BBC News - Business 5 February 2018

London shares follow global markets with new falls

Shares in London start the week with falls of 1% in the wake of losses in the US.

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Homebase owners may close up to 40 stores

Up to 2,000 jobs are at risk after the Australian owners of Homebase said 40 stores could close.

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Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards

The bank stops its credit card customers buying digital currencies amid fears its value will keep falling.

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UK Diesel car sales fall by 25% in January

Buyers are turning away from new diesels amid uncertainty over government policy.

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Ryanair warns of further staff disruption

The airline warns of possible local "disruptions" as it recognises unions for the first time.

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Mothers suffering 'pay penalty' at work, report suggests

A report finds mothers earn nearly a third less than fathers by the time their first child is 20.

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Samsung heir freed from S Korea jail

Lee Jae-yong has his five year jail term for corruption suspended by an appeals court.

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Heathrow Airport's control of building costs 'abysmal'

Other firms should design and build Heathrow terminals says the boss of British Airways' owner IAG.

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Downing Street insists UK will leave customs union

Amid claims of Tory disunity over the direction of Brexit, the PM "categorically" rules out the option.

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Many graduates earn 'paltry returns' for their degree

An ex-minister says up to a fifth of graduates who have £50,000 of debt take non-graduate jobs.

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