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BBC News - Business - UK Edition 

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.

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.

CBI head defends referendum move

The head of the CBI defends its registration with the Electoral Commission as a backer of the "No" campaign in the Scottish independence referendum.

Kraft recalls 96,000lb of hot dogs

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000lb (43,545kg) of its Oscar Mayer hot dogs in the US because they may have been sold in the wrong packaging.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Giorgio Armani settles tax dispute

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

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.

Barnes & Noble founder offloads $64m

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

Pensioners could get death estimate

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UK housing market 'shows resilience'

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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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