BBC News - Economy Hyperloop: A visit to the test site of Virgin's train of the future 2018-01-19T23:21:08.000000000+00:00 Can a futuristic tube-based transport scheme that shoots pods through a vacuum become a reality? UK retail sales slide in tough December 2018-01-19T16:02:48.000000000+00:00 Retailers saw their biggest monthly fall since the EU referendum, official figures show. Zambia's traders protest at anti-cholera measures 2018-01-19T13:24:05.000000000+00:00 Market traders in Zambia protest against government rules aimed at containing an outbreak of cholera. Fishermen's app: 'We can go direct to the consumer' 2018-01-19T11:17:13.000000000+00:00 The app that's allowing Africa's fishermen to sell their catches directly to restaurants. How the zipper became a million dollar idea 2018-01-19T00:45:17.000000000+00:00 The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the zipper became a million dollar idea. Fighting for flexible working hours 2018-01-19T00:01:37.000000000+00:00 Less than half of parents feel flexible working is an option in their workplace. How did households budget in 1957? 2018-01-18T14:01:02.000000000+00:00 Housing took a much smaller share of incomes 60 years ago, but food and fashion cost more, says the ONS. 'If I tried to escape they said they would kill me' 2018-01-18T12:00:25.000000000+00:00 "Peter" came to Britain looking for a new life but instead he was held captive and forced to work for nothing. China's economy grows by 6.9% in 2017 2018-01-18T08:26:35.000000000+00:00 It's the country's first year-on-year grow figure beats Beijing's official growth target of 6.5%, though some question China's GDP data. House prices: Midlands sees biggest rises 2018-01-16T11:51:13.000000000+00:00 The region saw the biggest price growth in the year to November, with London recording the slowest.