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Alibaba raises price of share sale (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:48:05 GMT)
Chinese online giant Alibaba increases the price range of its initial public offering, meaning it could raise more than $25bn when it lists in New York.

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:51 GMT)
Mojang, the Swedish firm behind the popular video game Minecraft, is bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn (£1.5bn).

Gaultier quits ready-to-wear clothes (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:09:52 GMT)
French fashion house Jean Paul Gaultier is to stop making ready-to-wear clothes for both men and women, and will focus on "haute couture" and perfume.

Typhoon shuts down HK exchange (Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:15:07 GMT)
The Hong Kong Exchange delays trading in both securities and derivatives markets on Tuesday because of Typhoon Kalmaegi.

Air France warns disruption to rise (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:46:55 GMT)
Air France has warned that disruption will get worse as a week-long strike by its pilots continues.

Apple releases U2 album removal tool (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:32:30 GMT)
Apple releases a tool to remove U2's new album from its customers' iTunes accounts in response to complaints six days after giving away the music for free.

Tech firms want 'digital ministers' (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:00:10 GMT)
An influential group of major technology firms is calling on the UK to appoint "digital ministers" in every government department.

OECD sees global economy held back (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:27:12 GMT)
A slow recovery among nations using the euro is holding back the global economy, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says.

Phones 4U shops closing for business (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:11:40 GMT)
Retailer Phones 4U has gone into administration putting 5,596 jobs at risk, as network provider EE joins Vodafone in not renewing its contract.

Business urges post-referendum unity (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:39:42 GMT)
A leading Scottish business group calls for the country to unite "to drive Scotland forward", whatever the referendum result.

Uganda predicts bigger coffee crop (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:28 GMT)
Uganda's coffee farmers are looking forward to a bigger harvest of beans this year thanks to more rain

Heineken rejects SABMiller offer (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:54:52 GMT)
Dutch brewing giant Heineken has rejected a takeover offer from SABMiller saying the proposal is "non-actionable".

Debate over gambling 'controls' (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:58:41 GMT)
Four of Britain's biggest bookmakers have pledged to promote responsible gambling but campaigners say the move falls far short of what is needed.

Home ownership 'exclusive club' (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:01:41 GMT)
The National Housing Federation says first time buyers need 10 times the deposit they did in the 1980s making home ownership an exclusive members' club.

Small business confidence grows (Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:01:53 GMT)
Confidence among small business continues to improve, according to a survey by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Thai tuna firm nets Norwegian rival (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:05:57 GMT)
The world's biggest producer of canned tuna, Thai Union Frozen Products, is buying Norwegian seafood firm King Oscar for an undisclosed sum.

Design contest opens for new £1 coin (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:17:44 GMT)
The public is being invited to take part in a design competition to create an image which will be emblazoned onto a new £1 coin, the Treasury says.

Google worker lived a year on campus (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:57:16 GMT)
Three Google workers recall living for months at a time at the firm's headquarters in California taking advantage of the perks it offers.

Consumer gripes to water firms fall (Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:28:59 GMT)
Written complaints made by customers to their water providers have fallen for the sixth year in a row in England and Wales, figures from a watchdog show.

Which UK city is best for lifestyle? (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 09:58:13 GMT)
Where's the best place in the country to live? It's the Welsh city of Cardiff which scores highest according to a range of economic and social indicators.

Housing market 'reaches plateau' (Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:37:37 GMT)
The housing market is beginning to level out, according to a nationwide survey of chartered surveyors.

US strengthens sanctions on Russia (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:04:44 GMT)
The US imposes new sanctions on major Russian banks, defence and energy firms, hours after a similar move by the European Union.

UK to refund Chinese tourist visas (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:27:12 GMT)
Chancellor George Osborne announces plans to refund the cost of up to 25,000 visas for Chinese tourists in an attempt to attract more visits to the UK.

US retail sales driven by car buying (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:34:00 GMT)
US retail sales rose by 0.6% in August, compared with the previous month, driven by car purchases, the US Commerce Department says.

Picking the best business location (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 23:16:37 GMT)
Choosing where to locate your business is a vital decision for any new start-up, as business reporter Perry King reports from Canada.

The start-up boss rejected 45 times (Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:14:11 GMT)
Nick Hungerford, the founder and boss of online investment company Nutmeg, talks about how he set up the business.

Kenya's business beauty queen (Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:12:01 GMT)
Terry Mungai has built a beauty empire, including 12 salons, three training schools, the Miss World Kenya franchise and now a cosmetics shop.

US firm assessing offer for Tottenham (Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:26:46 GMT)
US private investment company Cain Hoy Enterprises confirms it is considering a takeover offer for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Man United predicts fall in profit (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:16:16 GMT)
Manchester United predicts profit and revenue to fall as a result of its failure to qualify for Champions League.

Ferrari chairman quits after 23 years (Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:33:43 GMT)
Ferrari's long-time chairman Luca Di Montezemolo is stepping down and will be replaced by Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne.

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