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BBC News - Business - UK Edition 

Barclays wins pay package vote

Barclays shareholders vote to approve the bank's remuneration package, which includes higher bonuses despite a 30% fall in profits.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Cost of recalls hits GM profits

General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches

Post Office staff agree pay deal

The postal union, the CWU, says it's secured a pay deal covering more than 3,000 staff at Crown Post Offices worth up to 7.3% over 3 years.

UK car production rises in March

UK carmakers increased production in March, helped by demand from Europe and after a number of firms finished upgrading their plants.

Rogues 'using Green Deal as cover'

Con artists are using the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme as cover to cheat cash out of householders, Citizens Advice has claimed.

US seeks e-cigarette restrictions

The US Food and Drug Administration is seeking minimum age restrictions and warnings on e-cigarettes because of uncertainties over their impact on health.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads

Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.

Unison to ballot over 1% pay offer

Unison is to ballot local government workers and school staff in England for strikes after members rejected a 1% pay offer, the union says.

Apple profits beat expectations

Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.

Further IT problems for Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank, a subsidiary of RBS, reports problems with its computer systems, as some customers are debited twice for cash machine withdrawals.

Alstom shares jump on GE bid report

Shares in French engineering company Alstom jump after a report that US multinational General Electric is in talks to buy Alstom for $13bn.

Governments clash over pension costs

The Scottish government disputes UK government claims about future pension costs in an independent Scotland.

AstraZeneca hit by patent expiries

AstraZeneca posts a drop in first quarter profits but does not comment on reports that it received a takeover approach from US firm Pfizer.

Hovis owner Premier sees sales drop

The owner of Hovis and Mr Kipling cakes, Premier Foods, reports a drop of more than 6% in first quarter sales.

London Market Report

Well-received updates from AstraZeneca and Anglo American help to push the FTSE 100 higher.

Monster Inc: Nessie advice for firms

Businesses in the Highlands have been offered free advice on how they can cash in on the Loch Ness Monster myth.

Small print 'longer than a novel'

Small print on some car insurance policies has a higher word count than George Orwell's novel Animal Farm, a consumer website has found.

Tuition-fee change savings 'unclear'

A study says the public cost of higher university fees and loans is "highly uncertain" and depends on how much future graduates will earn.

Property sales continue to pick up

UK property sales were 19% higher in March than the same month a year ago as buyers continued to return to the market, figures show.

Danger of London's 'hidden homes'

Thousands of people in London are living in hidden homes - often in disturbing conditions - because they cannot afford to live elsewhere.

South Korea growth beats forecasts

South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.

UK government hits borrowing target

The UK government borrowed £107.7bn in the financial year to April 2014, lower than the amount it borrowed the previous year.

Portuguese bond yield falls to 3.58%

Portugal's chances of exiting its three-year bailout rose after yields on its 10-year government debt fell sharply to an eight-year low of 3.58% at a bond auction.

Making work more than just a job

Most companies have value statements, but what can chief executives do to ensure they add meaning and are more than rhetoric?

The man who helps Somali firms grow

The BBC's Jane O'Brien profiles US-Somali investor Mohamed Ali, who returns to his African homeland to help businesses to grow and prosper.

Entrepreneurs' highs and lows

Some of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs talk to the BBC about how to succeed - and share some of their biggest mistakes.

Match-fixer arrested in Finland

Convicted football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, officials say.

Rangers' finances fragile - Easdale

Rangers are in a "fragile" financial state and would not survive a second administration, a club shareholder tells BBC Scotland.

Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.


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