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Higher pay awards 'on the way'

Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England's interest rate setting committee.

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Oil price fall 'not Opec's fault'

Oil-rich Gulf states vow not to cut crude production, blaming speculators and producers outside the Opec group for falling prices.

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City workers expect bigger bonuses

Senior workers in London's financial services sector are expecting an average 21% rise in their bonus payouts for this year, a survey found.

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B&Q's Kingfisher to sell China stake

Home improvements retailer Kingfisher agrees to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth £140m

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South Korea cuts growth forecasts

Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.

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Asian shares higher in thin trade

Asian markets headed higher on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break.

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Gadget insurance complaints rise

The Financial Ombudsman Service says it received 2,200 complaints about gadget warranties last year, double that of the previous year.

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North Sea oil summit announced

A plan for a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry is announced by Aberdeen City Council.

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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.

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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.

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Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nick Hewer to leave The Apprentice

Lord Sugar's adviser on The Apprentice Nick Hewer announces he is to leave the BBC One show after a decade.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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China revises up 2013 economy size

China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.

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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.

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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.

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The people working on Christmas Day

While most of us will be relaxing on Christmas Day, spare a thought for the many people who will be working.

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Building the biggest baby food firm

How Paul Lindley, the boss of Ella's Kitchen, built up the UK's largest baby food business.

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Unwrapping Africa's red tape

Malawian business tycoon Mike Mlombwa tells the BBC how to deal with red tape and stay on the right side of the law when doing business.

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Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt

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

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SPFL withholds Gers cash over EBTs

The SPFL is to withhold £250,000 due to Rangers for broadcast fees to cover a fine relating to employee benefit trusts.

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Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint

Fifa dismisses a complaint from its own World Cup corruption investigator Michael Garcia as well as two whistleblowers.

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VIDEO: Beefing up Botswana's cattle farming

With some experts forecasting the diminution of diamond reserves in as little as 20 years, Botswana must look to diversify its export industry.

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VIDEO: Monocle eyes rapid Asian expansion

Monocle Magazine is a niche product selling just 18,000 copies a year, but it is aiming to rapidly increase sales in Asia with a new audience of high-end readers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VIDEO: Myanmar turns to pop-up power

Myanmar, also known as Burma, is trying out fast track power generation, putting gas generators into re-used shipping containers.

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VIDEO: India splashes out on art biennale

Kochi in India is hosting its second art biennale despite criticism the city can't afford to lavish so much money on the arts.

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Remembering the InterCity 125

Interactive video remembering the InterCity 125

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How German Christmas markets came to the UK

How German markets have exploded across the UK

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The firm that tests the world's ships

The Norwegian firm that tests the world's ships and oil rigs

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Tough at the top: 2014's troubled bosses

The leading bosses who had a rotten 2014

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Digging for diversity in Botswana

Botswana's plans to move away from a reliance on diamonds

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Crossrail: Tunnelling beneath London

A rare look into how Crossrail is taking shape below London

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How to spot a fake at Christmas

On the seasonal lookout for counterfeit goods

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Budapest's underground escape craze

The escape games taking Hungary by storm

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Global debt: How worried should we be?

How worried should we be?

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How are Venezuelans coping with tumbling oil prices?

How Venezuelans are affected by falling oil prices

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