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Standard Chartered fined in US

British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $300m to New York's top banking regulator for failing to improve money laundering controls.

Balfour rejects third Carillion bid

Construction firm Balfour Beatty rejects a third takeover approach, worth more than £2bn, from rival Carillion.

Former Microsoft boss leaves firm

Former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer announces he is stepping down from the board with immediate effect.

China fines 12 Japan car parts firms

China levies a record fine totalling 1.24bn yuan ($202m; £121m) on twelve Japanese car parts companies for price-fixing.

Lehman bankers win pensions battle

More than 2,400 former Lehman Brothers bankers will have their pensions paid in full following a six-year legal battle.

Japanese exports rebound in July

Exports from Japan show a surprise pick-up in July, reigniting hopes of growth for the world's third largest economy.

Wall Street market report

Apple shares surged to a record high on Tuesday helping to drive shares on Wall Street up for a second consecutive day.

Australia's Woodside profit surges

Australia's Woodside Petroleum sees a 27% jump in first half profit, mainly driven by higher prices for its key product - liquefied natural gas.

Carillion sweetens Balfour offer

Carillion raises its offer for Balfour Beatty in a further bid to push through a merger of the two UK construction companies.

HTC unveils cheaper Windows M8 phone

The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system - the first in more than two years.

Rail fares to rise 3.5% for 2015

Regulated rail fares in England will rise by 3.5% in January 2015, following the release of inflation figures for July.

Inflation falls more than expected

The annual rate of UK inflation rate falls more than expected in July to 1.6% as the cost of clothing, footwear, food and non-alcoholic drinks eases during the month.

London drives house price increase

Annual house price inflation was 10.2% in the year to June, driven by a 19.3% London rise, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Payday brokers 'drain' bank accounts

Complaints about payday loan middlemen - so-called credit broking websites - have more than doubled in a year, the Financial Ombudsman says.

Bulgaria suspends South Stream

Bulgaria suspends work on the Russia-led South Stream project, a pipeline stretching across the Black Sea to southern and central Europe.

Operators bid to run rail networks

The shortlist of companies bidding to run rail networks in the north of England is announced by the government.

Facebook tags satire in news feeds

Facebook is testing a new feature that warns users of satirical content posted from sites like the Onion.

Should holiday email be deleted?

A German company has an innovative approach to holiday email - it just deletes all of it. Good idea?

Bank 'double billed late customers'

Bank of Scotland has been unfairly double billing customers who fell behind on their mortgages, a High Court judge in Belfast has ruled.

EE top in UK mobile performance

EE has again been ranked top overall in research comparing the performance of the UK's mobile networks, with Vodafone coming last.

Insurance cost drop 'masks divide'

Home and motor insurance premiums have dropped sharply, insurance brokers say, but the AA has highlighted big regional differences in costs.

UK oil forecasts 'too pessimistic'

Future North Sea oil and gas revenues could be six times higher than an economic watchdog has forecast, a report claims.

Alcohol tax urged to fund abstinence

A new tax on alcohol to fund abstinence-based treatment is among a number of measures to tackle drink and drug addiction recommended by a think tank.

Salmond to clarify currency stance

Alex Salmond says he will explain his currency stance in more detail in a televised BBC debate later this month.

How to crack the US market

The US retail market is a tough nut to crack, but there are a number of small UK firms who have managed to succeed in America.

A love of rugs that led to the stars

Christopher Sharp explains how his rug collecting hobby led to a multi-million pound business with a star-studded client list.

The designer taking his Xhosa heritage global

How one South African designer made his name using traditional Xhosa designs at Johannesburg Fashion Week.

Sky Blues owners appeal loan ruling

Coventry City's owners lodge an appeal against a decision that endorsed the city council loaning the firm that runs the Ricoh Arena £14m.

Premier League warns fans about Vines

The Premier League's told Newsbeat they're taking action to stop fans uploading unofficial goal Vines onto social media.

Finances a 'cause for grave concern'

Almost a quarter of British clubs surveyed say their finances "need attention or are cause for grave concern".


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