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UK economic growth picks up to 0.7%

UK economic growth accelerated to 0.7% in the second quarter of the year, helped by a big jump in oil and gas production.

Volkswagen overtakes Toyota in sales

Volkswagen became the world's biggest-selling vehicle maker in the first half of the year, overtaking Toyota for the first time.

Cameron plan 'won't stop dirty cash'

David Cameron's plans to crack down on "dirty money" being used to buy UK property have been criticised by tax and property experts.

Royal Mail 'broke competition law'

Communications regulator Ofcom accuses Royal Mail of breaching competition law after it proposed raising prices for its bulk mail delivery customers.

BP profits fall on low oil price

BP reports a sharp fall in underlying profits for the three months to the end of June as lower oil prices continue to hurt.

China shares continue to slide

Shares in mainland China continued their slide on Tuesday, a day after the Shanghai Composite index saw its biggest one-day drop in eight years.

ITV profits up 25% despite ratings fall

Half-year profits at ITV rose by 25% as revenue increased across all divisions, but the broadcaster's share of viewing across its channels fell 4%.

Next profit forecast up on sales rise

High Street clothing retailer Next says full-price sales rose by 3.5% in the half year to 25 July, and that profits will be higher than expected.

Zurich Insurance considers RSA bid

Zurich Insurance says it is considering a bid for the UK's RSA Insurance, the owner of the More Than brand.

Amazon launches music streaming in UK

Retailer Amazon enters the UK streaming market with Prime Music, a new service available to Amazon Prime customers as part of their annual subscription.

RSA leads FTSE higher after bid move

The FTSE 100 rises on a busy day for company news, with shares in RSA up nearly 15% after Zurich Insurance says it is considering a bid for the insurer.

UK is no place for dirty money - PM

Foreigners must be stopped from buying UK homes with "plundered" cash and a "global effort" is needed to beat corruption, David Cameron says.

Indian tycoon buys old Scotland Yard

One of India's richest men, Yusuffali Kader, has bought the original Scotland Yard site in Whitehall for £110m.

Gift cards for phones offer launched

Consumers can exchange old mobile phones for instant gift vouchers at catalogue retailer Argos.

VIDEO: Will gamers flock to Angry Birds 2?

Rovio Entertainment, creators of the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, are set to release their new game, Angry Birds 2, as Jeremy Howell reports.

VIDEO: 'Sorry, that's not GDP!'

BBC News explains how your daily activities can influence the calculation of GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, a key economic indicator.

VIDEO: Panic grips China's stock market

Shares in mainland China have recorded their biggest one-day fall for more than eight years following a sell-off towards the end of the trading day.

VIDEO: Hong Kong's huge anime convention

If you ever needed proof of the popularity of anime, comics and video games in Asia, you need look no further than Hong Kong.

VIDEO: Making medicine in a man's world

The BBC meets one woman running her own manufacturing plant near the city of Pune. Satya Vadlamani is the managing director of Murli Krishna Pharma.

VIDEO: Solar solution?

Could solar power help solve India's recurrent power shortages, or are government targets too ambitious?

VIDEO: From rugby caps to cappuccinos

How former Australian rugby union captain George Gregan built a food and hospitality business.

VIDEO: Aiming to hit a home run in China

Many of the world's biggest sports organisations see China as a key target in their global expansion plans, but cracking the market can be a whole new ball game.

Self-driving cars are a distant prospect

What's putting the brakes on driverless cars?

From rugby player to businessman

How a former Wallabies captain built a business empire

Iran looks for investment opportunities

Iran looks for investment opportunities

The Quirky business of inventions

The US firm which wants to get more things invented

See inside Versace's designer flats

The UK's first Versace-branded flats go on sale

Facing the future at the IMF

Facing the future at the IMF

What is the point of Twitter?

The dos and don'ts of Twitter for bosses

Drugs firms boost their dementia spending

How drugs firms are spending more on chronic illnesses

FT's new owner Nikkei eyes digital success

Nikkei's FT purchase thrusts it into global media spotlight

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VIDEO: Will gamers flock to Angry Birds 2?

Rovio Entertainment, creators of the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, are set to release their new game, Angry Birds 2, as Jeremy Howell reports.

VIDEO: 'Sorry, that's not GDP!'

BBC News explains how your daily activities can influence the calculation of GDP, or Gross Domestic Product, a key economic indicator.

VIDEO: Panic grips China's stock market

Shares in mainland China have recorded their biggest one-day fall for more than eight years following a sell-off towards the end of the trading day.

VIDEO: Hong Kong's huge anime convention

If you ever needed proof of the popularity of anime, comics and video games in Asia, you need look no further than Hong Kong.

VIDEO: Making medicine in a man's world

The BBC meets one woman running her own manufacturing plant near the city of Pune. Satya Vadlamani is the managing director of Murli Krishna Pharma.

VIDEO: Solar solution?

Could solar power help solve India's recurrent power shortages, or are government targets too ambitious?

VIDEO: From rugby caps to cappuccinos

How former Australian rugby union captain George Gregan built a food and hospitality business.

VIDEO: Aiming to hit a home run in China

Many of the world's biggest sports organisations see China as a key target in their global expansion plans, but cracking the market can be a whole new ball game.

VIDEO: Hackers expose Jeep security flaw

Fiat Chrysler has issued a safety recall affecting 1.4m vehicles in the US, after security researchers showed that one of its cars could be hacked.

