More than 2.6 million people are unemployed - the highest level since 1994
Forecasters say economy shrank in the last quarter and will do so again this year
Rolls CEO sees 'shift from bling to substance' - but built-in cigar humidors are all the rage
Alexandra Chong's $1m start-up aims to give women a place online where they can gossip in peace
Bank says it is 'profoundly sorry' for mis-selling of investment products
Only Europe's politicians can prevent a UK credit crunch - and don't bank on them getting it right
Markets rise on decisive action by Federal Reserve and others, but 'euphoria' might not last
Big US and UK banks among a slew of institutions handed credit downgrade by Standard & Poor's
Topshop and BHS retail giant also plans to close 260 stores as sales continue to fall
Travel company needs to borrow money after being hit by North Africa unrest and Thai floods
A street vendor in Kabul sells balloons to a group of Afghan children. Although the economy in Afghanistan has shown some signs of improvement since the fall of the Taliban in 2001, low wages and unemployment remain challenges for the government.
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