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The Bank of England has become more optimistic that the UK's poor productivity performance may at last be improving - as it signals no urgent need for interest rates to rise.
Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.
Shares in Qualcomm, one of the world's biggest mobile phone chipmakers, fall 5% in after-hours trading as it issues a weaker than expected growth outlook.
Troubled online game-maker Zynga reports a loss of $61m, as founder Mark Pincus steps down as chief product officer.
General Motors asks a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over faulty ignition switches.
Car production, which accounts for 15% of overall manufacturing output in the UK, is booming. Around 142,000 cars were made in March - 12% more than the same period last year. Fully three quarters of them are exported. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders tells Today "we've seen people come back into showrooms in Europe," he says, and that is driving UK production.
It's a year since the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. The destruction left 1,130 dead. Alan Roberts, who helps run the Bangladesh Accord, a legally binding agreement formed in the aftermath of the disaster, tells Wake Up to Money a lot has changed since then. The Accord covers 166 brands and it has paid for the inspection of 300 factories. Of those, eight have been shut down for emergency improvements.
The Conservatives have announced that they will not subsidise any new onshore wind farms, if they win the next general election. They've also promised to give residents more power to block the construction of wind farms near their communities. Subsidies would continue for existing wind farms, and those with planning consent or under construction.
We can expect a significant number of Barclays shareholders to vote against the re-appointment of Sir John Sutherland, the already outgoing chairman of the bank's remuneration committee. Sarah Wilson, founder of the Manifest shareholder information service, tells Wake Up to Money voting against individual board members is unusual, but the move reflects how unhappy some are about the levels of pay Sir John has approved. It would be a protest vote, as Sir John is due to replaced anyway.
Barclays shareholders get a chance to vote today on pay and bonuses at the bank. Many are thought to be unhappy with how much money is being diverted into remuneration. More on that later. You can contact us throughout the morning by tweeting @BBCBusiness or emailing email@example.com
Good morning. After much speculation over the declining fortunes of US tech companies, both Apple and Facebook posted better-than-expected results for the first three months of 2014. Stay with us as we bring you more analysis on that, and the rest of the business news.
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