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Used car buyers 'need more support'

Better protection is needed for consumers buying used cars, says a commission studying the high level of complaints against the sector.

Card firms 'fail' on rights advice

Many financial providers are failing to properly explain the protection shoppers have when something goes wrong with a credit card purchase, consumer group Which? suggests.

Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP

The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.

Asda faces mass action on equal pay

Asda, the UK's second largest retailer, is facing a mass legal action over equal pay by women who work in its stores.

Ukraine-Russia 'consensus' over gas

Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.

Ford profits fall on new truck costs

Ford reports a sharp fall in profits, largely due to the cost of developing its new F-150 pickup truck.

GDP rises by 0.7% in third quarter

The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.

Dolce & Gabbana cleared in tax case

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.

Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal

Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.

Hailo says Uber blocked investors

After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.

Standalone TSB picks up customers

Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.

Rental costs 'up 1% in a year'

The cost of renting a home in Britain rose by 1% in the year to September, with the fastest growth seen in London and Scotland, official statistics show.

Spirit Pubs rejects offer from C&C

Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.

Job centres to get digital makeover

Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal

Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

Qantas back on track to profit

Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.

Call to scrap term-time holiday ban

Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.

Housing market in UK 'is cooling'

Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.

Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs

Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.

UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand

UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.

China's property prices decline

China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.

New home building at seven-year high

Builders are preparing to construct new UK homes at a rate not seen since the before the financial crisis, new figures show.

Can data predict the perfect entrepreneur?

Future entrepreneurs are being cherry-picked using data analysis by a venture capital business looking to get to start-ups earlier than its competitors.

The king of discount voucher codes

How Mark Pearson, the boss of discount offers website My Voucher Codes, set up the business and became a self-made multi-millionaire.

The Chinese tycoon who loves animals

Huang Nubo, the founder of property and leisure giant Beijing Zhongkun Investment Group, explains his unique approach to business.

'Hold Qatar World Cup in May'

Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.

Caterham could miss United States GP

Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.

World Cup ticket sales near 1m

A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.

VIDEO: Using Facebook to get a pay rise

BBC News speaks to the creators of Smarpshare, who want employees to become brand ambassadors for their firms.

VIDEO: The Indian coal mines in Australia

Several large Indian companies are developing their own mines in Australia, but environmentalists are concerned for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Spicing up the supermarket shelves

India's Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) shows how many Indians' lifestyles are changing - it's now selling pre-packed spices to its customers.

VIDEO: Namibian house prices create slums

Tamasin Ford reports on the effects of rapidly rising house prices in Windhoek, Namibia.

VIDEO: Lesotho's trout farming fortune

Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.

VIDEO: WTA tennis finals 'historic moment'

The Women's Tennis Association finals are being held in Asia for the first time. Sharanjit Leyl speaks to the chair and chief executive of the WTA, Stacey Allaster.

VIDEO: Infosys 'will be pioneer once again'

Infosys boss Vishal Sikka says the Indian software giant is bouncing back after struggling in recent years.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

Elections highlight economic divisions in Brazil

Brazil's election highlights huge economic disparities

How to reduce your Inheritance Tax

How to keep the tax man at bay when you pass it on

Silicon Valley's billion dollar failures

Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures

China's billionaires' club

A peek inside the richest club in China

The Brazilian walk-in siesta centres

Renting a cubicle for a power nap

Tesco's next move: Expert views

How can the supermarket turn its fortunes around?

How to manage a fast-growing firm

The risks facing firms that grow too fast

India's love affair with gold set to deepen

Why India's love affair with gold is deepening

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VIDEO: Using Facebook to get a pay rise

BBC News speaks to the creators of Smarpshare, who want employees to become brand ambassadors for their firms.

VIDEO: The Indian coal mines in Australia

Several large Indian companies are developing their own mines in Australia, but environmentalists are concerned for the future of the Great Barrier Reef.

VIDEO: Spicing up the supermarket shelves

India's Mahashian Di Hatti (MDH) shows how many Indians' lifestyles are changing - it's now selling pre-packed spices to its customers.

VIDEO: Namibian house prices create slums

Tamasin Ford reports on the effects of rapidly rising house prices in Windhoek, Namibia.

VIDEO: Lesotho's trout farming fortune

Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.

VIDEO: WTA tennis finals 'historic moment'

The Women's Tennis Association finals are being held in Asia for the first time. Sharanjit Leyl speaks to the chair and chief executive of the WTA, Stacey Allaster.

VIDEO: Infosys 'will be pioneer once again'

Infosys boss Vishal Sikka says the Indian software giant is bouncing back after struggling in recent years.

