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Heathrow expansion decision imminent

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:09:52 GMT

The government is set to announce later its long-awaited decision on airport expansion, with Heathrow considered the favourite.

Model train prices are rising because of pound's devaluation

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:14:15 GMT

The pound's recent devaluation after June's Brexit vote has already led to some price rises, and model railways are one business feeling the effects.

Ceta talks: EU and Canada hold out hope for trade deal

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:18:02 GMT

The European Union and Canada say they remain hopeful for their landmark trade deal Ceta, despite three Belgian regions led by Wallonia blocking it.

Whitbread lifted by Costa and Premier

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:40:58 GMT

Whitbread's sales and profit rise in the first six months of the year, boosted by growing sales at its Costa Coffee and Premier Inn chains.

India puzzled by 'sacking' of Tata boss Cyrus Mistry

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:03:44 GMT

The country's media is filled with speculation about what was behind the "ousting" of Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry and where the company is heading.

Government to review 'fixed-odds' gambling machines

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:26:46 GMT

Ministers announce a review into controversial fixed odds betting terminals to "minimise" the risk of harm from gambling.

Mining stocks boost for FTSE 100

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:44:46 GMT

London's leading shares edge higher on Tuesday, led by a strong performance from mining stocks.

Manufacturing exports boosted by pound

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:58:56 GMT

Manufacturing exports receive a significant boost from the weakness of sterling, according to the the latest report from the CBI.

Tax awareness needed as deadline looms

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:02:45 GMT

People wishing to file their tax return on paper face a looming deadline, but flexible workers in the self-assessment system need to be aware of the rules.

Hilton unveils sale of 25% stake to China's HNA

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:33:58 GMT

Chinese conglomerate HNA acquires a 25% stake in hotel group Hilton as part of its efforts to become a 'global tourism business.'

Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:21:14 GMT

Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US.

US to examine AT&T deal to buy Time Warner

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:39:50 GMT

US lawmakers and both presidential candidates have raised questions about AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner for $85.4bn (£70bn).

Game's PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:55:53 GMT

Gamers have complained about video game retailer Game's decision to charge for demos of Sony's new PlayStation Virtual Reality headset.

Philips reports 18% profit rise on strong health sales

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:45:56 GMT

Dutch electronics firm Philips sees third-quarter profits jump after posting strong sales in its health businesses.

The history of London's Heathrow airport

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:52:45 GMT

A look back at how Heathrow grew from an airfield where passengers waited for flights in tents, to a major hub with about 75 million people passing through it each year.

Thai tourism after the death of the king

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:45:14 GMT

How has tourism in Thailand been affected since the death of the King?

'Freelance exporting' to China

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 01:11:56 GMT

The growing trade of expatriate Chinese retail consultants who export Australian goods to China.

My Shop: '6p a minute' cafe thrives in north of England

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:48:59 GMT

The My Shop series visits Ziferblat in Manchester, a kind of cafe that charges you six pence a minute for the time you spend there.

Student start-ups are 'next big thing' in Tanzania

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:38:12 GMT

How Tanzania's young entrepreneurs are being supported and nurtured.

Leanne Wood: Vital we rebuild Wales after Brexit vote

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 14:02:48 GMT

Wales must "rebuild and renew" after the UK voted to leave the European Union, Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood tells her party's conference.

CEO Secrets: Tattoo queen Kat Von D

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 23:00:50 GMT

Tattoo parlour boss and cosmetics entrepreneur Kat Von D shares her CEO Secrets.

Bringing up baby: pocket prams to pods

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:46:36 GMT

Parents spend hundreds, or maybe thousands, of pounds on goods for their new born children. What is on the market, and is it worth it?

Secret filming reveals problems relinquishing timeshares

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:01:11 GMT

A BBC Scotland investigation uncovers evidence of the problems facing ageing timeshare owners who want to get out of their contracts.

'I return half of what I buy'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:38:15 GMT

Shops are "struggling to cope" with the amount of items customers return, with a quarter of it unfit for resale, new figures suggest.

Airport expansion

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:07:50 GMT

The decision whether to opt for a new runway at Heathrow or Gatwick is the latest chapter in a 50-year saga - but how much have the delays cost the UK economy?

Now what?

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:06:21 GMT

These days there's no shortage of things to keep you awake at night, whatever your politics. So what's the best way to handle all that uncertainty?

Clicks and bricks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:03:15 GMT

The building industry has not been known for digital innovation, but virtual reality design and project management software are changing perceptions.

Media merger

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:45:49 GMT

US telecoms giant AT&T plans to buy entertainment group Time Warner - what will that mean for consumers?

Cartoon king

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:00:44 GMT

A profile of Canadian business leader Michael Donovan, who after winning a best documentary Oscar for producing hit film Bowling for Columbine, went on to establish cartoon giant DHX Media.

On your behalf

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 23:09:04 GMT

The concept of shopping via a daigou is booming in China, with people employing them in Australia to get their hands on goods such as baby milk formula.

Sew to survive

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:04:18 GMT

Panorama has gone undercover in Istanbul and found evidence that Syrian refugee children are making clothes for leading British brands.

Why not both?

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:59:28 GMT

Theo Leggett looks at the case for expanding both Heathrow and Gatwick airports

Cot, crib or pod?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 20:46:50 GMT

Buying a cot is not an easy process, the choices are endless. Add in the dozens of "sleep aids" available and parents can spend a huge amount of money.

Robot rage

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:49:10 GMT

Will human drivers take advantage of driverless cars' safety-first caution and simply ignore them?

E-state agent

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:46:35 GMT

Their flat fees are less than those charged by traditional High Street agents, attracting customers and investors alike, but do online agents offer good value?

'I wanted to believe'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:37:13 GMT

Your stories of being tricked out of money by con artists posing as romantic partners.

Itchy business

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:14:58 GMT

A growing number of head lice removal firms have set up in recent years as a response to the fact that the insects are increasingly resistant to over-the-counter chemical treatments.

Mind games

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:17:53 GMT

Sports psychiatrist Prof Steve Peters is offering his Olympic-winning expertise to firms who want to work more efficiently.

Your own boss?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:36:19 GMT

Being self-employed is a way of life for almost five million UK workers, with some choosing to work independently, while others are being forced to adopt it.

'Things are changing'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:09:26 GMT

How can more women break through India's glass ceiling to take on senior and board level roles?

Trade deals

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:25:16 GMT

Elmar Brok, who chairs the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, says the UK will have to negotiate its divorce agreement before its future relationship.

Fur real?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:04:37 GMT

What difference will new welfare measures make to standards on Europe's fur farms?