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Business Live: 4 May
…The latest business news and analysis as it happens…


Business Live: FTSE 100 closes under 6,200 points
…Insolvency Service to probe BHS collapse. Manufacturing sector contracts in April. Australia cuts interest rates to a new record low. Lufthansa reports €8m net loss for first quarter…


'Tips should go to service staff' - Business Secretary
…the money goes to service staff and that the whole process is more transparent. It follows major criticism of some restaurant chains for failing to pass on tips to their waiters. BBC Business


Leaders discuss business rates on Holyrood campaign trail
business rates, but would retain the small business bonus scheme. The Scottish Labour leader said: "I'm travelling the country just now speaking to businesses all the time and the number one thing…


Johnson group buys Afonwen laundry business for £52.6m
business. "The addition of Afonwen significantly strengthens our quality and service offering within the high volume hotel linen sector," said JSG chief executive Chris Sander. "I have known Afonwen…


Business Live: Wednesday 27 April
…US Federal Reserve holds interest rates. Former BHS owner preparing bid. UK GDP slows to 0.4% in the first quarter. Barclays reports 25% slump in first quarter profits. Home Retail Group reports £804m…


Stay or go? Small business views on the EU referendum
…overwhelming majority of businesses in the UK, 99.9%, are considered 'small and medium sized enterprises' or SMEs. On the ground In the light of this, the BBC's Economics and Business Unit wanted to…


Facebook profits triple: Shares jump as business grows
…Facebook shares have jumped after reporting a tripling of first quarter profits from a year earlier. The number of users is continuing to grow, particularly on smartphones, and advertisers are…


Business Live: FTSE 100 in second straight week of losses
…Low oil prices hit profits at ExxonMobil. Construction firms agree blacklisting settlement. Eurozone economic recovery gathers pace. Government dividend payment keeps RBS in the red. Brussels terror…


Business Live: RBS shares sink on Williams & Glyn news
…US economic growth slows to 0.5%. Sajid Javid says Tata Steel pension liabilities deter buyers. WPP's Sir Martin Sorrell defends pay. Average house price growth slows in April. Lloyds Bank quarterly…