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Airline axes Gatwick bag handler

Leisure airline Monarch terminates its contract with Swissport, one of the baggage-handling companies at Gatwick airport, after weekend chaos.

Warm weather hits British Gas profit

British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.

Argentina defaults for second time

Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders end in failure.

Lloyds profits hit by PPI charges

Profit at Lloyds Banking Group falls after it is hit by PPI mis-selling charges and a Libor rate-rigging settlement.

House price growth moderates in July

The growth in house prices is starting to moderate, according to the UK's biggest building society, the Nationwide.

Glazers in £88.7m Man Utd share sale

Manchester United's US owners will pocket about $150 million by selling more of their shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange.

Eurozone inflation falls to 0.4%

The eurozone inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since the height of the financial crisis, adding pressure on the European Central Bank to intervene again.

New guidance on delivery charges

The UK government unveils new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers living in remote areas.

New EU sanctions hit top Putin aides

A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.

Shell sees 'robust' profits rise

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.

Diageo sales hit by China slowdown

Drinks giant Diageo reports a fall in net sales after being hit by a slowdown in China and other emerging markets.

London Market Report

The FTSE 100 gets off to a strong start in early Thursday trading, boosted by a strong crop of results from blue-chip companies.

Russia told to pay Yukos investors

Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.

Sony's profits jump on sales of PS4

Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.

Portuguese bank in 3.6bn euros loss

Portugal's troubled lender, Banco Espirito Santo, reports a bigger-than-expected loss of 3.6bn euros for the first six months of the year.

Samsung profit hit by phone slowdown

Profits at Samsung Electronics fall 20% in the second quarter, hurt mainly by a slowdown in smartphone sales and a strong Korean currency.

India's Tata set to invest $35bn

Tata, India's biggest business group, is set to invest $35bn over the next three years in areas including retail and defence.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban

A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'

Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Energy firms to 'double' margins

The big six energy firms are set to double their profit margins over the next year, according to estimates by the regulator, Ofgem.

HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts

HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed.

Personal insolvencies in sudden jump

There has been a sudden jump in the number of individuals becoming insolvent, in the steepest rise since 2010, according to government figures.

US economic growth surges by 4%

The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007

Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.

New banker rules 'could hurt London'

Bank of England plans to penalise badly-performing bankers could put London at a disadvantage as a financial centre, says banking industry body BBA.

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm

Baggit is one of India's most well-known handbag brands. Founder Nina Lekhi explains how it was created "by mistake".

The bakery in the middle of a desert

Why two Spanish sisters are growing wheat and baking bread in one of the most arid regions of Spain.

Business gurus answer your questions

Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

World Cup ads boost ITV profits

The World Cup and a revival in advertising revenues boost profits at the broadcaster ITV.

Ecclestone 'to settle' bribery case

Lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone say the Formula 1 boss is ready to pay a German bank 25 million euros ($34m; £20m) to settle a court case against him.

LA Clippers sale 'can go ahead'

A US judge rules that the LA Clippers basketball team can be sold, despite the objections of banned co-owner Donald Sterling.

Your solo dining experiences

Your experiences of going out for meals on your own

Can one bad blog blight a business?

How can firms defend themselves against irate reviews?

Succession planning in Taiwan

The tricky business of succession planning in Taiwanese companies

Argentina in denial over debt dispute

Call it something else, says Argentina's president

Russia sanctions: Who will be hurt the most?

Which side could be hurt the most?

The reindeer herders battling a mine

The reindeer herders fighting an iron ore mine in northern Sweden

The tech firm helping a tough area

The tech firm helping San Francisco's tough Tenderloin area

Shakespeare's Globe: Theatrical laboratory

Turning Shakespeare's theatre into a living laboratory

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VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs

Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.

VIDEO: Piano maker Steinway eyes Asia growth

One of the world's best known piano manufacturers, Steinway, is seeing a rise in demand from Asian countries such as China.

VIDEO: Centrica boss defends gas prices

Centrica's Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw has told the BBC gas use is down as result of warmer weather, but has batted off criticism that bills could be reduced further because of lower wholesale prices.

VIDEO: Cable 'felt safe' in driverless car

Driverless cars are set to take to the roads in the UK from next January, they will guided by a system of sensors and cameras.

VIDEO: New tech opens doors for jobseekers

New technology is opening up whole new careers to young jobseekers who may be having difficulty getting into more established professions.

VIDEO: Taiwan firms struggle with succession

Not many family businesses in Taiwan find it so easy to hand over the reins, especially companies started during the boom years of the country's industrialisation.

VIDEO: HSBC closes Muslim groups' accounts

HSBC bank has told three Muslim organisations that they are to have their accounts closed.

VIDEO: Making money out of social media

Samira Hussain reports from New York on the opportunities opened up by technology that did not even exist a few years ago.

VIDEO: Airlines 'don't make enough money'

As well as the aviation disasters of recent months, airlines are being affected by aggressive competition and economic uncertainty.

