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Is this America's most hated family?

10:01 PM 22/03/2019

Purdue Pharma has generated billions for the family that own it from selling controversial painkiller opioids.

Is Apple about to expand its TV business?

09:58 PM 22/03/2019

With iPhone sales slowing, could the tech giant be about to announce a move into subscription TV?

Global markets fall amid slowdown fears

09:07 PM 22/03/2019

The FTSE 100 saw its worst day of trading this year, while US stock markets have also fallen sharply.

Sainsbury's and Asda offer to sell supermarkets to merge

02:19 PM 22/03/2019

The chains tell the UK competition watchdog they would sell up to 150 supermarkets to be able to merge.

Debenhams seeks £200m in new funds

01:25 PM 22/03/2019

The struggling department store chain is trying to fend off overtures from Sports Direct's Mike Ashley.

Social status quiz for civil service job applicants

05:37 PM 22/03/2019

Civil service chiefs are asking staff how working class they think they are to make recruitment fairer.

Autonomous shuttle to be tested in New York City

02:46 PM 22/03/2019

The self-driving shuttle will be available to workers at a large site in Brooklyn.

Food Crime Unit pledges tougher action on food fraud

11:44 AM 22/03/2019

From peanuts in your pesto to mislabelled fish, food fraudsters are now in the spotlight.

Train punctuality standards to be tightened

08:35 AM 22/03/2019

Train times will be recorded to the minute at every stop in an attempt to improve train punctuality.

Thomas Cook to close 21 stores and cut jobs

12:23 PM 22/03/2019

The travel firm is cutting more than 300 roles as it closes 21 stores across the country.

Garuda looks to scrap Boeing 737 Max 8 order after crashes

06:02 AM 22/03/2019

The airline has asked to cancel an order for 49 jets after the plane was involved in two fatal crashes.

Uber 'picks New York Stock Exchange' for stock listing

02:10 AM 22/03/2019

The firm's public stock offering is expected in the coming months and may be one of the biggest in 2019.

Brexit: Europe's no-deal preparation 'falls short'

09:52 PM 21/03/2019

Business trade groups across Europe warn the European Commission about its own Brexit planning, Newsnight learns.

Tate art galleries shun Sackler money over opioid crisis

10:05 PM 21/03/2019

The art galleries group joins the National Portrait Gallery in turning down money due to opioid links.

Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

06:30 PM 21/03/2019

Developers working for Facebook logged the passwords in plain text as they wrote code for the site.

Levi Strauss shares surge on first day of Wall Street trading

08:51 PM 21/03/2019

The blue jeans firm re-lists on Wall Street as it prepares for expansion and a revival in denim's popularity.

Bank payment scams claim 84,000 victims

11:55 AM 21/03/2019

Banks say scam merchants are shifting their attention to conning members of the public directly.

UK interest rates on hold amid Brexit impasse

02:30 PM 21/03/2019

Bank of England says the outlook will depend "significantly on the nature and timing of EU withdrawal".

Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner site closures agreed

03:11 PM 21/03/2019

Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner will close 27 of their 87 restaurants in a restructuring plan.

Six new cars rated 'poor' for security in theft-risk survey

03:54 PM 21/03/2019

The theft-risk report from insurer-funded Thatcham Research looks at keyless entry cars.

Brexit fears boost British tourism

10:14 PM 22/03/2019

Uncertainty over Brexit is prompting a surge in bookings for British holidays this year.

'Pink tax': Should personal care products for women cost more?

12:22 AM 22/03/2019

Should personal care products marketed to women cost more? And is there actually any difference?

KFC's UK and Ireland boss talks about the day the chicken chain ran out of chicken

12:17 AM 22/03/2019

KFC's UK and Ireland managing director Paula MacKenzie talks about the day the chicken chain ran out of chicken.

Filipino firm Jollibee takes on US fried chicken chains

12:15 AM 22/03/2019

The battle for crispy, deep-fried chicken is on. There is a new kid in town and it is not American.

Why women's jeans are getting higher and higher

06:56 PM 21/03/2019

Levi Strauss boss Chip Bergh talks women's jeans with the BBC's Michelle Fleury.

