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GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

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 anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand

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.

Standalone TSB picks up customers

Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal

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 Pubs rejects offer from C&C

Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.

Job centres to get digital makeover

Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.

Qantas back on track to profit

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 reports increased losses

Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.

Tesco woes still weigh on FTSE

Troubled supermarket Tesco drags down London's benchmark FTSE 100 index for a second day running in early Friday trading.

China's property prices decline

China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.

Asian shares mixed on firm earnings

Asian shares were mixed on Friday after US markets closed higher on strong company results that boosted investor sentiment.

Brazilian firms up bid for Chiquita

Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.

Lorry tax take bigger than expected

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 court backs pregnant woman

Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.

New North Sea oil field discovered

Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.

UK retail sales fall in September

UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

Housing market in UK 'is cooling'

Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs

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.

New home building at seven-year high

Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures show.

Pension plan for regular job movers

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 growth forecast slashed

South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.

The king of discount voucher codes

How Mark Pearson, the boss of discount offers website My Voucher Codes, set up the business and became a self-made multi-millionaire.

The Chinese tycoon who loves animals

Huang Nubo, the founder of property and leisure giant Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, explains his unique approach to business.

Boom times for Ethiopia's coffee shops

As Ethiopia's economy continues to expand, business is growing strongly for coffee shops in the capital Addis Ababa.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'

Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Caterham could miss United States GP

Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

World Cup ticket sales near 1m

A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.

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