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BBC News - Business - UK Edition 

UK manufacturing 'at 14-month low'

Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.

Airport expansion 'critical' for UK

A single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.

Woodford sells HSBC over fine fears

One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".

Euro manufacturing at 13-month low

Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.

Barclays sells Spanish businesses

Barclays Bank sells Spanish businesses for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank.

London Market Report

Shares in Tesco fall further following news that a major shareholder in the supermarket has cut its stake.

China factory growth misses forecast

China's manufacturing activity misses expectations in August, indicating that the country's economy may be losing momentum.

Heineken sells Mexico packaging unit

Heineken sells its Mexican packaging business to US firm Crown Holdings in a deal worth $1.23bn (£740m).

UK businesses 'want new EU deal'

Most British businesses want the UK to renegotiate its relationship with the EU, according to a British Chambers of Commerce survey.

Co-op Group votes through reforms

Members of the troubled Co-operative Group vote overwhelmingly in favour of reforming how the business is run.

Rogue landlords 'must face crackdown'

Housing experts are calling for minimum standards in the private rental market to prevent landlords from exploiting vulnerable tenants.

Banks to reopen 2.5m PPI claims

Banks and card companies will reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints amid claims of underpayment and rejection of compensation.

Russian rouble falls to new low

The Russian rouble falls to a record low against the dollar as investors fear further sanctions against the nation.

India's growth hits two year high

India's economy grew by 5.7% in the three months to June, its fastest pace in two-and-a-half years, according to an official estimate.

IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund reaffirms its support for its leader Christine Lagarde despite her being investigated in a high-profile case in France.

Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.

Water bills plugged by regulator

Household water bills in England and Wales will go up less than the rising cost of living in the next five years, under proposals from regulator Ofwat.

High-powered hairdryers under threat

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

DVLA prints cut out and keep tax disc

Drivers will have to cut out their own vehicle tax discs during the death throes of the paper system, because the DVLA has run out of perforated paper.

House prices 'edge up in August'

House prices edged up by 0.8% in August, the Nationwide says, while the Land Registry reveals a big annual increase in London.

Lending to small businesses drops

Lending to small and medium-sized businesses via the government's Funding for Lending scheme (FLS) fell again in the second quarter of the year.

Energy firms 'to make lower margins'

Profit margins of large energy suppliers will be lower over the coming year compared with previous estimates, says the regulator Ofgem.

Brazil's economy enters recession

A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, places the country in recession, latest figures show.

Euro inflation nears five-year low

The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3% in August, near a five-year low, adding to fears of a deflationary spiral in the region.

Russia warns of Ukraine gas shortage

Russia sees a risk that winter gas shortages could force Ukraine to divert supplies of Russian gas meant for EU customers.

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost

With the European Union ending import tariffs on Georgian products from 1 September, the country's winemakers and farmers are hopeful of increasing their exports to the EU.

Tunisia's first video games boss

A profile of Walid Sultan Midani, the founder of Tunisia's first video game development company, and his plans for global success.

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish

Entrepreneurs are trying to find ways to collect rubbish in Mali's capital city Bamako but they have nowhere to process it.

Rangers confirm £4m share issue plan

Rangers make new shares available to current shareholders and admit poor uptake could hinder payments to creditors.

England Women's Sevens turn pro

England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.


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