VIDEO: 'Do you think I lack imagination?'

Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".

VIDEO: Future-gazing at TechCrunch London

As the annual TechCrunch event for tech start ups comes to London for the first time, David Grossman goes to investigate.

VIDEO: Is Asian philanthropy on the rise?

As the ranks of Asia's wealthy have swelled, philanthropic giving has increased. Rico Hizon speaks to Christina Tung from UBS about the future of giving in Asia.

VIDEO: Don't crash: How to grow fast safely

Leadership expert Steve Tappin talks to Chinese bosses about the dos and don'ts of managing a firm which is growing very quickly.

VIDEO: Payday lenders hit back at critics

Payday lenders strike back against criticism that they leave customers worse off.

VIDEO: Tesco scandal highlights supplier ties

As Tesco prepares to give an update on Wednesday into the accounting scandal that stunned the city earlier this month, the BBC's Emma Simpson examines the relationship between suppliers and supermarkets.

VIDEO: 'Knowledge economy' changing the north

New research suggests that what's known as the "knowledge economy" is growing faster in the north-east of England and Northern Ireland than anywhere else.

VIDEO: More powers 'would boost UK cities'

Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study has concluded.

VIDEO: Diwali sees Asia retail sales spike

The Hindu festival of Diwali has a big impact on the economies of India and other Asian countries. Sharanjit Leyl reports from Singapore.

VIDEO: Bringing internet to India's poorest

More than a billion Indians don't use the internet - and addressing that was the focus of a summit in Delhi where Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg was the star attraction.

AUDIO: Nigeria's vibrant media industry

How Nigeria's media industry could become one of the world's most vibrant

VIDEO: Singapore's philanthropic dynasty

How the Tan family runs a charitable foundation out of its 1930s Singapore mansion, while Singapore struggles to think charitably.

VIDEO: 'Australia does not have to take sides'

Australia's former foreign minister Bob Carr says it is important they remain neutral over a territorial dispute between China and Japan.

VIDEO: 'CHAPS problem delayed my move'

House movers, including Aidan Myles from Chorlton, faced delays after the Bank of England stopped an automated system that transfers billions of pounds between banks for much of the day.

VIDEO: New president has long to-do list

Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo officially starts in the top job today, but pushing through his reform programme won't be easy.

VIDEO: Charge for carrier bags in Scotland

A public awareness campaign is being launched to highlight the carrier-bag charge which has come into force in Scotland.

VIDEO: Big league for gamers in Seoul

Tens of thousands of fans turn out to watch competitors play each other at the League of Legends World Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

VIDEO: Who could benefit from cheaper fuel?

Drivers could benefit if savings from a drop in petrol and diesel wholesale prices are passed on, but the Petrol Retailers' Association says smaller forecourts could suffer.

VIDEO: 'Cold call' pension scam warning

Changes in the rules surrounding pensions could lead to more people being persuaded to transfer their savings to risky investment schemes, some of which may be fraudulent.

VIDEO: Switching sites 'hiding' best deals

Five of the UK's biggest price comparison sites are accused of "hiding" the best energy deals from consumers - by one of their rivals.

VIDEO: Counting the cost of learning to drive

Learning to drive can be a tricky hurdle to overcome no matter however old you are, but for many young drivers the financial cost can be a particular challenge.

VIDEO: Oysters flourish again in Swansea

Oyster fishing is set to make a comeback in Wales after marine biologists reintroduced 40,000 oysters into Swansea Bay.

VIDEO: Will thumbprint tech mean end of PIN?

Credit and debit cards with thumb print sensors built in could one day do away with the need to use codes, PINs and passwords.

VIDEO: Tens of thousands march over pay

Tens of thousands of people have joined protests calling for an increase in pay following a week of industrial action organised by unions.

VIDEO: 'Find new ways to put consumer first'

Five of the UK's biggest price comparison websites are being accused of hiding the best energy deals from consumers by one of their rivals.

VIDEO: Interest rates 'lower for longer'

Interest rates should remain low to avoid long-term economic stagnation, the chief economist at the Bank of England has said.

VIDEO: The clean-up sweeping through India

Narendra Modi has launched a campaign to clean up India's notoriously dirty streets and public buildings, but will it last?

VIDEO: Nalli Silks: The luxury sari firm

Once made for Indian and British royalty, Nalli Silks - a family-run business - is cautiously expanding throughout India and abroad.

VIDEO: Africa's plastic recycling entrepreneur

The BBC's Tamasin Ford talks to entrepreneur Philippe Yoda, whose innovations in plastic recycling have taken him all over the world.

