Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker

Qatar Airways buys $1.7bn stake in BA owner IAG: Who are the Qataris?

A closer look at some of Qatar's customs and work practices

In with a shout: the auction includes rights to 168 Premier League matches, including – for the first time – Friday night games

Going for goal: the live football TV battle

Next week’s auction for the rights to broadcast Premier League games could see bids hit £5bn. Nick Goodway reports on the corporate players

The profit margin on an iPhone 6 could be as high as 69 per cent

Apple's iPhone: The most profitable product in history

Soaring sales have given the tech giant its most lucrative trading quarter ever. Oscar Williams-Grut reports on the genesis of the world's favourite handset

Once you go Apple, you rarely go back

How Apple became so successful that its total revenue is bigger than the GDP of some countries

The tech firm has recorded the biggest quarterly profits ever made by a public company

Oil prices are at a six-year low but could pick up, analysts say

Tips on how to catch a falling knife

Russia is in trouble, Greece's future hangs by a thread and oil is tanking. Yet could now be a good time to buy into these markets?

Toilet paper rolls in the US are steadily shrinking. This is why

However, consumers are still paying the same price

Sir Philip Green’s BHS could disappear from the high street after the billionaire owner revealed that the iconic department store chain is for sale

BHS: Does the British department store have a future?

As Sir Philip Green puts BHS on the market, Alex Lawson looks at whether general high street retailers are still viable

Newspapers featuring Alexis Tsipras, leader of the victorious Syriza, in Athens yesterday (AP)

Greek economy may recover faster than we think

The pain of a Grexit would be relatively short-lived, some think

A woman waves a Greek flag during a speech by the leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras outside Athens University Headquarters

Greece elections: Who are Syriza and what effect will their new government have on Europe?

The party has formed a coalition government since winning Sunday's election

The Week Ahead: Markets will be jittery until the effects of the Greek vote become clear

Events on the continent look likely to overshadow the City this week, as the result of the Greek election filters through. The leftist Syriza party won the vote, but Credit Suisse says: “Full political clarity will likely emerge much later – possibly taking months and not just weeks.” Investors fear that Syriza could push for a Greek exit from the eurozone, throwing the union into turmoil. Until the implications of the vote are clear, markets are likely to remain jittery.

Customers flocked to buy the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus when it was launched in Hong Kong last September, despite criticism of the products

Taking a big bite from the Apple

Tim Cook has been awarded a 40 per cent pay rise. Angela Ahrendts enjoys a $73m package. But are Cupertino’s top team really worth such stellar sums?

Barclays’ New York office is being pursued by state prosecutors who say it failed to police its dark pools

Dark pools: What's going on inside the secret stock exchanges?

Barclays is accused by New York regulators of fishing in some unethical waters. But this time the bank is holding its course

Mike Ashley, owner of Newcastle United, took USC into a pre-pack administration

Mike Ashley wields his iron fist once more at USC

A factory stand-off. Debts unpaid. Workers laid off. Simon Neville investigates the messy demise of the billionaire's fashion brand

Squirrelling away for a rainy day may not be proving very fruitful

The high street bank rip off continues

Lenders are still taking advantage of ordinary savings customers, the City watchdog has found

The wealth that failed to trickle down: The rich do get richer while poor stay poor, report suggests

The free-market right promised cutting taxes for the wealthy would make us all better off. But new research suggests that when the rich get richer, the poor stay poor

