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Labour is including a £5.5bn "jobs guarantee" in its manifesto under which the long-term unemployed will be told to take up taxpayer-subsidised work or lose their benefits.
The size of the UK economy will surpass its pre-recession peak by the summer, according to an upgraded forecast from the British Chambers of Commerce.
A proposed deal to create the world's largest banana company will see Fyffes merge with its biggest rival, Chiquita.
Homeowners are being offered a new way to potentially save money on their energy bills - QR (or quick response) codes.
Oxford is the UK's least affordable city, a study finds, because homes there cost 11 times the average local wage.
Tesco is preparing the ground for the departure of its finance director amid tensions with its chief executive as the retail giant attempts to reverse the declining fortunes of its core UK operations.
The Co-operative Group is set to hand senior staff large pay rises and bonuses, as the troubled mutual prepares to announce losses for 2013 which are expected to be its worst ever.
TV licence dodgers may no longer face prosecution in the courts under new plans being considered by the Government.
The number of new jobs in the United States accelerated in February, as the number of part-time workers in the month reached an all-time high.
China has suffered what has been called its first corporate bond default, as the government tries to make its financial system more market-orientated.