VIDEO: Commissioner to tackle late payments

Small businesses that find themselves in difficulty because of late payments could be helped by the appointment of a new small business commissioner.

VIDEO: 'Glass-floor' block on social mobility

Robert Pigott reports on a study which shows middle-class families are stopping less well-off children from getting the better-paid jobs.

VIDEO: A Chinese restaurant dining guide

Renowned author and restaurateur Emma Chen explains whether you should ever knock a bowl with a chopstick, and whether using a fork in a Chinese restaurant is ok.

VIDEO: US capitalism: The gilded age

Comedian Colm O'Regan takes a look at how some people got very rich in the US in the 19th Century - but most didn't.

VIDEO: Zambia's attraction for the Chinese

What is it about Zambia that draws so many Chinese firms and people to it? The BBC's Kennedy Gondwe has been finding out.

VIDEO: Africa and China - easy relations?

From Mandarin lessons in schools to fridge companies, the BBC's Lerato Mbele takes a closer look at the relationship between the countries.

VIDEO: How has Amazon become so profitable?

As Amazon announces better-than-expected sales figures, Michelle Fleury explains how the company has become so profitable.

VIDEO: Mending India's broken down bikes

When people want their broken down motorbikes and scooters mended in India, many go to a mechanic. But one firm is trying to encourage the two-wheeler specialist market.

VIDEO: Why a smile could change this advert

How our emotions and biometrics could change the way advertising works.

VIDEO: Google Glass 'going to take time'

Tony Fadell, the man in charge of Google's troubled Glass computer, tells the BBC it is going to take time to get it right.

VIDEO: Iran plans to become tourist hotspot

Iran is hoping the nuclear deal it struck with six world powers will help turn the country into a global tourism hotspot.

VIDEO: Should shoppers pay for plastic bags?

Steph McGovern visits Stockport to find out if people there believe that people should pay for plastic bags.

VIDEO: Pearson sells Financial Times

Pearson publishing group sell the Financial Times to Japanese group Nikkei.

VIDEO: Meet India's champagne ambassador

Indian vineyards are now making their own sparkling wine, so is it a threat to French champagne? Simon Atkinson met India’s ambassador for champagne, Rajiv Singhal.

VIDEO: Toshiba boss: 'Apology from our hearts'

Toshiba's chief executive and president Hisao Tanaka has resigned after the company said it had overstated its profits for the past six years.

VIDEO: Apple watch texting: 'What's the point?'

Apple releases its first results since its watch went on sale - but don't expect any sales figures.

VIDEO: From blags to bakers: Transit turns 50

The trusty Ford Transit is a common sight on our roads and new research shows that van-dependent businesses contributed £120bn to the UK economy last year.

VIDEO: Will Cuba's economy be transformed?

As the US and Cuba restore their diplomatic relationship, what can Cubans expect for their country?

VIDEO: Premier League ‘helps' Asia football

Does the popularity of English Premier League in Asia mean local leagues have little chance of flourishing?

VIDEO: Putting the fizz into Indian wine

You might not associate India with wine, but the local industry has been growing over the past decade.

VIDEO: Cash compensations for rail delays

Rail passengers can now receive compensation for delays in cash rather than vouchers after criticism by consumer groups.

VIDEO: Indian steel firms on their mettle

Despite an expected growth in demand, India's domestic steel manufacturers are concerned about overseas competition.

VIDEO: Greece: A look at the scale of hardship

With Greek banks due to reopen with tight controls, millions out of work, and over a third of people at risk of poverty, the BBC's Mark Lobel looks at the scale of hardship in the country.

VIDEO: The motorcycling boss helping the poor

Indonesian entrepreneur Aldi Haryopratomo looks back on his life so far, and how a motorcycle trip inspired his business, Ruma.

VIDEO: Pixar bets on better image quality

The director and producer talk about bringing Pixar's latest film to the big screen

VIDEO: Greek restaurants to feel the pinch

The BBC's Mark Lowen reports from a traditional taverna in Greece on the likely impact of VAT rising from 13% to 23%.

VIDEO: Sunday deadline for £20 note nominations

Members of the public have just hours to nominate the new face of the £20 note before Sunday's deadline.

VIDEO: US capitalism: Alexander Hamilton

Comedian Colm O'Regan takes a look at the history of capitalism in the US and the role of Alexander Hamilton.

VIDEO: French lingerie for Indian women

Co-founders of Agaline, a lingerie company based in Delhi, talk about their business.

VIDEO: A luxury shopping list in Africa

The BBC's Milton Nkosi takes a look at what Africa's super-rich are spending their cash on.

VIDEO: Running a yacht in the Seychelles

Graham Gower explains what it takes to run and charter a luxury yacht.

VIDEO: Zimbabwe's 'mother and child' sculptor

Internationally acclaimed Zimbabwean sculptor Dominic Benhura tells the BBC about his work.

VIDEO: 'Very little hope for the future'

Tea shop owner Sakis Papatheodorou, who is heavily reliant on imports, says very few Greeks are hopeful about the future.

VIDEO: IPL cricket scandal 'to hit revenue'

Indranil Das, from the sports & entertainment management firm KWAN, says the Indian Premier League corruption scandal will lead to a loss of revenue.

VIDEO: Indonesia scrimps on Eid festivities

A tumbling currency has prompted many Indonesians to cut back on their Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

VIDEO: How special are special offers?

The competition regulator says it has found evidence that supermarkets are misleading customers with confusing pricing promotions.

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