Shell to sell Nigeria oilfields for $5bn

Move part of majors’ retreat from region’s oldest industry

Scottish independence case ‘not made’

More than 120 business people sign open letter backing union

Ryanair launches ‘business class’ service

Carrier aims to shed brash its image and win over frequent flyers

Ukraine promises ceasefire plan for east

Pledge follows president’s talks with Russian counterpart

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Foxtons plans special dividend

Estate agent expects growth in transaction volumes to slow

Balfour Beatty portfolio exceeds £1bn

Public-private revaluation released after deal failure

Israel and Hamas agree open-ended truce

Hopes rise of end to 7-week-old Gaza war

Nespresso to help small coffee growers

Capsule maker among big businesses supporting niche farms

Shale finances lift growth hopes

Excess cash flow forecast of $2.4bn in 2015 fuels expansion talk

Cameron backs Tusk for EU council job

U-turn by UK leader after pair forge Ukraine links

Farage to stand for Ukip in Thanet seat

Johnson pins parliamentary hopes on Uxbridge

Comment and Analysis

India coal ruling fuels confusion

Alarm at implications for power and banking industries

Wells Fargo chief turns to Silicon Valley

Stumpf bets on simple approach through technology

End the ‘illegality industry’ at borders

Migration has become a funding stream for defence and border forces, says Ruben Andersson

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