The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Shares in UK water company Severn Trent fall as the deadline passed for a possible takeover bid by a Canadian-led consortium.
Bail out universities not the banks?
Who knows which websites I visited yesterday?
The Supreme Court rules in favour of a Nigerian oil tycoon's wife, in a case that lawyers say could have significant implications for some wealthy divorcing couples.
Wages have fallen more in real terms during the current economic downturn than ever before, according to a report.
A report by oil giant BP highlights that the US saw the largest single year increase in oil production ever recorded in 2012.
Do new controllers mean it's finally time to ditch the gamepad?
European travellers are facing further disruption because of a strike by French air traffic controllers over plans to create a single European airspace
A banking industry body is to change how the key Libor interest rate is set, in order to avoid a repeat of last year's rigging scandal.
UK unemployment falls by 5,000 in the three months to April, partly reversing a recent upward trend, the Office for National Statistics says.
Robert Peston learns to paint on the North Downs in Kent, with the help of PM listener Linda Leroy.
Lettings agents in England charge tenants an average of £350 in fees on top of a deposit and up-front rent, a housing charity has said.
Ofgem sets out new plans to "break the stranglehold" of the big six suppliers in the UK energy market.
Britain's wheat harvest could be a third smaller than it was last year because of extreme weather conditions, the National Farmers' Union warns.
Scottish Football League clubs vote in favour of a proposed merger with the Scottish Premier League.
Network Rail is told by the rail regulator that it must find savings of £2bn over the next five years and improve punctuality on all routes.
Germany's top economic policymakers clash in court, setting out very divergent views on the legality of measures to tackle the eurozone crisis.
Regulators should name and shame businesses which fail to correct bad practices, a charity says, as planned new consumer protection laws are outlined.
A report by the International Labour Organization calls for new regulations to protect an estimated 10.5 million child domestic labourers worldwide.
The European Commission calls for greater information sharing by EU national governments in the fight against tax evasion.