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US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

Bank of America has agreed to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for misrepresenting the quality of loans sold to investors.

Russia widens McDonald's food probe

Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.

Ten days left to vacuum up a cleaner

Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only 10 days left to be certain of getting one - following new EU rules that come in next month.

Retail sales rise less than expected

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

Dollar store rejects rival $9.7bn bid

Family Dollar, the US-based discount store at the centre of a bidding war, rejects rival Dollar General's proposal to buy it in a deal worth about $9.7bn (£5.8bn).

Public finances show £239m deficit

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

UK car production rises in July

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

Eurozone growth slows in August

Eurozone business growth slows in August, weighed down by sluggish French and German economies.

Osborne under fire over Co-op deal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

UK's 'most generous town' revealed

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

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

Spy camera cash machine gang jailed

Four fraudsters behind a sophisticated bank card scam involving a "dizzying array of gadgets" are jailed by a judge at the Old Bailey.

Mortgage lending highest since 2008

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'

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

Argentina in plan to avoid US ruling

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

Japanese exports rebound in July

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

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

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

Riding a business wave in the surf

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

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.

2014 Games track goes to Grangemouth

The 2014 Commonwealth Games athletics track at Hampden Park is to be lifted and moved to Grangemouth Stadium.

Pirates chairman appeals for support

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

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


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