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Alibaba raises price of share sale

Chinese online giant Alibaba increases the price range of its initial public offering, meaning it could raise more than $25bn when it lists in New York.

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn

Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

Gaultier quits ready-to-wear clothes

French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier is to stop making ready-to-wear clothes for both men and women, and will focus on "haute couture" and perfume.

Air France warns disruption to rise

Air France has warned that disruption will get worse as a week-long strike by its pilots continues.

Apple releases U2 album removal tool

Apple releases a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts in response to complaints six days after giving away the music for free.

OECD sees global economy held back

A slow recovery among nations using the euro is holding back the global economy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.

M&S offers online education courses

The High Street retailer is entering online education with the launch of a business course with Leeds University.

Phones 4U shops closing for business

Retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration putting 5,596 jobs at risk, as network provider EE joins Vodafone in not renewing its contract.

Business urges post-referendum unity

A leading Scottish business group calls for the country to unite "to drive Scotland forward", whatever the referendum result.

Private equity firm drops Iomart bid

Private equity firm Cinven has pulled out of a takeover bid for Glasgow-based cloud computing specialist Iomart.

Uganda predicts bigger coffee crop

Uganda's coffee farmers are looking forward to a bigger harvest of beans this year thanks to more rain

Heineken rejects SABMiller offer

Dutch brewing giant Heineken has rejected a takeover offer from SABMiller saying the proposal is "non-actionable".

Consumer gripes to water firms fall

Written complaints made by customers to their water providers have fallen for the sixth year in a row in England and Wales, figures from a watchdog show.

Debate over gambling 'controls'

Four of Britain's biggest bookmakers have pledged to promote responsible gambling but campaigners say the move falls far short of what is needed.

Home ownership 'exclusive club'

The National Housing Federation says first time buyers need 10 times the deposit they did in the 1980s making home ownership an exclusive members' club.

Small business confidence grows

Confidence among small business continues to improve, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Thai tuna firm nets Norwegian rival

The world's biggest producer of canned tuna, Thai Union Frozen Products, is buying Norwegian seafood firm King Oscar for an undisclosed sum.

Design contest opens for new £1 coin

The public is being invited to take part in a design competition to create an image which will be emblazoned onto a new £1 coin, the Treasury says.

Google worker lived a year on campus

Three Google workers recall living for months at a time at the firm's headquarters in California taking advantage of the perks it offers.

Which UK city is best for lifestyle?

Where's the best place in the country to live? It's the Welsh city of Cardiff which scores highest according to a range of economic and social indicators.

Housing market 'reaches plateau'

The housing market is beginning to level out, according to a nationwide survey of chartered surveyors.

Tenants may win eviction protection

Nine million private tenants in the UK could be given extra protection from landlords who try to evict them.

US strengthens sanctions on Russia

The US imposes new sanctions on major Russian banks, defence and energy firms, hours after a similar move by the European Union.

UK to refund Chinese tourist visas

Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK.

US retail sales driven by car buying

US retail sales rose by 0.6% in August, compared with the previous month, driven by car purchases, the US Commerce Department says.

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.

Kenya's business beauty queen

Terry Mungai has built a beauty empire, including 12 salons, three training schools, the Miss World Kenya franchise and now a cosmetics shop.

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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