• 28 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption While western areas including Manchester are thriving, regions east of the Pennines are lagging behind, the study saysAn "east-west divide" has opened up in the number of start-ups created across the north of England, research reveals. Data suggests a larger number of start-up firms are thriving on the west side of the Pennines, with...

  • 28 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesMore should be done to limit problem gambling, including toughening up oversight of the £11bn industry, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. The body, which scrutinises public spending on behalf of parliament, called for better protection for "at risk" gamblers. It said the government should look at the way the regulator, the Gambling...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 28 February 2020 Related Topics Heathrow Airport expansion Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Road building in previous decades was subject to less stringent environmental criteriaPlans for a £28.8bn roads programme could be challenged in the courts for breaching the UK's laws on climate change. The plans, due to be published next month,...

  • 28 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesStock markets across the globe are suffering their worst week since the global financial crisis of 2008. Asian markets have reacted badly as the coronavirus outbreak spreads across Europe and unsettles investors. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones index fell almost 1,200 points yesterday - its biggest daily points-drop...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright PA Media Image caption JD Wetherspoon employs 45,000 peopleOne of the UK's biggest employers says staff will be subject to regular statutory sick pay rules if they self-isolate owing to coronavirus. Pub chain JD Wetherspoon, which has 45,000 employees, said the virus was being treated like any other illness. Under statutory...

  • By Eleanor Lawrie Business reporter, BBC News 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright ReutersSales of Dettol and Lysol products have surged as the spread of the coronavirus outbreak continues. The disinfectant is seen as providing protection against the spread of the disease, although its effectiveness has not yet been scientifically proven. In China, demand for...

  • 27 February 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesGlobal investors were hit with a sixth day of stock market losses on Thursday, as traders responded to the threat of the coronavirus. The string of declines pushed indexes in Europe and the US down more than 10% from their recent highs - sending them into so-called "correction" territory. In the US, the...

  • By Justin Harper BBC News 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Geely is China's largest privately-owned car makerMore automakers are selling cars online in China as worried consumers stay away from showrooms to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Chinese carmaker Geely is the latest to launch a new online service to try to boost sales in...

  • 27 February 2020 comments Image copyright Getty ImagesOnline gaming firm Mr Green, which is owned by William Hill, has been hit with a £3m penalty for failing to protect gambling addicts. The Gambling Commission also said the company did not have effective procedures to check customers were using legitimate sources of money. The commission said its investigation had uncovered "systemic...

  • 27 February 2020 comments Related Topics Heathrow Airport expansion Image copyright ReutersHeathrow Airport's controversial plans to build a third runway have been thrown into doubt after a court ruling. The government's Heathrow's expansion decision was unlawful because it did not take climate commitments into account, the Court of Appeal said. Heathrow said it would challenge the decision, but...

  • By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter 27 February 2020 Image copyright Klarna Image caption Klarna was launched in the UK in 2014Buy now, pay later services for online shoppers are growing at 39% a year, a report says, despite worries that young consumers are sleepwalking into debt. Operators such as Klarna and Afterpay allow customers to delay payment or buy through interest-free...

  • 27 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesApple's chief executive Tim Cooke said the company would open its first physical stores in India in 2021 and a online outlet later this year. Apple had to seek special approval from the Indian government to open a store without a local partner. The announcement was made at the company's annual shareholders' meeting. Investors at the meeting also voted...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Bhavik Masters Image caption Bhavik says his family's firm has seen new interest from British buyersThirty years ago Bhavik Master's parents watched in dismay as orders for their fine knitwear, chunky winter jumpers and cardigans disappeared overseas. Retailers had discovered they could cut costs by ordering from Chinese...

  • 27 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cleveland Browns American football players look at a Microsoft Surface tablet during a game against the Arizona CardinalsMicrosoft is the latest major company to warn of a disruption as China grapples with the coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant said because its Chinese suppliers were shutdown,...

  • By Roger Harrabin BBC environment analyst 27 February 2020 Related Topics Heathrow Airport expansion Image copyright Getty ImagesThe Court of Appeal is set to make a ruling over Heathrow's expansion in a case described by green groups as massively significant. Judges will decide whether Heathrow’s expansion plans took into account climate change commitments. The case has been brought by...

  • 27 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some parts of the UK such as west Wales are significantly worse off than othersThe government must "think big" and spend more if it is serious about levelling up the UK's regions, an independent inquiry has said. An extra £200bn of regional funds should be channelled to disadvantaged parts of the country over the next two decades,...

  • 26 February 2020 comments Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty ImagesTrading in global financial markets paused for breath on Wednesday afternoon, after days of sharp losses spurred by fears about the coronavirus. In morning trade in New York, the main US indexes were up about 1%, regaining ground after steep falls on Tuesday. In Europe, London's FTSE 100 index and other...

  • 26 February 2020 Related Topics Coronavirus outbreak Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chevron is one of America's biggest oil firmsOil giant Chevron has asked 300 staff at a London office to work from home as a precaution against coronavirus. Chevron took the step after one of its staff reported flu-like symptoms after returning from a country where there have been cases of the...

  • 26 February 2020 Image copyright JUSTIN TALLISWalmart says it may sell off part of Asda, its UK supermarket chain, after "inbound interest" in the idea. The US retail giant said it was talking to a "small number of interested parties" about a possible deal. It comes after UK regulators blocked Walmart's plan to merge Asda with Sainsbury's last year due to competition concerns. Walmart said it...

  • 26 February 2020 comments Image copyright Getty ImagesUK banking giant Lloyds and insurer Direct Line have both confirmed they will cut hundreds of jobs. Lloyds Banking Group has confirmed it will slash the equivalent of 780 full-time jobs this year across its branch network. Among the roles to go are customer advisers, banking consultants and branch managers. Direct Line is telling staff about...