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Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson says plans for an airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", are not dead despite a commission looking into the UK's airport needs rejecting the idea.

UK construction growth surges

The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'

The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

Aston Martin appoints new chief

UK luxury carmaker Aston Martin hires senior Nissan executive Andy Palmer as its new chief executive.

Premier League clubs' spending spree

Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.

PPI complaint levels remain high

Complaints about payment protection insurance (PPI) have fallen after last year's record, but remain at historically high levels, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS).

More than 48,000 use Help to Buy

More than 48,000 homeowners have used the government's Help to Buy scheme since it started, figures show.

Swiss economy stalls as EU slows

Switzerland's economy failed to grow in the second quarter of the year, official figures show, with trade affected by stagnation in the rest of Europe.

Uber banned across Germany by court

A court says the UberPop service must stop transporting passengers in Germany, but the American company refuses to suspend work.

Water stress 'may curtail fracking'

Water shortages could hinder fracking for shale oil and gas in many parts of the world, the World Resources Institute says.

Mining tax repealed by Australia

Australia scraps a controversial mining tax after the government strikes a deal with business tycoon Clive Palmer's political party.

London Market Report

The pound falls after a poll for the Sun and the Times indicates a rise in support for the pro-Scottish independence "Yes" campaign.

Japan wage growth surges in July

Japanese wages unexpectedly log their strongest increase since 1997, which may provide a boost to consumer confidence and spending.

Obama renews minimum wage push

President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements.

Brown issues warning over UK debt

Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

UK activist's Thailand trial begins

A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Russia and China launch gas pipeline

Russia and China begin the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.

High-powered hairdryers under threat

High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.

DVLA prints cut out and keep tax disc

Drivers will have to cut out their own vehicle tax discs during the death throes of the paper system, because the DVLA has run out of perforated paper.

Consumer borrowing jumps in July

The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.

Woodford sells HSBC over fine fears

One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".

Banks to reopen 2.5m PPI claims

Banks and card companies will reopen 2.5 million PPI mis-selling complaints amid claims of underpayment and rejection of compensation.

UK manufacturing growth 'slows'

Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.

Euro manufacturing at 13-month low

Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.

Airport expansion 'critical' for UK

A single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost

With the European Union ending import tariffs on Georgian products from 1 September, the country's winemakers and farmers are hopeful of increasing their exports to the EU.

Tunisia's first video games boss

A profile of Walid Sultan Midani, the founder of Tunisia's first video game development company, and his plans for global success.

Cleaning up Mali's rubbish

Entrepreneurs are trying to find ways to collect rubbish in Mali's capital city Bamako but they have nowhere to process it.

Rangers confirm £4m share issue plan

Rangers make new shares available to current shareholders and admit poor uptake could hinder payments to creditors.

England Women's Sevens turn pro

England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.


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