Sefton’s oil wells in Kansas produced only nine barrels of oil a day

Take AIM, fire! The former armed robber unmasked as oil firm's boss

The small companies market has had its share of colourful listings – but none more so than Sefton Resources, whose former executive chairman has boasted of being No5 on the National Crime Squad’s ‘most wanted’ list

Face recognition software is already widely used in banking and online

Facial recognition software: who will watch the watchers?

Facebook claims its biometric tagging of photographs helps users, but privacy advocates say that there is potential for abuse

Puerto Rico has an outstanding debt of $72bn. Economists say the country should shrink the size of the state rather than default on repayments

Sack Puerto Rico's teachers? A new low for hedge funds

As the Caribbean island struggles to service a debt mountain, its creditors are demanding drastic measures that would impoverish it even more

Amazon have just launched their new streaming service in the UK

As Amazon moves into streaming, what difference does it make?

Jeff Bezos says his Prime service is 'the best bargain in the history of shopping'. Ian Burrell wonders whether British listeners will agree

Apple has accumulated piles of cash – how should it spend it?

Are shareholders taking too big a bite of the profits apple?

The Bank of England’s chief economist is the latest to warn that companies’ dividend payouts are too high while investment is too low

An artist’s impression of the pool at the Versace development in south London – the building on the banks of the Thames is due to be finished by 2020

A marriage made in luxury: Will Versace's designer-branded residential tower work in London?

Versace's residential tower in London is the latest major tie-up between high fashion and high-end property. But how does each partner benefit?

Guardians of the junior stock market try to avoid own goals

'Nomads' are in short supply on the Alternative Investment Market because brokers are putting their reputations above money

New apps are being designed so shoppers can see offers or check product information on their mobiles in store

Going shopping? Remember to take your smartphone with you

Retailers used to be worried about 'showrooming' – when customers would look at merchandise in-store, but buy it cheaper online. But now they are developing new apps to help buyers navigate their way round the store

Losing its shine? The precious metal has previously been a good bet in turbulent times

Mystery of the great gold sell-off

Five tonnes of gold were dumped on the Shanghai exchange yesterday, pushing the price to its lowest since 2010. Has this safe haven had its day? Russell Lynch reports

John Dixon, Belinda Earl, Frances Russell and Marc Bolland at the unveiling of Marks &Spencer's Autumn/Winter Collection

Marks & Spencer's: Marc Bolland has kept the City happy. Customers may be another story

The departure of the non-food boss has thrown the spotlight once again on a chief executive whose survival  is a mystery to other retailers. Simon Neville reports on a very private man and a company struggling to stay relevant

SSE is closing its coal-fired Ferrybridge power station

Britain's lack of power generates fears over keeping the lights on

National Grid is bringing in £36m-worth of contingency measures to avoid blackouts this winter as the closure of the UK's ageing power plants means demand for electricity could easily exceed generating capacity

While Iran still has vast reserves, some fields will need Western technology to fully exploit resources

Iran nuclear deal: Oil majors have already started the scramble to tap the country's rich resources

With prices falling and equipment issues raised, post-sanctions investment might be risky. But it may prove irresistible...

The Week Ahead: Plus500 and Aer Lingus investors will hear the fate of takeover bids

Thursday is D-day for Plus500 and Aer Lingus as shareholders of the two companies discover the fates of takeover bids.

A cashback offer could give easyJet customers a soft financial landing

Bargain Hunter: Sky broadcasts a 'free' offer on Fibre broadband and Quidco offers cashback on all easyJet bookings

Sky is offering its Sky Fibre broadband – which normally costs £10 a month – free for 12 months. The offer is available to anyone switching to Sky Fibre when they take Sky line rental. The company says the one-year contract means there is no obligation beyond the free period.

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