Editor's note: Reuters has withdrawn a report saying that the European Commission was planning to fine JPMorgan, UBS and Credit Suisse for rigging Libor interest rates. The commission says only one of those banks is being fined in the Libor case. We have corrected our update. - Aaron
Oil giant Total on death of CEO Christophe de Margerie: 'The thoughts of the management and employees of the Group go out to Christophe de Margerie's wife, children and loved ones as well as to the families of the 4 other victims' - statement
A business, also known as an enterprise or a firm, is an organization involved in the trade of goods, services, or both to consumers. Businesses are prevalent in capitalist economies, where most of them are privately owned and provide goods and services to customers in exchange for other goods, services, or money. Businesses may also be not-for-profit or state-owned. A business owned by multiple individuals may be referred to as a company.
The etymology of "business" stems from the idea of being busy, and implies socially valuable and rewarding work. Business can refer to a particular organization or, more generally, to an entire market sector, e.g. "the music business". Compound forms such as agribusiness represent subsets of the word's broader meaning, which encompasses all activity by suppliers of goods and services.