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BBC News - Business - UK Edition 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North Sea oil fears 'too dramatic'

A leading figure in the UK's oil industry, Sir Ian Wood, tells the BBC warnings the industry is close to collapse are overstating the problem.

London shares buoyed by Wall Street

London's benchmark index closes 1.2% higher on Friday, building on Thursday's sharp rise.

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.

Belarus moves to protect currency

Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

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.

Trade deal protest falls on deaf ears

Anti-trade deal protesters vent their anger in Brussels but EU leaders have already gone home.

HK tycoon found guilty of corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.

Thai tuna firm buys US rival

The world's largest canned tuna producer Thai Union Frozen Products is buying US rival Bumble Bee Foods for $1.5bn (£96m).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Retail sales boosted by Black Friday

UK retail sales rose at their fastest annual rate in more than 10 years in November, thanks to the effects of Black Friday.

Putin seeks to ease economic fears

President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.

US Fed 'patient' over rate rises

US Federal Reserve says it will be "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates, with most analysts expecting a rise in mid-2015.

Fall in oil prices 'temporary'

Recent falls in the price of oil are likely to be temporary, says the oil minister for Saudi Arabia, Opec's biggest producing nation.

Building the biggest baby food firm

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

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.

The value of celebrity endorsements

A growing number of small firms are boosting sales thanks to securing celebrity endorsements, but doing a deal with a famous figure doesn't necessarily guarantee success.

Hereford Utd wound up over tax debt

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

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.

Fifa dismisses Garcia complaint

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

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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