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Wednesday, 22 December, 1999, 19:50 GMT
Turbulent Business Year
This was a year of superlatives in the business world, both positive and negative. There was a huge merger boom, and the internet finally came of age. Oil prices hit a new low, then recovered, and trade talks ended in chaos. BBC News Online looks back on the last year of the millennium.


Trade trouble
The world saw a series of trade disputes, found it difficult to agree a leader of the World Trade Organisation, and failed to launch a new round to lower tariffs after mass protests in Seattle and squabbling among trade blocs. Will the millennium begin with trade wars sweeping the globe?



The year of the internet
The internet came of age as shopping and financial services moved to the virtual world. Internet companies did rather well too, as anything with dot.com in its name saw its share price soar.

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The euro flops
The euro's first year showed it to be a troubled currency, falling more than 17% against the dollar, as the eurozone economies faltered. But will it revive along with the fortunes of Germany, Europe's largest economy?

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Mad markets
The tech-stock fuelled boom has pushed stockmarkets around the world to record levels in 1999 - but there are warnings that the bubble may be about to burst...
  • Stocks '99: A graph gallery


    Oil slick
    It was a year of extremes, as the oil price first plunged to a record low, then rose sharply after OPEC oil producers agreed - and stuck to - production cuts. But will the higher oil price spur inflation into the millennium, or have we all become more energy efficient?


    Merger mania
    The millennium began with the world's biggest takeover bid still on the table, as companies in the telecoms and banking sector raced to capitalise on the boom in technology and the growing deregulation of key markets.

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