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The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.

Housing market activity 'subdued'
UK housing market activity has "remained subdued", the Nationwide says, as annual house price growth slows for the seventh month in a row.

Online banking fraud 'up by 48%'
Losses from online banking fraud rose by 48% in 2014 compared with 2013 as more consumers conducted their financial affairs on the internet.

Loaded magazine says it will close
Loaded Magazine, one of the so-called "lads' magazines" of the mid-1990s, is to close down, publisher Simian says.

Blackberry posts profit for quarter
Canadian mobile phone firm Blackberry posts better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings. but its revenues showed a larger-than-expected drop.

Brazil's economy grew 0.1% in 2014
Brazil, the world's seventh largest economy, narrowly avoided contracting in 2014 with a growth rate of just 0.1% for the year.

RBS sells Coutts International to UBP
Royal Bank of Scotland sells Coutts International, the overseas arm of its private bank, to Switzerland's Union Bancaire Privee (UBP).

North Sea workers to vote on action
North Sea workers are to vote on industrial action over jobs, pay and shifts, as operators seek to reduce costs.

Co-op Bank still has 'much to do'
The Co-operative Bank says it is making a "significant improvement" as it reports a lower pre-tax loss but says another 57 branches will close this year.

Mining shares pull FTSE lower
Shares in mining companies pull the FTSE 100 lower after iron ore prices slide sharply on fears of oversupply.

Japan economy at brink of deflation
Annual core consumer inflation in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, stopped rising for the first time in nearly two years in February.

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