Retail sales rise less than expected

UK retail sales rise by 2.6% in July, up just 0.1% from June, figures from Office for National Statistics show.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 5:00 am

Ten days left to hoover up a cleaner

Anyone wanting to buy a powerful vacuum cleaner has only ten days left to buy one - following new EU rules that come in next month.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 4:51 am

Osborne under fire over Co-op deal

MPs demand details from Chancellor about possible political pressure over failed Co-op plan to buy 623 Lloyds branches.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 4:29 am

Public finances show £239m deficit

Government finances show an unexpected deficit in July for the second year running, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 4:22 am

Russia shuts four Moscow McDonald's

Russia's main consumer watchdog has shut a number of McDonald's restaurants in Moscow as part of an investigation into food standards.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 2:59 am

Labour to 'remove' bad energy firms

Labour pledges to give a new regulator the power to remove energy firms' licences, if it wins the next election.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 2:35 am

UK car production rises in July

More than 130,000 cars were made in the UK last month, a rise of 2.8%, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 2:07 am

Amazon in Shanghai e-commerce pact

US online retail giant Amazon steps up its presence in China with a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 11:34 pm

Australian winemaker reports a loss

Australian winemaker Treasury Wine Estates has reported its first annual loss due to slower sales in China and oversupply in the US market.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 8:47 pm

HP's sales inch up but profit falls

Computer giant Hewlett-Packard has reported a sharp fall in profit despite a rise in revenue helped by improved computer sales.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 8:42 pm

'Our economic system doesn't work'

Shopkeepers in Rome deal with reality of endless economic crisis

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:03 pm

UK's 'most generous town' revealed

Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:03 pm

The economic impact of Ebola

Ebola crisis has serious financial effect on West Africa

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:03 pm

Wall Street market report

US shares mostly closed higher on Wednesday despite minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting suggesting it may raise interest rates earlier than expected.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 4:25 pm

Myanmar's young tourism entrepreneurs

Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 2:01 pm

Self-employment at '40 year high'

The number of workers categorised as self-employed has risen to its highest in 40 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 10:06 am

Carillion gives up on Balfour bid

Construction firm Carillion admits defeat in its £2bn pursuit of rival Balfour Beatty after its third takeover offer was rejected.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 9:58 am

Macy's settles racial profiling cases

One of the most famous names in US retailing, Macy's, pays $650,000 to settle claims that it racially profiled and detained customers at its Manhattan outlet.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 9:57 am

Silverstone hopes to keep MotoGP

Silverstone bosses have not given up hope of retaining the British MotoGP, which is set to move to Wales.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 9:28 am

Russia tensions hit Carlsberg sales

Sales at the Danish brewer Carlsberg have been hit by falling consumption in Russia and Ukraine amid the crisis in the region.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 8:19 am

Pirates chairman appeals for support

Cornish Pirates chairman Ian Connell appeals to his side's fans to do their part to help the club's finances.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:58 am

Barcelona transfer ban appeal fails

Barcelona cannot sign players until 2016 once the current transfer window shuts, after Fifa reject their appeal over a ban.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:29 am

Argentina in plan to avoid US ruling

An emotional President de Kirchner says proposed legislation will return control of its debt to the government.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 6:17 am

Bank of England split over rate rise

Two out of nine members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee voted to raise interest rates earlier this month, the first time in three years that policymakers have done so.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 5:19 am

Mortgage lending highest since 2008

A total of £19.1bn is advanced to homebuyers in July, the Council of Mortgage Lenders says, amid warnings that the property market may face headwinds.

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 5:09 am