VIDEO: What price for free wi-fi?

How businesses hope to learn more about us by offering free wi-fi.

VIDEO: Green lobby dismiss fracking 'hype'

Friends of the Earth say that renewable energy and energy efficiency are more effective solution to UK energy problem than fracking

VIDEO: Strike 'will jeopardise holidays'

A strike over staffing and pay by thousands of passport workers 'will jeopardise holidays', says Paul McGoay of the Public and Commercial Services Union(PCS).

VIDEO: 'Passion' is the key to good blogging

The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog MissMalini.com.

VIDEO: The facts about global travel

BBC News looks at the facts about global travel.

VIDEO: Senegal farmers get cow tracker tech

Cattle rustling in sub-Saharan Africa comes at a huge economic and human cost. In rural Senegal, tracking cows using mobile phone tech could help.

VIDEO: Can Tunisia stamp out smuggling?

High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.

VIDEO: Osborne: GDP figures 'major milestone'

The Chancellor George Osborne has said that GDP figures showing the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak are a "major milestone".

VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?

Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.

VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street

Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.

VIDEO: Mumbai's disappearing Parsi cafes

Mumbai's grand old Parsi cafes have long been a symbol of the city's diverse cuisine and culture, Sameer Hashmi looks at why they are dying out.

VIDEO: Bill Gates talks Africa with the BBC

Bill Gates calls for an improved audit of international aid in Africa, to ensure it achieves its aims.

VIDEO: Uncertain time for Malaysia Airlines

The future of Malaysia Airlines depends on what its biggest shareholder, the government, wants to do says an industry analyst.

VIDEO: The tale of the pub with no power

Bad weather left a Kent pub without power over Christmas, the landlord has been compensated for loss of earnings as power companies change the rules on payments for people whose power is cut off

VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete

Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London.

VIDEO: Wine fraudster to be sentenced in US

Rudy Kurniawan, who manufactured phony vintage wine in his kitchen, will be sentenced for fraud on Thursday.

VIDEO: Facebook profits surge on mobile ads

Facebook has reported a 138% jump in net income in the second quarter on booming advertising revenue.

VIDEO: Apple profits up on iPhone sales

Apple reports quarterly profits of $7.75bn up 12%, helped by strong sales of its iPhone.

VIDEO: Saudi Arabian stock market opens up

Saudi Arabia's stock market will open up to foreign investors for the first time.

VIDEO: Questions over flight path oversight

The loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has raised questions over how flight paths are regulated.

VIDEO: Software firm's recruitment trouble

Plans to set up Wales' first software university are being prepared by businesses concerned about a skill shortage in hi-tech industries. Simon Powell of Eysys describes his recruitment problems

VIDEO: Goods held in port for wealthy client

Mark Lobel reports on foreign investors re-building ties with Iran in anticipation of an easing of trade restrictions on the country.

VIDEO: 'I couldn't get a taxi... so I created an app'

Brazilian Tallis Gomes explains how a failed attempt to hail a cab drove him to create smartphone app Easy Taxi.

VIDEO: The oddities of the City of London

The Corporation of London is the body that runs the City and is a quirk of centuries of history.

VIDEO: Indonesia's cheap fuel challenge

Indonesia's next president faces challenges including cutting the country's controversial fuel subsidies.

VIDEO: Man sets sights on Argentina's debt

Argentina is set to default in less than two weeks unless it reaches a deal with holders.

VIDEO: Drones homing in on wildlife poachers

Civilian drones are being tested across Africa's game reserves in a hi-tech battle with poachers threatening the continent's wildlife tourism industry.

VIDEO: How safe is the 'internet of things'?

Increasingly, technology companies are integrating the internet with other devices, such as household appliances or cars. But are there security risks?

VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines' future questioned

Analysts are questioning whether Malaysia Airlines can recover from two tragic disasters this year.

AUDIO: Osborne on pensions advice plan

Chancellor George Osborne discusses a new initiative to supply savers with free independent pensions advice.

VIDEO: Creating a world class sat-nav firm

How Michal Stencl created one of the world's biggest sat-nav companies in Slovakia.

VIDEO: Akubra hats: Keeping it in the family

For more than 130 years one family has been making Australia's most famous range of hats - Akubra.

VIDEO: Mayor: Not helpful for me in my role

The banking scandals in recent years are "not helpful for me in my role", says the Lord Mayor of London.

VIDEO: Piracy alerts to be sent to households

Warning emails are to be sent to people who are downloading music and films illegally.

VIDEO: Nigeria's boom leaving many behind

Nigeria is booming, but a vast gap still exists between the growing middle-class and other Nigerians.

VIDEO: Zambia's dynamic Chinese romance

China and Zambia have strong trade and business links, but the romance has not been without controversy.

VIDEO: Delhi's Commonwealth Games legacy

The Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago provided the city with world class facilities, but there is criticism that the legacy was not worth the cost.

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