Ford and VW agree alliance to build vans and pickups

Image copyright Getty Images Ford and Volkswagen have agreed to co-operate on the development of vans and pickup trucks in a bid to reduce costs.The two companies said they would also look into co-operating on developing electric and self-driving cars.Sales from the partnership will begin in 2022 and will boost profits from 2023, the carmakers…

M&S names next 17 stores it wants to close

Image copyright PA Marks and Spencer has named the next wave of stores earmarked for closure in its reorganisation plan, including those in Huddersfield, Hull and Luton.The 17 proposed closures are part of the clothing, homeware and food retailer's five-year plan to shut more than 100 stores by 2022.The latest plans will affect 1,045 staff,…

McDonald's loses case against Irish rival

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The court ruled that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the trademark as a burger or a restaurant name An Irish fast food company has won a case against McDonald's to prevent it trademarking the terms "Big Mac" and "Mc" in some instances in Europe.The European Union Intellectual…

'Food porn star' Indian chef gives fine dining a twist

Gaggan Anand, the executive chef and owner of a two Michelin-starred Indian restaurant, uses hyper-modern cooking techniques to take Indian street food to new heights.His self-named restaurant in Bangkok has topped Asia's best restaurants list for the past four years.Filmed and edited by Danny Bull; produced by Thanyarat Doksone; series produced by Pamela Parker.

The former homeless man bringing web access to the Bronx

Image copyright Neture Image caption Marlin Jenkins is trying to bring broadband internet to poorer households The digital divide - the economic gap between those with internet access and those without - is a growing problem throughout the world, and not just in developing economies. Many people are trying the bridge this gap, and here…

China's weakening trade figures should concern us all

Image copyright Getty Images If China wanted to appease Donald Trump's ever-present anger at its trade surplus with the United States, the latest trade figures won't work to calm him down. China's exports to the rest of the world, announced on Monday, were unexpectedly down when they had been expected to rise. But that was…