WE WILL REMEMBER: A Belgian €2 commemorative coin on display during a ceremony at the Royal Mint of Belgium in Brussels for the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War. (Virginie Lefour, AFP)
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Penalties for those caught dealing in so-called illicit cigarettes are steep, according to the Tobacco Institute of SA.
British airline Virgin Atlantic expects the benefits of its cost-cutting plan and a tie-up with US carrier Delta Air Lines to help it back to profit.
Confidence in the domestic financial services sector improved marginally in the fourth quarter of 2013, says the SA Reserve Bank.
Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan may restrict imports of Polish apples due to concerns over the quality of food safety checks.
AstraZeneca, the British drugs giant, would not be drawn over reports it faces a mega takeover bid from Pfizer, alongside news that its profits had halved.
Barclays chair David Walker has defended pay levels at the bank, telling shareholders that it needed to raise bonuses to stop an exodus of senior executives.
Asian markets have been mixed following losses on Wall Street, while Japanese traders were disappointed by the lack of progress on a Pacific trade pact.
France and Poland have put forward a proposal for a European energy community to counter the dependence of some European countries on Russian gas.