Argentina defaults as talks fail

Economy minister says ‘vulture’ funds reject renewed offer

Balfour Beatty ends talks with Carillion

Abrupt move opens way for takeover battle

Afren suspends CEO over payments

Move by FTSE 250 group follows review by law firm

AstraZeneca raises full-year guidance

Second-quarter results beat consensus market forecasts

AMC in talks for BBC America stake

US group may take 50 per cent of channel

Centrica criticises Ofgem as profits fall

British Gas owner rejects forecasts that profit margins will double

Shell earnings hit by $2bn writedown

Souring investments at North American business weigh on profits

Rolls-Royce hit by strong pound

Fall in defence spending to pressure in first-half

New Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphones are seen on a display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Samsung smartphone sales plunge

Weak demand in Europe and China

Alibaba talks could price Snapchat at $10bn

Wide valuations after speculative discussions on stake

House backs GOP’s Obama lawsuit

President says move is a ‘wasteful stunt’

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Chancellor’s allies say MH17 more critical than US pressure

Germany: Bank balance

After a public bailout, five Landesbanks now face threatening ECB stress tests

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Growth in self-employment boosts output and tax revenues – it should be embraced

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