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Switching broadband is 'too costly'

Tens of thousands of broadband customers in the UK are having to pay "costly" charges to change supplier, Citizens Advice warns

WTO fails to seal global trade deal

The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.

China manufacturing growth speeds up

China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.

Tesla and Panasonic to build factory

Electric carmaker Tesla is to team up with Japanese electronics firm Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the US.

Gatwick staff to help with baggage

Gatwick Airport will bring in up to 45 of its own staff to help with luggage handling to ensure there is no repeat of last weekend's delays.

Adidas warns on profits and Russia

Adidas shares tumble after the sportswear maker issues a profit warning and says it will open fewer stores in Russia.

Argentina blames US for debt default

Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Warm weather hits British Gas profit

British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.

Lloyds profits hit by PPI charges

Profit at Lloyds Banking Group falls after it is hit by PPI mis-selling charges and a Libor rate-rigging settlement.

Euro prices deeper in 'danger zone'

The eurozone inflation rate falls by 0.4% in July, sliding further into what the European Central Bank describes as a "danger zone".

House price growth moderates in July

The growth in house prices is starting to moderate, according to the UK's biggest building society, the Nationwide.

Glazers in £88.7m Man Utd share sale

Manchester United's US owners will pocket about $150 million by selling more of their shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange.

Costly rural parcel charges tackled

The UK government unveils new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers living in remote areas.

New EU sanctions hit top Putin aides

A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.

Shell sees 'robust' profits rise

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban

A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'

Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Energy firms to 'double' margins

The big six energy firms are set to double their profit margins over the next year, according to estimates by the regulator, Ofgem.

HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts

HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed.

Personal insolvencies in sudden jump

There has been a sudden jump in the number of individuals becoming insolvent, in the steepest rise since 2010, according to government figures.

US economic growth surges by 4%

The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007

Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.

New banker rules 'could hurt London'

Bank of England plans to penalise badly-performing bankers could put London at a disadvantage as a financial centre, says banking industry body BBA.

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm

Baggit is one of India's most well-known handbag brands. Founder Nina Lekhi explains how it was created "by mistake".

The bakery in the middle of a desert

Why two Spanish sisters are growing wheat and baking bread in one of the most arid regions of Spain.

Business gurus answer your questions

Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

World Cup ads boost ITV profits

The World Cup and a revival in advertising revenues boost profits at the broadcaster ITV.

Ecclestone 'to settle' bribery case

Lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone say the Formula 1 boss is ready to pay a German bank 25 million euros ($34m; £20m) to settle a court case against him.

LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'

A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling.

Keeping the cyber thieves at bay

Keeping cyber thieves' paws off your data


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