2012: The year in business
2012 was the year when shocking economic and business news seemed to lose its power to shock.
Nothing much really got sorted out - the debt mountains in Europe and the US still towered over everything; scandalous behaviour at big western banks continued to hit the headlines; China again failed to make progress in rebalancing its lop-sided economy.
As voters in the US went to the polls and the Chinese communist leadership underwent its once-in-a-decade refresh, it could have been a year of change for the world's two biggest economies.
But continuity was the watchword.
The BBC's World Service Business Editor, Martin Webber looks back at the year in business.
24 Dec 2012