BBC News - Economy CBI calls for UK to remain in a customs union with EU 2018-01-21T11:48:54.000000000+00:00 A customs union with the EU would be best for UK business, the CBI's boss will say. US budget impasse sparks bitter blame game 2018-01-21T02:18:09.000000000+00:00 Recriminations start after the US Senate fails to pass a new budget, leading to a shutdown of services. Macron says 'single market' membership must include open borders 2018-01-20T05:05:38.000000000+00:00 The French president said a special trade deal between the UK and EU is possible. 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. 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.