeo, the Italian sports car maker, returns to the US market after 20 years. Michelle Fleury takes a tour of the car the firm hopes will appeal to American drivers.

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AUDIO: Third believe they may never own home

A third of adults under 45 say they have no prospect of owning their own home, a report by Halifax has found.

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VIDEO: Singapore puts innovation on show

Singapore is running a trade fair for entrepreneurs, where exhibitors hope to turn their idea into a worldwide success.

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AUDIO: Google 'not meeting expectations'

Larry Magid, technology analyst for CNET, discusses the fall in Google's shares.

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AUDIO: Why Danny Mills bought all the pies

Former England defender Danny Mills has invested in the struggling West Cornwall Pasty Company.

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Netflix battles for big budget TV

The battle for exclusive online TV shows

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The man who helps Somali firms grow

The expat investor helping businesses in Somalia

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Where Wall Street met Silicon Valley

Two cultures collide at the online retail giant

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Selling globally is child's play

The tech making e-commerce easier for small firms

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Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Some of the UK's biggest entrepreneurs share their stories

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Cheaper stamps if Scots go it alone?

Will stamps get cheaper if Scots go it alone?

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John Lewis celebrates 150 years

What's the story of John Lewis' 150 years of success?

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Fire ice: The energy of the future?

The latest addiction to help satisfy our energy needs

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