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Bbc.Co.Uk
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Price concern

TECHNOLOGY giants Apple, Microsoft and Adobe have been called by the Australian parliament to appear before a committee looking at pricing levels. The House of Representatives launched a probe in July last year to see if some goods were more expensive in Australia than in other parts of the world. Consumer bodies have often complained that Australians are overcharged.

Euro strength

THE euro has jumped against the British pound and the Japanese yen.

The move comes as France voiced its concerns about the strength of the euro at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels.

But the new head of the eurozone bloc, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said the currency "was not discussed at great length".

Fraud claims

BARCLAYS misled shareholders and the public about one of the biggest investments in the bank's history, a BBC Panorama investigation has found. The bank announced in 2008 that Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour had agreed to invest more than £3bn. But the BBC found that the money, which helped Barclays avoid a bailout by British taxpayers, actually came from the Abu Dhabi government.