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Bill Gates is declared the richest man in the world for the 16th time by Forbes magazine's annual ranking of global billionaires.
Marks and Spencer and Cadbury have both fallen out of an annual survey ranking the top 20 consumer brands in the UK.
Liverpool Football Club reports a profit for the first time in seven years, mainly as a result of rising media revenue from the Premier League.
US stocks hit record levels, with both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 closing at all-time highs and the Nasdaq breaking the 5,000 barrier for the first time in 15 years.
UK house prices dropped in February for the first time in five months, according to Nationwide.