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Barclays full-year profits almost treble to £3.2bn
"Strong progress" in restructuring helps the bank to report profits of £3.2bn.

British Gas says competition has hit profits
The UK's largest energy supplier says there is no need for further intervention in the market.

Carlos Ghosn refocuses Nissan role
'Time is right' to step away from running Nissan to focus on Renault and Mitsubishi alliances.

First Trust to close half its Northern Ireland branches
Up to 130 jobs are at risk as the bank announces half its NI branches will close within months.

Qantas profits buffeted by competition headwinds
Shares in the Australian airline jump 5% despite posting lower half-year profits.

Lloyds reports highest profit in decade
Lloyds Banking Group, nearly 5% owned by the taxpayer, sees profits rise on lower PPI provisions.

Gig economy chiefs defend business model
Bosses from Uber, and Deliveroo say offering more employment rights would harm them.

Military plane cost hits Airbus profits
Annual profits slump at the aircraft maker following another big charge on its military cargo plane.

Thousands of firms sued for rate arrears
New research suggests that thousands of businesses across England and Wales were taken to magistrates courts last year for non payment of their business rates.

Church potentially 'lost thousands' after HSBC closed its account
A church in Hertfordshire says it lost money after HSBC closed its bank account for two weeks.

RWE forced to scrap dividend again
The German parent company of UK energy firm Npower suffers writedowns on its power plants.

Airlines told to pay flight compensation
Five airlines that fly into Europe have been told they must pay compensation to passengers for delays.

Verizon and Yahoo agree $350m price cut
Verizon cuts the price it will pay for Yahoo's core internet business following two huge cyber attacks.

HSBC shares slide after 62% profit fall
One-off charges, including pulling out of Brazil, hit the global banking giant's annual results.

Miners boosted by commodity prices
Rising commodity prices help two of the world's biggest mining companies report strong profits.

Brexit: Barclays 'committed to London'
Barclays is making plans in case the UK loses access to the EU single market after Brexit, but is committed to London, chief executive Jes Staley says.

'Glamour and disability can mix'
Hulya Arif is one of a number of disabled women breaking into the beauty business.

British Gas boss: 'We no longer have highest prices'
Iain Conn, chief executive of British Gas owner Centrica, say it's a challenging time but the firm is well valued in terms of its pricing.

How many dumplings can one food truck sell?
Does running a food truck in Hong Kong make financial sense - and is the food good value for customers?

Branching out to grow Christmas trees, despite my accident
Forester Clive Collins was determined to keep working after breaking his back, following his dream to run a Christmas tree farm.

'I wondered if I just wasn't good enough'
Tom Cowley, who is autistic, dreamt of creating computer games, but struggled to find employment. But now an IT firm is harnessing the unique qualities of autistic people.

Supermarket sourcing
Importing food is getting more expensive so why don't UK supermarkets get more of their supplies from home?

Do firms really need one person in charge? Staff at Swedish firm Crisp explain why they decided to bin the boss.

Cool, Iceland?!
Iceland is the UK's favourite online supermarket, says consumer group Which? so is it now "cool"?

In focus
Will a merger of Essilor and Luxottica be too big for the public good?

Not stale
How tapping into a growing middle class in emerging markets saw Tupperware Brands go from failing to a global phenomenon.

Too big to fail?
Spotify may be "too big to fail", according to Billboard magazine, but the clock is ticking as the company hatches its plans to go public.

Natural selection?
With French owner L'Oreal wanting to put The Body Shop up for sale, BBC News asks what's gone wrong at the UK cosmetics chain?

'I still believe in it'
How Isabel Ettedgui is single-handedly trying to revive century-old leather brand Connolly.

Not a done deal
Some members of the Aslef union say they are unhappy with a deal to avert strike action at Southern rail.

Flip-flopping shoppers
Data shows declining sales on the High Street due to the abandonment of seasonal shopping patterns.

Sears' sorrows
Sears operates some of America's best-known department stores but it is facing a crisis that has put its future in doubt.

HBOS fraud trial
With senior bankers accused of fraud and hiding the proceeds of crime, this case is extraordinary, writes Andy Verity.

Fashion icon
Maria Grazia Chiuri is the first female creative head at Christian Dior. Sidney Toledano, the boss of the fashion house, tells the BBC why it's time for a change.

Making a mark
Donald Trump tweets support or disdain for certain companies: but what effect do his comments have?

M&S: Good news finally?
After years of decline, Marks and Spencer has reported rising clothing sales. Has M&S cracked it?

Jingle tills
How merry a Christmas was it for the retail sector and where was the festive cheer felt the most?

Changing direction
It has been a year when the global car industry's race in to a new technological era hit top gear.

Smell the difference
Even though UK banks are set to close hundreds of branches in 2017, the banks are investing millions in new formats, including buildings with pleasant aromas.

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