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UK seeks extra power for winter
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:25 GMT

National Grid is seeking additional electricity supplies for winter after unexpected plant shutdowns have raised fears of potential shortages.

Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:49:12 GMT

The leaking of intimate photos of celebrities from iCloud accounts was due to a theft of log-in information, not a security breach, says Apple.

Laptop sales soar before university
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:38:43 GMT

The surge in sales of laptops for students getting ready to start university has become like a "mini-Christmas", say leading retailers.

Uber banned across Germany by court
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:12 GMT

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

Wall Street market report
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:38:46 GMT

Shares in Home Depot lead the Dow Jones index lower after a report claiming a data breach.

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:28:43 GMT

A hearing to convince a judge to approve Detroit's plan to restructure the city's debts has begun.

Boris Island airport plan 'not dead'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:20:55 GMT

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
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:36:54 GMT

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

December date for Autumn Statement
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:20:09 GMT

George Osborne is to deliver the Autumn Statement, an annual update on the state of the economy, on 3 December.

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:30:46 GMT

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

Halliburton agrees oil spill deal
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:42:30 GMT

US oilfield firm Halliburton says it has agreed a $1.1bn settlement to meet the majority of claims against it for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Swiss economy stalls as EU slows
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:35:03 GMT

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.

Aston Martin appoints new chief
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:59:13 GMT

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

Premier League clubs' spending spree
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:48:26 GMT

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
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:55:14 GMT

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).

Dollar General raises bid for rival
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:27:20 GMT

Dollar General, the lead discount retailer in the United States, raises its bid for rival store Family Dollar to almost $9.1bn (£5.51bn).

More than 48,000 use Help to Buy
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:34:21 GMT

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

Water stress 'may curtail fracking'
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:36:37 GMT

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

High-powered hairdryers under threat
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:01:07 GMT

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
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:10:15 GMT

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
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:16:18 GMT

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
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:25:34 GMT

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
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:09:41 GMT

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

Brown issues warning over UK debt
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:42:56 GMT

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

Mining tax repealed by Australia
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:45:08 GMT

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

UK manufacturing growth 'slows'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:19:02 GMT

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.

Georgian wines toast EU sales boost
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:57:19 GMT

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
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:01:11 GMT

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
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 23:02:37 GMT

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
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:56:51 GMT

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

England Women's Sevens turn pro
Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:03:37 GMT

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

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:24:55 GMT

Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.

AUDIO: Is conflict good or bad for insurers?
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:57:58 GMT

Bronek Masojada, chief executive of the insurance company Hiscox, analyses the effect of recent conflicts on the insurance market

VIDEO: The most future-proof profession?
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:01:16 GMT

BBC News talks to Ian Lowe, a blacksmith who teaches other people an ancient art he believes to be future-proof.

VIDEO: Card fraud in Asia 'costs $400m'
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:54:07 GMT

Card fraud in Asia costs banks $400m a year and is rising by up to 25% a year, according to software analytics firm Fico.

VIDEO: From slow summer to massive start-up
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:59:14 GMT

How three students took advantage of a strike by lecturers to create a massive online job site in Nigeria.

VIDEO: Lewis takes over as boss of Tesco
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:48:16 GMT

Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.

VIDEO: Dumpster divers seek out free food
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:06:15 GMT

As food prices in the US increase, more people are looking for sources of free food - including other people's garbage. The BBC went dumpster diving with "freegans" in New York City.

VIDEO: Chip and pin security fears revealed
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:39:41 GMT

Could chip and pin technology be open to a new type of "skimming" fraud which is being used to steal people's cash?

VIDEO: Saying 'I do' underwater in China
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:24:16 GMT

Why Chinese couples are queuing up to put on waterproof make-up and get their wedding pictures taken underwater.

Saving America’s honeybees
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:06:13 GMT

The Honey Queens fighting to save America's bees

The students behind Nigeria's online jobs giant
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:11:03 GMT

The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant

Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:19:16 GMT

Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

Vacuum cleaner debate hots up
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:33:49 GMT

How to beat new EU rules on vacuum cleaners.

Smile please, but hold your breath
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:23:44 GMT

Smile please, but hold your breath

How do you break up an 'old lady'?
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 23:02:57 GMT

How do you safely scrap an 'old lady'?

How your landlord could be a brand
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:16:25 GMT

How your landlord could soon be a corporate brand

Life in a rented wreck
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:37:32 GMT

What's it like living in a substandard home?