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Business travelers boost airline profits

Oct 29, 2010
During the recession, businesses tightened their wallets, and business travel fell dramatically, hitting the airline industry.
Posted In: Airlines

New Zealand protests to keep "The Hobbit"

Oct 25, 2010
Thousands of New Zealanders have taken to the streets to demand that two films in the "Hobbit" franchise continue filming in New Zealand.

Public spending cuts hurt private sector

Oct 13, 2010
Many European governments, including the U.K., have been looking to reduce public spending. That would include many government job losses, but a report today warns about a knock-on effect in the private sector that would see up to half-a-million jobs being lost.

A floating brewery?

Oct 12, 2010
Water is expected to become an increasingly scarce commodity over the next couple of decades. And industries which rely heavily on water are starting to look for ways of adapting their businesses accordingly. Now, one beer company has come up with the idea of a floating brewery.
Posted In: Food

BlackBerry maker RIM, UAE reach deal

Oct 8, 2010
The threat of a BlackBerry ban in the United Arab Emirates has been hanging over the smartphone's maker since the summer. The UAE government said it had security concerns because the Blackberry couldn't be cracked. But it's now agreed a deal with Blackberry maker RIM.

EU may fine countries for overspending

Sep 29, 2010
As labor strikes are being staged across Europe, the European Commission is announcing plans to stop European countries from overspending. Governments that borrow too much money will be hit with fines.

U.N. summit looks at rising food prices

Sep 24, 2010
Rising world food prices will be the topic of an emergency U.N. meeting in Rome. The aim is to find a way to restore stability in the food markets and avoid riots like those that occurred two years ago.
Posted In: Food

India's Commonwealth Games woes

Sep 23, 2010
There's an emergency meeting in Delhi, India, over shoddy facilities and security at the Commonwealth Games. The international, multi-sport event features competition among thousands of athletes from members of the British Commonwealth. But several teams are threatening to pull out.

Sealskin ban puts ruffle in Scottish kilts

Sep 22, 2010
The sporran is the little pouch that for centuries the Scottish have attached to their kilts. But its production is under threat. The EU banned the sale of sealskin recently, which is the preferred material to make a sporran.

More pregnancy leave upsets Euro biz

Sep 17, 2010
If you're an expectant mother in the U.S., the Family and Medical Leave Act gives 12 weeks unpaid leave. But in Europe, pregnant women get 14 weeks and part of their salary. Now there are plans to give them even more.



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A collection of world economic and business stories in collaboration with the BBC.