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UK seeks extra power for winter

National Grid is seeking additional electricity supplies for winter after unexpected plant shutdowns have raised fears of potential shortages.

Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple

The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple.

Laptop sales soar before university

The surge in sales of laptops for students getting ready to start university has become like a "mini-Christmas", say leading retailers.

Uber banned across Germany by court

A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

Wall Street market report

Shares in Home Depot lead the Dow Jones index lower after a report claiming a data breach.

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins

A hearing to convince a judge to approve Detroit's plan to restructure the city's debts has begun.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

UK construction growth surges

The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

December date for Autumn Statement

George Osborne is to deliver the Autumn Statement, an annual update on the state of the economy, on 3 December.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

Halliburton agrees oil spill deal

US oilfield firm Halliburton says it has agreed a $1.1bn settlement to meet the majority of claims against it for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Swiss economy stalls as EU slows

Switzerland's economy failed to grow in the second quarter of the year, official figures show, with trade affected by stagnation in the rest of Europe.

Aston Martin appoints new chief

UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin hires senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive.

Premier League clubs' spending spree

Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.

PPI complaint levels remain high

Complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) have fallen after last year's record, but remain at historically high levels, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

Dollar General raises bid for rival

Dollar General, the lead discount retailer in the United States, raises its bid for rival store Family Dollar to almost $9.1bn (£5.51bn).

More than 48,000 use Help to Buy

More than 48,000 homeowners have used the government's Help to Buy scheme since it started, figures show.

Water stress 'may curtail fracking'

Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute says.

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.

Consumer borrowing jumps in July

The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.

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".

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.

Brown issues warning over UK debt

Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

Mining tax repealed by Australia

Australia scraps a controversial mining tax after the government strikes a deal with business tycoon Clive Palmer's political party.

UK manufacturing growth 'slows'

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.

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.


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