Princess Anne talks to Anthony Constantinou at the London Boat Show
Anthony Constantinou’s infancy was shattered by tragedy, but he went on to build a multimillion-pound City of London  business. Yet now the shadow of the law hangs over the boss of Capital World Markets, reports Jim Armitage
USC was put into administration by Sports Direct and was bought back immediately also by Sports Direct, with its £15.3m debts to staff, suppliers and landlords wiped clear
We’ve known for a while that Sports Direct sails close to the wind in terms of its business practices. After the performance of its chairman, James Moore says a more apt metaphor might be that it has been dancing with a hurricane
Ben Chu has the answers
MP Stella Creasy
Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
History has shown that if you propose even a modest reform to the UK’s pension market you’re guaranteed a migraine from the bellyaching, notes James Moore
Ticket signs at Victoria Station on January 2, 2015 in London, England. Increased rail fares averaging 2.5% come into effect today, pushing the cost of some commuters annual rail fares to more than �5,000. Earlier this week, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said that he would not be receiving his annual bonus because of the major rail disruption passengers faced over the Christmas period, which was caused by engineering works that overran.
Far from relieving the pressure on trains, the 16 per cent increase in seats might not even be enough to cope with the growth in passenger numbers, says James Moore
The story of Georgiou’s alleged fraud snugly fits the victim narrative so beloved of the country’s government, says Jim Armitage
The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
Could pension providers’ loss be small businesses’ gain? David Prosser finds out
George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
No ifs or buts, says David Blanchflower: last week’s mean-spirited heartless roller-coaster Budget was designed to smash the state and make the poor poorer.
What a shame that Next doesn’t do more to share that success with its employees, says James Moore
Spring breakers enjoy a pool party – but some fear that university debt will soon cripple the US economy
The cost of going to college has fuelled a $1.3trn debt bubble that some experts fear could burst just like the subprime mortgage one did. Andrew Dewson reports on how a degree may no longer be the route to an affluent lifestyle in the US
Now that George Osborne has finished throwing his confetti of numbers down the aisle of the House of Commons in an attempt to prolong his marriage with a weary nation’s finances, James Moore asks an important question: do they add up?
People queue at a currency exchange office in Geneva on 15 January, after the shock move by Switzerland’s central bank
The spread-betting giant IG has admitted that it may never claw back most of the £18m lost by its clients after the Swiss scrapped their currency ceiling – and now its credit controls are under scrutiny. Russell Lynch investigates
George Osborne will present his sixth Budget on Tuesday
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James Moore: it says a lot about the supermarket sector that Sainsbury’s reporting a 1.9 per cent fall in sales at stores open at least a year is being viewed as a good result
Follow financial markets for long enough and you’ll realise once-in-a-lifetime events are more common than people would have you believe, says James Moore
Surviving children stand to save an extra £140,000 on a parent's property up to £2 million - which will likely go back into the housing market, says Jim Armitage
The report by industry body Oil & Gas UK said that it was vital to secure new investment and address the
Oil demand is likely to remain lacklustre, with economic growth slow in most of the developed world and emerging markets, says Satyajit Das
Sorrell may be of pensionable age but he buzzed with gusto
If crazy pay wasn’t already a part of the election campaign it surely is now, says James Moore
George Osborne, the Chancellor, runs the Treasury
The Chancellor should resist the temptation to fiddle with the tax system, says David Prosser
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Britain's mild winters could be numbered

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Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss
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Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

A new tomb has just gone up in the Middle East's graveyard of US and British political reputations, says Patrick Cockburn
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Countdown to the election: Operation Save Danny Alexander shifts into high gear as the SNP target his Commons seat

Operation Save Danny Alexander shifts into high gear

The Chief Secretary to the Treasury didn’t forget his Highland roots in the Budget. But the SNP is after his Commons seat
The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure

The US is getting frayed at the edges

Public spending on infrastructure is only half of Europe’s, and some say the nation’s very prosperity is threatened, says Rupert Cornwell
Mad Men final episodes: Museum exhibition just part of the hoopla greeting end of 1960s-set TV hit

New Yorkers raise a glass to Mad Men

A museum exhibition is just part of the hoopla greeting the final run of the 1960s-set TV hit
Land speed record: British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

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Housebuilders go back to basics by using traditional methods and materials

Housebuilders go back to basics - throwing mud at the wall until it sticks

Traditional materials are ticking all the construction boxes: they are cheap, green – and anyone can use them
Daniel Brühl: 'When you have success abroad, you become a traitor. Envy is very German'

Daniel Brühl: 'Envy is very German'

He's got stick for his golden acting career and for his beloved restaurant - but Daniel Brühl is staying put in Berlin (where at least the grannies love him)
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Celebrating 100 years of Leica

A new book reveals how this elegant, lightweight box of tricks would transform the way we saw life on the street and in fashion, on the battlefield and across the world