The economy expanded by 0.7% in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.
Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.
Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.
Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.
Troubled supermarket Tesco drags down London's benchmark FTSE 100 index for a second day running in early Friday trading.
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday after US markets closed higher on strong company results that boosted investor sentiment.
Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.
A new tax on foreign heavy goods lorries coming to the UK could rake in twice as much as the government expected, new figures suggest.
Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.
UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.
Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.
Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.
Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.
Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures show.
Thousands of people who move jobs regularly will no longer be pushed into cashing in or moving their workplace pension, under government plans.
South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.
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As Ethiopia's economy continues to expand, business is growing strongly for coffee shops in the capital Addis Ababa.
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.
Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.
A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.
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