More KFC outlets have reopened amid disruption caused by delivery problems. By mid afternoon on Wednesday 628 of the 900 stores were open, compared with 430 at 13:00 on Tuesday.

Channel Tunnel train operator Eurostar is launching direct services between London and Amsterdam. Trains will run twice daily from 4 April, with the journey from St Pancras to Amsterdam taking three hours and 41 minutes.

UK stock markets climbed to new highs on the final day of trading for 2017. Both the FTSE 100 index of leading blue chip companies and the FTSE 250 reached new records at the close of trading.

Amazon, JP Morgan and Berkshire Hathaway are joining forces to create a healthcare firm aimed at cutting costs for their US employees.

China's smartphone market has fallen for the first time, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys.

It is bonus season in America - and this year, companies are cutting some workers special cheques.

Coca-Cola has announced a pledge to recycle a used bottle or can for every one the company sells by 2030. Calling it a "massive global ambition" the firm admitted its part in littering the environment and a responsibility to tackle the problem.

Time is running out on Brexit, and the UK should remain in a customs union with the EU, the CBI has warned. Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the UK business group, said there was a "lack of clarity" surrounding ongoing talks about the future of UK-EU trade.

Shares in GKN, one of the UK's biggest engineering firms, have soared after it rejected a bid that values the company at £7bn.

Carillion's key creditors are due to meet government officials on Monday in a last ditch bid to prevent the construction giant's collapse.

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Spotify has filed to list on the New York Stock Exchange in a move that may value the world's biggest music streaming service at more than $23bn (£16.7bn).

Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should be regulated to crack down on illegal activities and protect the financial system, Mark Carney warned.

Reality TV star Kylie Jenner wiped $1.3bn (£1bn) off Snap's stock market value after tweeting that she no longer used its Snapchat messaging app.

A growing number of companies have cut ties with the National Rifle Association amid calls for a boycott of businesses linked to the US gun lobby after the Florida school shooting.

Betting firm William Hill has been hit with a £6.2m penalty package for breaching anti-money-laundering and social responsibility regulations.