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Venezuelan economy enters recession

The Venezuelan economy is now officially in recession after the central bank released figures showing that it has been shrinking all year.

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China’s factory activity shrinks

China’s manufacturing activity shrank for the first time in seven months in December, a private survey showed on Wednesday.

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Australia’s wine ‘cheaper than water’

The impact in Australia of wine that’s cheaper than water

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Why Greek election makes EU nervous

Why the new jitters about Greece and the euro?

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Venezuela denies ice-cream crisis

Venezuelan officials deny reports that a milk shortage is behind the temporary closure of an ice-cream shop famous for its wide range of flavours.

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VIDEO: Why is there a science skills gap?

The BBC’s Steph McGovern is looking at the skills shortages facing employers in Britain.

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Prescription fraud plan criticised

Pharmacists strongly criticised plans to strengthen checks at the counter for entitlement to free prescriptions in England.

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VIDEO: CBI leader: GCSEs should be scrapped

GCSEs should be scrapped and replaced with tailored courses, including vocational skills, according to the leader of the Confederation of British Industry.

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Business in 2014: BBC’s most-read

Which business stories were popular in 2014?

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Why 2014 was good for retail robbers

Thieves steal millions of shoppers’ payment details during the year