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Banks may be forced to boost reserves

British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.

Russia raises interest rates to 9.5%

Russia's central bank raises interest rates to 9.5% from 8%, a much bigger rise than expected, as it seeks to combat inflation.

Government to 'retire' some WW1 debt

The UK Government has said that it will 'retire' £218m of the UK's £2bn First World War debt by refinancing bonds originally issued by Winston Churchill.

US shares close at record levels

The Dow and S&P 500 close at record levels, helped by a surprise move by the Bank of Japan to boost its stimulus measures.

Former Android boss leaves Google

Andy Rubin steps down from Google, while his former colleague Daniel Graf is demoted at Twitter

Eurozone inflation edges up to 0.4%

Inflation in the eurozone rose slightly in October, giving some hope that the spectre of deflation can be staved off.

BOJ boosts monetary stimulus measure

Japan's central bank, the Bank of Japan, surprises markets by announcing an expansion of its monetary stimulus policy.

RBS reserves £400m for currency probe

Royal Bank of Scotland sets aside £400m to cover potential costs from an investigation into possible manipulation of the foreign exchange market.

FTSE up on bank news and Japan move

The FTSE 100 rises more than 1% as investors breathed a sigh of relief over Bank of England plans for capital reserves and welcomed news of a stimulus boost from the Bank of Japan.

Hungary scraps controversial web tax

Hungary shelves a proposed tax on internet data traffic after tens of thousands of Hungarians marched against it.

BA owner raises profit forecast

The parent company of British Airways, IAG, raises its profit forecast after it reports a 30% increase in third-quarter profits.

Russia-Ukraine deal secures EU gas

Russia will resume gas deliveries to Ukraine this winter in a deal brokered by the European Union, which will also safeguard supplies to EU countries.

Sony reports loss of $1.2bn

Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony reports a net loss for the three months to September of 136bn yen ($1.2bn; £762m).

Citigroup legal costs up by $600m

Investment bank Citigroup puts aside an extra $600m to cover legal expenses due to "rapidly evolving regulatory inquiries".

ANZ bank announces record profit

One of Australia's biggest lenders, ANZ, announces a record full-year net profit of A$7.3bn ($6.4bn, £4bn), up 15% from a year earlier.

Starbucks sales disappoint investors

Starbucks' shares fall as investors express disappointment at the company's latest quarterly sales figures.

Noriega fails to sue Call of Duty

The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, fails in his attempt to sue Activision after a character based on him appeared in a Call of Duty game.

Tesco ATM promises 'free erections'

There's been a rather unfortunate translation error on an ATM outside an Aberystwyth store.

Housing market 'losing momentum'

The UK housing market is showing signs of slowing down, the Nationwide says, with the annual rate of price growth slowing to 9% in October.

Royal Mint bid to woo gold investors

The Royal Mint announces the sale of a series of new, smaller, gold coins in a bid to encourage more people to invest in bullion.

Motorway fuel '£8 a tank dearer'

Filling up at a motorway service station can cost the average motorist an extra £8 a tank compared with elsewhere, the RAC says.

US posts better-than-expected growth

The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.

US Fed ends QE stimulus programme

US Federal Reserve announces an end to the quantitative easing stimulus programme begun in 2008 as economic recovery takes hold.

Singapore 'best place for business'

Singapore is ranked the best country to do business for a ninth consecutive year by the World Bank's annual "Doing Business" report.

Change in China for family succession

Chinese entrepreneurs have typically chosen family members as their successors, but that tradition is now shifting.

Australia's flexible small firms

A growing number of Australian small firms are allowing their staff to work flexibly and are offering unusual benefits, saying it improves both morale and productivity.

The man who built a chocolate empire

Hotel Chocolat co-founder Angus Thirlwell explains how he created a corporate mints provider which he transformed into a chocolate empire.

NFL could give UK 'more than £100m'

A London-based NFL team could be worth more than £100m a year to the UK, according to a new report.

Hearts 'will adopt living wage'

Hearts vow to become the first football club in Scotland - and biggest in the UK - to adopt the living wage.

'Prize money gap needs to be closed'

Men earn more prize money than women in 30% of sports, a BBC Sport study reveals.


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