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Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago

Bitcoin futures trading begins on CBOE exchange in Chicago

Image copyright Getty Images Bitcoin has begun trading on a major exchange for the first time. It launched on the CBOE futures exchange in Chicago at 23:00 GMT Sunday, allowing investors to bet on whether Bitcoin prices will rise or fall. In the lead-up to its futures debut, the value of the digital currency has […]

Inflation tracker: Will you feel the pinch this Christmas?

Inflation tracker: Will you feel the pinch this Christmas?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cost of Christmas: Some seasonal favourites have gone up in price since last year From boxes of chocolates to mince pies and even Brussels sprouts, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a table piled high with food. But the price of the festive grocery shop has spiralled this year, […]

Qatar buys 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in £6bn deal

Qatar buys 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in £6bn deal

Image copyright Reuters Image caption BAE makes the Eurofighter Typhoon at its Warton plant A £6bn deal to sell Eurofighter Typhoons to Qatar will help safeguard thousands of UK jobs. BAE Systems employs about 5,000 people in the UK to build the fighter jets, mainly at Warton in Lancashire. Qatar’s purchase of 24 jets includes […]

Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

Apple ‘to buy Shazam for $400m’

Image copyright Shazam Apple is close to buying the music recognition app Shazam for about $400m (£300m), media reports say. Shazam, a UK company founded in 1999, allows people to use their smartphone or computer to identify and buy music through a snippet of sound. Shazam, which says it has more than 100 million monthly […]

Two-year degrees to lower tuition fees

Two-year degrees to lower tuition fees

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More students will be encouraged to take degrees in two years Students in England are going to be offered degrees in two years with a £5,500 saving in tuition fees, says the universities minister Jo Johnson. Undergraduate courses will be condensed into “accelerated” degrees, with fees 20% less than […]

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has recently become as commonplace a […]

Is Trump the WTO’s biggest threat?

Is Trump the WTO’s biggest threat?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US President has continued his scepticism of the World Trade Organization since gaining office Is the World Trade Organization about to be derailed by Donald Trump? Ministers from its 164 member nations will meet in Buenos Aires this weekend as the guardian of global commerce seeks to oil the wheels […]

Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal

Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announce progress in Brexit talks in Brussels on Friday More clarity on the Brexit transition is needed to stop companies proceeding with contingency plans despite the progress announced on Friday, the CBI has warned. Paul Drechsler, president of the business lobby group, said companies […]

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Bitcoin hits $17,000 as bubble fears mount

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bitcoin’s value has been volatile in recent weeks Bitcoin briefly crossed through the $17,000 (£12,615) mark on Friday, extending its record-breaking run. The cryptocurrency has soared about 70% this week according to Coindesk.com, despite fresh warnings of a dangerous bubble. Its dramatic rise has been likened to a “charging train […]

Primark and Sports Direct named for underpaying staff

Primark and Sports Direct named for underpaying staff

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Primark had to repay £231,973.12 mainly due to charging staff for uniforms Primark and Sports Direct have had to pay thousands of pounds back to staff for paying them below the minimum wage. The retailers had to repay the most of 260 firms named on the government’s list for […]

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