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BT warns of rise in phone bills

BT warns millions of customers it is increasing prices by up to 6.5% from December this year.

Fed says 'slack' in US jobs market

US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".

Buying '£1,300 cheaper than renting'

First-time buyers now save £1,300 a year by taking out a mortgage rather than renting, according to Britain's largest lender, the Halifax.

Co-op Bank reports loss of £75.8m

The troubled Co-operative Bank cuts its pre-tax losses in the first half of the year, and cuts staff numbers by 13%.

HSBC boss in 'capital flight' claim

Uncertainty over an independent Scotland's currency could lead to "capital flight" from the country, the chairman of HSBC claims.

EDF to pay out £3m after complaints

EDF Energy is ordered to pay £3m after an Ofgem probe into the way the firm handled customer complaints, the last of the "big six" to make such a payment.

LSE rights issue to raise almost £1bn

The London Stock Exchange is raising £938m in a shareholders rights issue to help fund a £1.6bn US acquisition.

Argentina debt plan ruled 'illegal'

Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.

Three bids remain for bust shipyard

Administrators consider three bids for Ferguson Shipbuilders in Port Glasgow, which went bust last week.

Gap goes to India for new customers

US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and will launch the first two stores early next year.

US bank in record $16.7bn settlement

Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.

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.

Students fall victim to phone scam

Hundreds - possibly thousands - of students across the UK are falling victim to an expensive mobile phone scam, according to police.

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.

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).

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.

Eurozone growth slows in August

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

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.

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.

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.

2014 Games track goes to Grangemouth

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

Coventry to return to Ricoh Arena

Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.

VIDEO: How to have a day out on the cheap

Finance reporter Kevin Peachey looks at the popularity of attractions that are both free and those that charge an entrance fee and considers how you can keep costs down on a day out.

VIDEO: Will South Africa go into recession?

Lerato Mbele reports on whether South Africa will fall back into recession, ahead of the release of the country's latest GDP figures.

VIDEO: London Luton bottom of airport poll

Passengers should try to use the UK's smaller airports for a better holiday experience, a survey has suggested.


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