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Alibaba set to announce share price

Chinese online giant Alibaba is expected to set the price of its shares later in what could be a record-breaking initial public offering in New York.

Bondholders offer Phones 4U deal

Holders of bonds issued by stricken retailer Phones 4U have said they will cut back what they are owed in an effort to save the business.

Clash over car tax disc changes

Motorist organisation, the RAC, and the DVLA have clashed over the policing of car tax with claims of increased evasion amid changes to the system.

Vacuum cleaner boost for retail sales

UK retail sales rose by 0.4% during August, helped by shoppers looking to snap up high-powered vacuum cleaners ahead of an EU ban on the products.

ECB stimulus offer sees low take-up

A European Central Bank measure designed to stimulate the flagging eurozone economy has seen a low initial take-up by banks.

Airlines' luggage surcharges 'legal'

Airlines are within their rights to charge a supplement to customers checking-in their luggage, a court rules.

Mortgage appetite 'starting to wane'

Borrowers' appetite for home loans is "starting to wane" despite an annual rise in mortgage lending, a lenders' group says.

Irish economy bounces back strongly

The Irish government upgrades growth forecasts for 2014 after the economy grew by a stronger-than-expected 1.5% in the April-to-June quarter.

NewsCorp: Google platform for piracy

NewsCorp's chief executive writes strongly worded letter calling for a tougher approach from the EU to search giant Google.

US Fed to end stimulus in October

The US Federal Reserve says it will raise interest rates once a "considerable time" has passed after its stimulus programme ends in October.

London Market Report

The FTSE 100 rises, but shares in French Connection dive nearly 9% despite the fashion retailer reporting narrower losses.

Russia to extend media controls

A bill to restrict foreign ownership in Russia's media will go before the Russian parliament, dominated by allies of President Putin.

Japan trade deficit narrows in August

Japan narrows its trade deficit in August as a fall in imports lowers the country's energy bill for the month.

Sony shares tumble on loss warning

Sony shares plunged by up to 12% in Tokyo trading after it warned of a bigger than expected annual loss because of its mobile business.

India and China sign landmark deals

India and China sign 12 agreements, one of which will see China investing $20bn in India's infrastructure over five years.

Ebola can 'ruin W Africa economies'

The Ebola outbreak could have a catastrophic economic impact on three West African countries, the World Bank says.

'Thousands lie' on motor cover forms

A total of 180,675 fraudulent applications for motor insurance were detected by the industry last year, a trade body says.

Bosses and cash vanish at shoe firm

Chinese footwear firm Ultrasonic has announced the disappearance of its chief executive and chief operating officer, along with most of its cash.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Bank 'tops customer service ratings'

Online bank First Direct has topped a customer service league compiled by consumer group Which?, with Npower ranked bottom.

UK jobless rate falls to 2008 low

The UK rate fell to 6.2% in the three months to the end of July, while the number claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has dipped below one million.

US consumer prices fall in August

US consumer prices fell in August for the first time since April 2013, Labor Department figures show.

China 'injects $81bn' into top banks

China's central bank is said to be injecting 500bn yuan ($81bn; £50bn) into the five biggest state-owned banks to counter slowing growth.

Eurozone inflation revised to 0.4%

The eurozone inflation rate held steady at 0.4% in August, slightly higher than the original estimate of 0.3%, revised Eurostat figures show.

How to be a big fish in a small pond

Singaporean businessman Kenny Yap says he aims to be the world's biggest tropical fish exporters: "I like being a big fish in a small pond," he tells the BBC.

Picking the best business location

Choosing where to locate your business is a vital decision for any new start-up, as business reporter Perry King reports from Canada.

The start-up boss rejected 45 times

Nick Hungerford, the founder and boss of online investment company Nutmeg, talks about how he set up the business.

Radisson halts Vikings sponsorship

Hotel chain Radisson suspends its sponsorship of NFL team Minnesota Vikings after one of their players was charged with child abuse.

US firm assessing offer for Tottenham

US private investment company Cain Hoy Enterprises confirms it is considering a takeover offer for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Man United predicts fall in profit

Manchester United predicts profit and revenue to fall as a result of its failure to qualify for Champions League.


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