News The iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012

Iconic British brands sold 425,006 vehicles in 2013 - up 19 per cent on 2012 - and set records in 38 international markets

Doughnut chain expands in UK

The doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is to double its number of UK stores over the next five years as the country's desire for sweet treats grows.

John Denham warning on low skilled jobs

Britain has developed an economy that is "dangerously dependent" on too many low skilled jobs, a Labour politician warned today.

Bin Laden news a boost to global markets

Stock markets around the world received a boost today from the news that Osama bin Laden was dead, with the event also triggering a fall in oil prices.

Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay £13bn for Switzerland's Synthes

Johnson & Johnson has agreed to buy Synthes, the Swiss maker of screws and plates to fix broken bones, for Sfr19bn (£13bn) in the US healthcare giant's biggest-ever acquisition. The deal will boost J&J's orthopaedic business and cushion it from a tide of consumer product recalls and loss of patents on drugs.

China posts rare $1bn trade deficit

China recorded its first quarterly trade deficit since 2004 in the first quarter of this year as domestic growth and rising global commodity prices pushed import costs higher than export values.

Basketball star LeBron James becomes stakeholder in Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed that United States basketball star LeBron James has become a minority stakeholder in the club after signing a deal with club owners Fenway Sports Group.

Cocoa prices edge to 32-year high

Cocoa prices nudged 32-year highs over $3,714 a tonne yesterday after Laurent Gbagbo, the incumbent president, decreed that the state would become the sole purchaser of cocoa in the world's top grower and handle its export.

Strong start of the year for global IPOs

The international market for company listings began the year in buoyant fashion, with the first two months of 2011 seeing more than $25bn raised in 193 deals, according to an Ernst & Young report.

PPL buys E.ON's British power network for £4bn

E.ON is selling its British networks business to US power group PPL for £4bn as part of the German electricity giant's plans to pay down its debts and expand into new global markets.

Chinese air travel 'up 11 per cent by 2014'

Another 800,000 travellers will be flying every year by 2014, taking the total to 3.3 billion, according to the latest estimates from the International Air Transport Association (Iata).

Reckitt profits under pressure in last quarter

More than 5 per cent was wiped off the market capitalisation of the consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser yesterday after its fourth-quarter results failed to meet City expectations.

Manufacturers ready to lead 'rebalanced growth'

Manufacturing industry is capable of leading the economy further out of recession during 2011, its trade body will say today, with strong demand for exports – from emerging markets particularly – set to provide a further filip to the sector.

Cocoa co-operatives means guilt-free hot chocolate

Cocoa farmers on the small African island of São Tomé in the Gulf of Guinea used to struggle to make a living. They were getting a very low price as they had to sell their cocoa by the roadside to middle men.

HSBC turn to veteran Assaf to replace Gulliver

HSBC has promoted capital markets veteran Samir Assaf to take over the multimillion-pound role as head of investment banking, replacing Stuart Gulliver who becomes group chief executive next month.

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