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UK government borrowing falls more than expected

Public sector borrowing fell to £5bn in May, down £2bn from a year earlier, official figures show.

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EU to launch counter-tariffs against US on Friday

The move comes after President Donald Trump imposed steep duties on steel and aluminium in May.

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Heineken's Amstel and Smiths beer hit by CO₂ supply shortage

Carbon dioxide supply problems could leave fans toasting the World Cup feeling flat.

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Siemens UK boss says no-deal Brexit does not look good

Juergen Maier says planning for Brexit is hard because the firm does not know what it is planning for.

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'Disastrous' copyright bill vote approved

Critics call it a "dark day" as an EU committee adopts two controversial changes to copyright law.

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UK economy faces weakest growth since 2009, employers warn

The British Chambers of Commerce says that the UK economy could see its weakest year since 2009.

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Chinese media mock Trump over tariffs

The US plans to impose tariffs on Chinese goods draw mocking criticism from the state news agency.

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China vows fast response to US tariffs

China will respond quickly to protect itself if the US hurts its interests, Beijing says.

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ECB to end crisis-era stimulus programme in December

The European Central Bank says it will end its €2.5tn bond-buying programme in December.

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Royal wedding and hot weather boost retail sales

Retail sales grew much faster than expected last month, as the wedding and sunny weather helped spending.

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Federal Reserve raises interest rates

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says higher rates are appropriate since the US economy is in "great shape".

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Rising fuel prices spur inflation in May

Petrol and diesel prices rose at the fastest monthly rate since January 2011.

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Are we in for a beer shortage this summer?

Why beer, fizzy drinks and meat could be in short supply this summer in the UK.

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The personal stylists helping out-of-work women

Smart Works charity offers styling and interview coaching for women who are struggling to find work.

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Transforming Asia's skylines

The architect behind some of Asia's most spectacular new buildings discusses his designs.

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Think about your customers' needs from the start

Medical app designer: to get your business off the ground quickly, think about your customers' needs right from the start.

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Aero engine-maker Rolls-Royce to slash 4,600 jobs

"A shame for Derby", as Rolls-Royce announces thousands of jobs will go at its headquarters in the city.

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This car is on Autopilot. What happens next?

Semi-autonomous vehicles, which can partly drive themselves, are already on our roads. But experts are worried that drivers don't understand what they can do.

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Bikes and bourbon

As the European Union plans to introduce retaliatory tariffs against the US, we take a closer look at its tactics.

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Pitching in

The World Cup in Russia may be the last for some time to be staged solely in one country.

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Protectionist racket?

The EU is not the freest trader, but on many measures it is near the liberal end of the spectrum.

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Vaping's rise in five charts

Spending on e-cigarettes is increasing. The BBC looks at what's behind the rise.

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Sartorial spat

The US has imposed tariffs on Rwanda over an obscure import: Second-hand clothes.

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China worries

Washington is worried about Chinese investors. Is the rest of America?

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Cleaning up

Tips for the new financial year including selling clutter and finding out how much your pension is worth.

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What next for Trump trade?

Some believe the president's confrontational approach could reverse decades of trade liberalisation.

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Baby steps

How Mexican entrepreneur Ixchel Anaya launched a reusable nappies business that exports around the globe.

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Sending home

The money sent home by migrant workers is relied up on by schools in El Salvador

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Model citizens

China's tech transformation proceeds apace, but with it comes more digital monitoring and control.

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Career conversion

When a serious knee injury ended Greg Cox's rugby career, it set him on the path to becoming a multi-millionaire entrepreneur.

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Nuclear fallout

Seven years after a nuclear meltdown rocked the world's third largest economy, we speak to those still dealing with the devastation.

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Hot dogs

Weekly spending on UK pets has risen by 31% in two years. Here are some of the more unusual wares on sale at Crufts.

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Say what?

BBC readers share their worst examples of business jargon following our piece on Davos language.

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A political Fed

As Jerome Powell prepares to take over the Federal Reserve, is the era of central bank independence ending?

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Plastic fantastic

The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.

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Global leader

The interest rate set by America's central bank, the US Federal Reserve, is one of the key levers of the global economy.

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Budget 2017: Hammond loosens his belt

The chancellor loosens the public finances envelope as the economy stutters.

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Change makers

How people fleeing South Sudan have managed to create work – for themselves and others – in their new home of Uganda.

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Unlocking trillions

One leading economist says it could release trillions of dollars of so-called "dead capital".

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Managing the managers

Why hire a manager and then hire someone else to tell them how to do their job?

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Crowded island

An explosion in tourism has saved Iceland's economy. But in a country of just 300,000 people, how much tourism is too much?

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Balancing the books

The father of double-entry bookkeeping wrote the definitive guide in 1494.

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Wine on the edge

How Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie is able to make award-winning wines, despite winter temperatures so cold it can kill his vines.

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Health risks

Health risks and job losses are among the harms many in China face in the push for economic change.

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No-belle prize

Just 13% of US academic economists are women - and only one has won the Nobel Prize in economics. Why are women so under-represented in the profession?

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Have you been nudged?

Five ways the theory behind this year's Nobel prize for economics may have influenced your behaviour.

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What do we want?

Asking customers what they wanted profoundly changed how retailers sold their goods.

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Brass in pocket?

A rise in interest rates would be good news for savers, but bad for borrowers. How would a rise of 0.25% affect you?

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UK trade

Theresa May says trade should continue as it is for two years post-Brexit – but what do the UK’s trading relationships look like at the moment?

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Not so fantastic?

Cheap plastic has become ubiquitous, but we need to get better at recycling it.

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Success story

Without it, companies in the sharing economy might not have grown as successfully as they have.

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Northern Rock

The collapse of Northern Rock: Ten years on

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Creative currency

The value of modern currency comes not from what it's made of, but what we all agree it's worth.

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Money machines

Could low-cost automated financial advice help close the massive retirement savings gap?

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Cheers to that

The English wine making industry is growing, but could it ever threaten the dominant European producers?

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Limiting liability

The limited liability company has been described as "the greatest single discovery of modern times”.

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Sterling sense

Buying foreign currency is both easier and more challenging than in the past.

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Banking bonanza

Many of Europe's largest banks have already announced their intention to relocate jobs to Frankfurt as Brexit talks go on.

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Poisonous progress

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

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Mixed picture

More than half of the 160 BHS stores that closed after it went into administration a year ago are still empty, says new research.

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