Future transport: How will we get around in 2050?

12:02 AM 20/03/2019

The push for cleaner air will mean more electric vehicles that are driverless and shared, according to experts.

Would congestion charge work in NYC?

06:07 PM 19/03/2019

New York could follow London by introducing a congestion charge, but will it benefit everyone?

'Don't run before you can walk'

12:11 AM 18/03/2019

"Don't run before you can walk," says tech firm adviser Manish Madhvani - first build your brand.

World's most expensive cities revealed

12:54 PM 19/03/2019

Paris is top in a list of the world's most expensive cities, alongside Hong Kong and Singapore.

Brexit: How will the new tariff system work?

11:53 AM 13/03/2019

What are tariffs and how do they work?

Boom or bust: What culture tells us about money

10:10 PM 22/03/2019

Professor Nicky March picks out some examples from art and literature and explains what they tell us.

How do you know where your olive oil really comes from?

12:13 AM 22/03/2019

New technologies are helping track the provenance of food throughout the supply chain.

How a bookshop wolf handles awkward customers

12:12 AM 22/03/2019

If you've ever worked in customer service, this comic might resonate

Chinese imports 'driving fishermen to despair'

12:09 AM 21/03/2019

Kenya's Lake Victoria fishermen are struggling to compete with cheap Chinese fish imports.

'Corruption in Ukraine has to be stopped'

12:01 AM 20/03/2019

Corruption is the "number one problem" in Ukraine, MP Sergey Leshchenko tells the BBC's Ed Butler.

The UK's richest man bailing out Team Sky

02:56 PM 19/03/2019

The UK's richest man, and now owner of a cycling team, has built a multi-billion pound business by buying unloved assets.

Why are Venezuelans seeking refuge in crypto-currencies?

12:05 AM 19/03/2019

As Venezuela staggers under political and economic crises, its citizens are embracing digital money.

Exam failure who became a multi-millionaire hotelier

12:06 AM 18/03/2019

When Robin Hutson failed his school exams he went into the hotel industry instead, and made his fortune.

Mopping up Dieselgate: The boss transforming Volkswagen

12:21 AM 17/03/2019

Hiltrud Werner is the only woman on the board of the troubled German car giant.

AI and spices: Would you put cumin on a pizza?

12:06 AM 15/03/2019

How AI is helping to come up with new weird and wonderful spice combinations.

Ethiopian Airlines probe: What do we know?

09:13 PM 14/03/2019

The race is on for investigators to find answers about what happened to the Boeing 737 Max-8 plane.

Boeing grounded: What it means for air travel

04:44 AM 14/03/2019

Countries and airlines around the world have grounded Boeing 737 Max flights over safety concerns.

Classic car industry fears Trump and Brexit roadblock

12:05 AM 14/03/2019

Classic car sales have slowed sharply, as President Trump ponders tariffs and Brexit hits confidence.

Do supermarkets know more about us than we do?

01:14 AM 12/03/2019

Product loyalty is not solely based on value, quality or choice but also on personal attachment, studies suggest.

Meet Tengai, the interview robot who won't judge you

01:10 AM 12/03/2019

Employers can make unconscious - and unfair - judgements about interviewees within a few seconds.

How I'm preparing for a no-deal Brexit

10:18 AM 11/03/2019

In a big week for Brexit small business owners share how they're preparing for the possibility of no deal.

‘I sold my wedding presents to set up my company’

12:15 AM 11/03/2019

How tech firm Twilio was able to survive the global financial crisis and grow into a $14bn business.

Brexit: 10 ways you could be affected by no-deal

04:18 PM 22/03/2019

From your weekly shop to your holiday plans, how could a no-deal Brexit affect you?

What do we know about the Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft?

02:44 PM 10/03/2019

The Ethiopian Airlines tragedy is the second fatal crash involving the new type of Boeing aircraft.

Wonky spud vodka couple eye export market

12:33 AM 11/03/2019

A potato-farming couple are hoping to sell their vodka to overseas markets like the US and Middle East.

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