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Retail sales rise less than expected

Thursday, 21 August 2014

UK retail sales rise by 2.6% in July, up just 0.1% from June, figures from Office for National Statistics show.

Public finances show £239m deficit

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Ten days left to hoover up a cleaner

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only ten days left to buy one - following new EU rules that come in next month.

UK car production rises in July

Thursday, 21 August 2014

More than 130,000 cars were made in the UK last month, a rise of 2.8%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Russia shuts four Moscow McDonald's

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Russia's main consumer watchdog has shut a number of McDonald's restaurants in Moscow as part of an investigation into food standards.

Osborne under fire over Co-op deal

Thursday, 21 August 2014

MPs demand details from Chancellor about possible political pressure over failed Co-op plan to buy 623 Lloyds branches.

Labour to 'remove' bad energy firms

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Labour pledges to give a new regulator the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.

Australian winemaker reports a loss

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates has reported its first annual loss due to slower sales in China and oversupply in the US market.

Amazon in Shanghai e-commerce pact

Thursday, 21 August 2014

US online retail giant Amazon steps up its presence in China with a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

HP's sales inch up but profit falls

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Computer giant Hewlett-Packard has reported a sharp fall in profit despite a rise in revenue helped by improved computer sales.

Wall Street market report

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

US shares mostly closed higher on Wednesday despite minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting suggesting it may raise interest rates earlier than expected.

Macy's settles racial profiling cases

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.

Bank of England split over rate rise

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Two out of nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates earlier this month, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so.

Carillion gives up on Balfour bid

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Construction firm Carillion admits defeat in its £2bn pursuit of rival Balfour Beatty after its third takeover offer was rejected.

Mortgage lending highest since 2008

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

A total of £19.1bn is advanced to homebuyers in July, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says, amid warnings that the property market may face headwinds.

Self-employment at '40 year high'

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The number of workers categorised as self-employed has risen to its highest in 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Russia tensions hit Carlsberg sales

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been hit by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine amid the crisis in the region.

UK's 'most generous town' revealed

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.

Calvin Harris earns more than Jay Z

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Calvin Harris is still the world's top-earning DJ according to Forbes magazine.

Rail fares to rise 3.5% for 2015

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Regulated rail fares in England will rise by 3.5% in January 2015, following the release of inflation figures for July.

Payday brokers 'drain' bank accounts

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in a year, the Financial Ombudsman says.

London drives house price increase

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Annual house price inflation was 10.2% in the year to June, driven by a 19.3% London rise, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Argentina in plan to avoid US ruling

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

An emotional President de Kirchner says proposed legislation will return control of its debt to the government.

Japanese exports rebound in July

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Exports from Japan show a surprise pick-up in July, reigniting hopes of growth for the world's third largest economy.

Inflation falls more than expected

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The annual rate of UK inflation rate falls more than expected in July to 1.6% as the cost of clothing, footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks eases during the month.

Brewing a beer revolution in Africa

Monday, 18 August 2014

One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius.

Riding a business wave in the surf

Sunday, 17 August 2014

The BBC's Phil Mercer meets Matt Grainger, who has succeeded in combining his hobby with earning a living, by starting a surf business on Manly Beach in Sydney, Australia.

How to crack the US market

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

The US retail market is a tough nut to crack, but there are a number of small UK firms who have managed to succeed in America.

Pirates chairman appeals for support

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cornish Pirates chairman Ian Connell appeals to his side's fans to do their part to help the club's finances.

Barcelona transfer ban appeal fails

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Barcelona cannot sign players until 2016 once the current transfer window shuts, after Fifa reject their appeal over a ban.

Silverstone hopes to keep MotoGP

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Silverstone bosses have not given up hope of retaining the British MotoGP, which is set to move to Wales.

The economic impact of Ebola

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Ebola crisis has serious financial effect on West Africa

'Our economic system doesn't work'

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Shopkeepers in Rome deal with reality of endless economic crisis

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future

The man 'behind a million babies'

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The man who says he's responsible for a million kids

Swiss sanctions dilemma over Russia

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

EU sanctions prompt Russia to turn to Swiss cheese makers

Where houses 'cost' more than London

Monday, 18 August 2014

The 62 places more expensive than London

The island that kids learn to leave

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Why hundreds of thousands of people have left Ireland

Food sanctions hit Russian shoppers' pockets

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Food import ban begins to hit Russian shoppers

India struggles to attract tourists

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Why India is struggling to attract tourists

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