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UK seeks extra power for winter

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

Celebrity leaks 'no breach' - Apple

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

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

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

Wall Street market report

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

Detroit's bankruptcy battle begins

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'

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.

December date for Autumn Statement

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%'

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

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

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

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).

Dollar General raises bid for rival

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Villa appoint Fox as chief executive

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?

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?

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saving America’s honeybees

The Honey Queens fighting to save America's bees

The students behind Nigeria's online jobs giant

The student entrepreneurs behind Nigeria's online jobs giant

Windows XP: Your upgrade experiences

Readers share their experiences of replacing their operating system

Vacuum cleaner debate hots up

How to beat new EU rules on vacuum cleaners.

Smile please, but hold your breath

Smile please, but hold your breath

How do you break up an 'old lady'?

How do you safely scrap an 'old lady'?

How your landlord could be a brand

How your landlord could soon be a corporate brand

Life in a rented wreck

What's it like living in a substandard home?

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AUDIO: Is conflict good or bad for insurers?

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?

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIDEO: Powerful vacuum cleaner sales spike

From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts and it has led to a sharp rise in sales.

VIDEO: India and Japan PMs meet in Tokyo

India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, meets Japan's Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on his first major foreign visit since taking office.

VIDEO: Tesco shares drop on profit warning

Shares in Tesco reached an 11-year low after the firm cut its full-year profit forecast to £2.4bn from £2.8bn.

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs

Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6000 jobs, nearly a third of its staff, as part of a recovery plan following the loss of two planes this year.

VIDEO: Middle East's first coffee museum

Dubai-based coffee trader Khalid Al Mulla, takes the BBC on a tour of his new coffee museum.

VIDEO: Building Dubai's 'heart of Europe'

After years of inactivity, work has started again in Dubai on its World islands project, as Howard Johnson reports.

VIDEO: Is India's business morale growing?

Sameer Hashmi visits a shoe factory in Mumbai and follows the products from the factory floor to the shop window.

VIDEO: Lesotho's water is 'liquid gold'

Could the water resources in Lesotho pull its people out of poverty? Lerato Mbele reports.

VIDEO: Ghana's gold mine suspension

The suspension of operations at a gold mine in the Ghanaian town of Obuasi, is having a major impact on the local economy.

AUDIO: How much should an ebook cost?

The US online retailer Amazon and French publisher Hachette are arguing over the cost of ebooks to those buying the products for their tablets and machines.

VIDEO: Qantas still facing strong headwinds

As Qantas announces its biggest ever financial loss for the year ending in June, concern is mounting over whether it will need further foreign investment to keep airborne.

VIDEO: Israel tourism feels the strain

Israeli hoteliers are demanding millions of dollars in compensation from the state over the Gaza conflict, and Palestinian businesses are also suffering.

VIDEO: Is independence good or bad for business?

Kamal Ahmed reports on whether businesses think a split from the UK would be good or bad for business.

VIDEO: Phones to come with 'kill switch'

A new law has been passed meaning that smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen.

VIDEO: Scots independence: Business views

Two business chief executives give their opinions on whether independence would be good for Scotland's businesses.

VIDEO: RBS mortgages chief: 'Won't happen again'

Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million for "serious failings" in its mortgage sales business.

VIDEO: Will China's yoghurt craze pay off?

With falling milk prices, companies are looking at other ways to make money, and Mengniu Dairy, China's biggest, has recently decided to venture into the yoghurt business.

VIDEO: What next for worker pay in Asia?

A new survey has shown that while salaries across the Asia Pacific are set to increase by an average of 7% next year, the higher cost of living will probably chew up most of the extra money.

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