Irish fruit firm Fyffes and US rival Chiquita are to merge to create the world's largest banana company, worth about $1bn (�597m).
In October, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, responded to the currency-manipulation claims by ordering a �full examination� of internal records.
Britain's strengthening recovery will see the economy surpass its pre-crisis peak earlier than expected, according to two leading business bodies, with private-sector optimism now stronger than all other advanced economies.
Spotify appears to be inching closer to an IPO that could value the Swedish online music streaming firm at several billion dollars.
"Caution" has been urged on new figures suggesting that the number of workers on zero-hours contracts has increased threefold since 2010.