VIDEO: The 'concept cars' money cannot buy

The car industry jamboree known as the Paris Motor Show is wrapping up on the outskirts of the French capital.

VIDEO: India's quest to get people online

One billion people are still not connected to the internet in India and cost is the main barrier. So authorities are looking at ways to get more people online.

VIDEO: The world's fastest ambulance?

The world's fastest ambulance has been revealed at the Gitex technology show in Dubai.

AUDIO: Whither the global economy?

US shares crept lower on Thursday, tracking big losses on European and Asian stock markets

VIDEO: Top 1% 'own half global wealth'

The richest 1% own nearly half the world's wealth, a Credit Suisse report estimates - the BBC investigates in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: Huawei boss gives first TV interview

Huawei's chief executive Guo Ping gives his first ever TV interview to the BBC's Linda Yueh, and explains why the firm doesn't need the US market.

VIDEO: How easy it is to employ disabled people?

EmployAbility's Tab Ahmad on the challenges for employers and candidates about positions for people with disabilities

VIDEO: Will robots replace humans?

In Singapore, both government research agencies and businesses are looking at new ways to use robots for wider commercial purposes.

VIDEO: Chinese billionaire Huang Nubo unveiled

Huang Nubo is one of China's wealthiest men, but what has driven his success?

VIDEO: Employment at Tata plants 'toppy'

The founder of the firm seeking to buy some of Tata Steel's UK operations, which employ around 6,000 workers, says that the employment levels at the plants look "toppy".

VIDEO: Crackdown on scam mail fraudsters

More £100,000 has been returned to victims of postal scams thanks to a special initiative between National Trading Standards and the Royal Mail.

VIDEO: Osborne: Still too many without work

UK unemployment fell by 154,000 in the three months to the end of August to 1.97 million, the first time it has been below two million since 2008, official figures show.

VIDEO: Asia's poverty 'underestimated'

The number of people who live in poverty across the Asia-Pacific region is being vastly underestimated according to the Asian Development Bank.

AUDIO: New pension rules explained

Ros Altman, the government's tsar for older people, explains proposed changes to pensions rules.

VIDEO: How many would pay a mansion tax?

There are questions over the details of Labour and Lib Dem plans for a mansion tax on the most expensive properties.

VIDEO: 'Double Irish' tax structure closes

The Republic of Ireland's Irish finance minister announces he is abolishing the controversial "Double Irish" tax structure that exploited international differences in tax rules.

VIDEO: Tycoon sings We are the World to reporter

Chinese billionaire Chen Guangbiao may be the country's most generous yet controversial philanthropist, as John Sudworth reports.

VIDEO: Battersea's revamp powers ahead

The Malaysian company planning to re-develop London's landmark Battersea Power Station is moving ahead with the project, according to one of its executives.

VIDEO: India's inflation shows signs of easing

Latest data from India shows that the problem of rising prices is continuing. But at least the increases are now happening at a slower pace.

VIDEO: Time marches on for watchmaker Titan

While Indian watchmaker HMT winds up business, Sameer Hashmi visits its slick, domestic rival, Titan.

VIDEO: UK government to sell Eurostar stake

The UK government is seeking buyers for its 40% stake in the cross-Channel train operator Eurostar to help boost the public finances but Labour warns against a "rushed" sell-off.

VIDEO: Designed In China: The facts

Animated graphic illustrating the advances China is making from a manufacturer to a designer of goods and products

VIDEO: Work starts on new Royal Navy warship

Work begins on the first of three Royal Navy warships at BAE Systems yards on the River Clyde in Glasgow.

VIDEO: Football in India set for kick-off

Can football really attract fans in India, the land of cricket? The BBC's Sameer Hashmi reports.

VIDEO: Winemakers shake-up the industry

Winemaking in South Africa is a multi-billion dollar industry, but it has not always been a sparkling success.

VIDEO: SA's small-scale fishing threat

As small-scale fishing on South-Africa's west coast declines, fishermen in Saldanha Bay are concerned their way of life may disappear entirely.

VIDEO: What businesses want from Europe

British Chambers of Commerce views on trading and exporting to Europe and UK relations with the EU.

VIDEO: IMF, World Bank to tackle global growth

Finance ministers, IMF and World Bank officials are gathering to explore how to get the global economy back on track.

AUDIO: From cleaner to executive director

An ex-cleaning lady has become the new executive director of Suffolk brewer Adnams after rising through the ranks.

VIDEO: GoPro makes surfer boss a billionaire

The tiny high definition camera called the GoPro has made its founder and chief executive a multi-billionaire after it was floated.

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