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Call for 'decently paid' maternity leave
The TUC says that while UK mothers get a relatively good amount of maternity leave, they fare much worse on pay.
RBS and NatWest to shed 158 branches and more than 400 jobs
Rising popularity of online banking prompts the decision to ditch 17% of RBS and 13% of NatWest branches.
State pension age could be raised to 70, says report
Twenty year-olds may have to work till the age of 70, with millions more having to work till 68
Eddie Stobart: Lorry firm targets £550m stock market listing
The haulage firm, known for its green and red lorries, plans to list its shares in London next month.
Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years
The retailer warns of "another tough year ahead" as shoppers shift spending away from clothing.
Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales
Sales rose more than expected last month, but the underlying trend suggests fuel costs are starting to bite.
Next shares leads FTSE 100 higher
Shares in Next climb by 8% despite the company reporting its first fall in profits for eight years.
Energy price cap implications ominous, former regulators say
The warning from former regulators comes amid speculation ministers may cap prices on standard tariffs.
Kenya starts selling bonds via mobile phones
Kenya is the first country to sell government bonds exclusively to citizens via their phones.
Apple 'paid no tax' in New Zealand for at least a decade
Apple is under scrutiny following reports it has paid no tax in New Zealand since 2007.
Brexit: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary'
Author of a report argues that no trade deal is better than a bad deal with the EU.
Kids and meditation - it's a business, of course
We find out why some parents in Asia are paying for meditation classes in the hope their kids will cope better at school and in life.
'We're looking for business deals outside Europe'
The director of a safety footwear company says the firm is focusing on new deals outside Europe.
Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket?
The average price of an item at Nifties in Dover is 60p.
'I am very confident we can find a good trade deal'
Cecile Reinaud runs Seraphine, a London-based maternity wear company. She is on an export drive and is hopeful about the post-Brexit trade deals to be struck.
Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy'
Handbag designer Claudia Fürst is moving her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound.
Texas cattle rancher fears for future
Rancher Coleman Locke is concerned farmers like him could lose out if the US renegotiates Nafta.
No major currency problem for Scotland, says Mervyn King
"Scotland certainly could be an independent country", says former governor of the Bank of England.
Google boss says sorry for extremist content
Google's European boss apologises for brands appearing next to extremist content that they didn't feel comfortable with.
Bank cheques to be cleared within a day
From October 2017, cheques will start to clear much faster than the current six days' waiting time.
Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'
A social media firm was among two companies targeted in an email phishing scam, officials say.
Theo Leggett examines what changes new owners Liberty Media might bring in to re-energise Formula 1.
Ads in your eye
How new technologies are transforming outdoor advertising.
What Next for shops?
Next - like its rivals - is battling many problems - unlike them it has spelt them out in full.
A look at how the seed of a South American tree is increasingly being used as an alternative to ivory.
How much data do you give away during your average day in the city?
How many countries?
We track a single item of clothing to see just where it goes before it ends up in the shop.
Everyone has to tackle their fears. Adventurer Bear Grylls explains how he tackles his own self-doubt.
Trouble on the ranch
America's rural heavily supported Donald Trump in the election, but now some are starting to worry his trade plans could hurt their business.
The technology behemoth Google may be in the spotlight with concerns over adverts ending up on extremist websites, but the wider UK advertising industry itself is facing numerous other challenges.
Fake data threat
Not all cyber-attacks are about theft, some seek to undermine the trust placed in data and documents.
CPIH is about to become the headline measure of inflation, but it's not a proper national statistic.
The feuding family members who built up South Korea's Lotte Group empire are reunited in court.
'Out of control'
Australian Jessica May overcame acute anxiety by setting up a recruitment firm for people with mental and physical disabilities.
Gamblers and insurers both place bets on the future, so how do they compare?
Any old Joe
Joe Gordon, boss of telephone and online bank First Direct has just two years' experience in banking.
Using robotic carers and nurses to help the elderly could ease strains on the global healthcare system.
Vote of confidence
Toyota's decision to invest £240m in its UK operations will be welcome news for the UK car industry.
The US central bank takes another step towards ending the exceptional response prompted by the financial crisis.
'No sex, no politics'
Etiquette experts and business coaches guide us through the minefield that is the business lunch.
Could global trade in vegetable oil be to blame for our growing obesity crisis?
How many people will now pay less National Insurance as a result of the chancellor's change of heart?
When Romania stopped cheating in its exams, it revealed the scale of the social gap in its school system.