Switzerland's number one retailer, Migros, on Wednesday reported a net profit of 771 million francs in 2013 on the back of record sales.
The federal government has backed off a proposal that would have allowed cross-border shoppers to bring up to 20 litres of duty-free wine a day into Switzerland, ten times the current rate.
Almost a quarter of European bumblebee species are threatened with extinction, largely because of climate change and intensive farming, the Swiss-based International Union for Conservation of Nature warned on Wednesday.
A small snake that slithered its way onto a Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) train caused chaos on Wednesday, prompting the evacuation of all 450 passengers as police hunted for the reptile.
Switzerland has reached a compromise agreement with Croatia on the free movement of people, Swiss state radio broadcaster RTS says.
A 39-year-old woman died and 32 people were evacuated from an apartment building that caught fire in a Geneva suburb early Wednesday.
The mystery behind the disappearance of a $50-million diamond from a Geneva-based storage firm deepened on Tuesday, as the company accused of losing the jewel branded the alleged victim a con-man.