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Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

A Which? investigator was hired to write high-rated reviews online in return for free goods.

Worries among tenants over deposit return

A survey says nearly a fifth of private tenants have waited more than three months to get a deposit back.

Plastic recycling firms accused of abusing market

The Environment Agency is probing claims exporters are abusing the recycled plastics market.

Persimmon boss refuses to answer questions about £75m bonus

The boss of housebuilding firm Persimmon tells the BBC he'd "rather not talk about" his £75m bonus.

Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.

No-deal Brexit could hit food supplies, says Stena Line

Ferry operator Stena Line, which owns three UK ports, warns of disruption to food imports.

Government borrowing in September lowest since 2007

The drop may give Chancellor Philip Hammond room for manoeuvre in the upcoming Budget on 29 October.

Lakeside and Metrocentre owner boosted by £2.9bn bid

Shares in shopping centre owner Intu jump as it mulls a takeover bid from a consortium of investors.

Diesel and petrol ban should come much faster, say MPs

The government’s 2040 deadline for shifting to electric-powered cars criticised as 'unambitious'.

eBay revs up to take on Auto Trader in car ads

The online marketplace is acquiring Motors.co.uk, making it a "leading alternative" to Auto Trader.

China economy: Third quarter growth misses expectations at 6.5%

Growth in the world's second-largest economy cooled as Beijing battles rising financial threats.

Banks closures: 13 million people have lost half of local branches

Where have all the branches gone? BBC analysis finds nearly 6,000 local banks have closed since 2010.

Amazon creates 1,000 'highly skilled' jobs in three UK cities

Online retailer adds hundreds of "Silicon Valley" jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge.

Name checks to begin on bank payments

A recipient's name will be as critical as the account number and sort code when transferring money from July.

ESA underpayment: Who is entitled to backdated benefits?

There are 180,000 people who may be owed money from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Firms defy pressure over Saudi summit

Goldman Sachs and US Treasury Secretary will not be attending but many firms are still going.

'Mansize' tissue to 'housewife' pillowcase

Kleenex has stopped branding big tissues Mansize, but that's not the only gender-identifying product out there.

Just Eat: How clean is your takeaway?

A BBC investigation finds numerous zero rated takeaways on Just Eat, the UK's biggest online platform.

Canada cashes in on legal cannabis

The legalisation of cannabis in Canada could have a huge impact on the country's economy.

Crickets: The food of the future?

A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.

Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis says he owes his success to dyslexia

Businessman and former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has credited dyslexia for his success.

Sears: The slow death of a US retail giant

The decline of the former US shopping industry titan resulted in filing for bankruptcy.

Sophie Cornish: ‘Women, don’t be so hard on yourselves!’

"Women tend to be their own worst critics," says notonthehighstreet.com co-founder Sarah Cornish.

Hammond expects 'better economic outcomes' from Brexit deal

The chancellor says the pace is picking up on Brexit talks and a deal could lift the economy.

Kleenex bins 'Mansize' tissue brand

People complained that the branding, which has been in use for 60 years, was sexist.

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans

The credit-card-sized device is designed to help people take a break from their main phone.

'How could I find £3,000 to pay for my mum's funeral?'

With the average cost of a funeral on the rise, a growing number of people are looking for cheaper alternatives.

What's the point of concept cars?

Concept cars look beautiful and futuristic, but why spend millions on them if they're never going to make it into production?

US economy under Trump: Is it the best in history?

Is the US economy under President Trump the best it's ever been?

How the petrol and diesel ban will work

A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward by eight years to 2032, MPs say.

Should universal credit be paid weekly?

The system is meant to ape the "in-work experience" but campaigners say it creates problems.

When's a van a van and when's it a car?

The weird and wonderful ways companies adapt their products to get around trade tariffs.

When can I buy a 5G phone and how much will it be?

Superfast 5G mobile will require new handsets, but will the new services justify the extra expense?

Why dumping rubbish is a waste of money

Dumping rubbish is a waste of valuable resources, says Arthur Huang - and his company is showing why.

Why you shouldn't hug your colleagues

Whatever happened to the simple handshake at work? asks author Alison Green.

'School for politicians’ gets a taste of power

Tired of corruption, business people in Brazil come together to forge a new generation of lawmakers.

Harvard - should race count in university admissions?

The elite US university faces a legal challenge over its student selection policy but denies unfairness.

How California is changing the US

In privacy law, marijuana and minimum wage, California is shaping national debate.

Could chip fat help dirty shipping clean up its act?

Ships are the lifeblood of global trade, but their fuel is highly polluting. What's the answer?

'The lucky ones were often terrorised'

The plight of refugees fleeing war inspired Scottish businessman Charlie MacGregor to set up a charity to try to help.

What are UK's biggest export to Saudi

Trade links between the UK and Saudi Arabia have increased over the last decade.

The business behind Michelin stars

The unseen financial influence of the "Oscars of the restaurant industry".

Sky battles: Fighting back against rogue drones

Drones flying where they shouldn't has become a big problem, so how can we stop them?

What would it take for North Korea to join the IMF?

Joining would require the North to open up about its economy, but human rights are unlikely to be an issue.

Spotify: Albums are alive and kicking in the streaming age

As the UK's celebrates National Album Day, Spotify says albums "can still be absolutely monumental".

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'Mansize' tissue to 'housewife' pillowcase

Kleenex has stopped branding big tissues Mansize, but that's not the only gender-identifying product out there.

Just Eat: How clean is your takeaway?

A BBC investigation finds numerous zero rated takeaways on Just Eat, the UK's biggest online platform.

Canada cashes in on legal cannabis

The legalisation of cannabis in Canada could have a huge impact on the country's economy.

Crickets: The food of the future?

A Vietnamese start-up is betting on crickets as a way of keeping a growing world population fed.

Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis says he owes his success to dyslexia

Businessman and former Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis has credited dyslexia for his success.

Sears: The slow death of a US retail giant

The decline of the former US shopping industry titan resulted in filing for bankruptcy.

Sophie Cornish: ‘Women, don’t be so hard on yourselves!’

"Women tend to be their own worst critics," says notonthehighstreet.com co-founder Sarah Cornish.

Hammond expects 'better economic outcomes' from Brexit deal

The chancellor says the pace is picking up on Brexit talks and a deal could lift the economy.

What is the FTSE 100?

All you need to know about the FTSE 100.

Lessons from Jersey's full-fibre internet

The island of Jersey has completed the rollout of full-fibre internet to 40,000 homes and businesses.

How taking up yoga saved one City worker

Mariya Gancheva, a successful but "burned out" City of London banker, turned to yoga to successfully reduce her stress levels.

Gwyneth Paltrow on Goop: We disagree with pseudoscience claims

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow responds to criticism of her controversial lifestyle brand, Goop.

The fall of Nokia: How this Finnish city fought back

Thousands lost their jobs in the remote Finnish city of Oulu - but locals weren't prepared to accept defeat.

Amsterdam's canal boats go electric

All of Amsterdam's boats must go electric by 2025, but switching to electric is not straightforward.

'People ask me where the doctor is'

Dr Hayaatun Sillem is the first female CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Shopping through the eyes of someone with autism

For Connor Ward, shopping can be an overwhelming and stressful experience.

The world’s first fully-autonomous indoor farm

The world’s first fully-autonomous indoor farm in San Carlos, California, is now operational.

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