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British Gas raises prices by 9.2%

British Gas is to increase prices for domestic customers, with a dual-fuel bill going up by 9.2% from 23 November.

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US government heads back to work

US government employees are back at work after President Obama signed a law ending a government shutdown and raising the US debt limit.

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Toyota to recall 885,000 vehicles

Toyota is recalling 885,000 vehicles, mainly in North America, to fix a problem that could lead to airbags being disabled or inadvertently deploying.

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Private rents 'hit record high'

The cost of renting a home privately across England and Wales has reached a record high of £757 a month, according to a survey.

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WH Smith website back online

WH Smith's website is back online following an earlier suspension over abuse and rape themed e-books found on its site.

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Google shares hit record highs

Recovering from a surprising miss last quarter, Google reports a profit of $2.97bn (£1.84bn) during the July -September period, beating expectations.

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Bid for fuel discount in rural towns

A fuel discount that applies to the Scottish islands and the Isles of Scilly could be extended to remote and rural parts of the UK mainland.

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Peston named BBC economics editor

Robert Peston, who has been the BBC's business editor for almost eight years, is to replace Stephanie Flanders as economics editor.

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Osborne agrees to China nuclear deal

The Chancellor, George Osborne, announces that the UK will allow Chinese companies to take a stake in British nuclear power plants.

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Brazilian oil workers on strike

Union leaders say 90% of Brazil's state oil company are on strike against planned auctions for rights to explore the huge offshore Libra oilfield.

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Dozens held in Canada shale protest

A shot is fired, petrol bombs are tossed and police cars torched as at least 40 people are arrested at a shale gas protest in New Brunswick province.

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Wall Street Market Report

Wall Street Market Report

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Prince Charles in pensions warning

The Prince of Wales tells the pensions industry to use a longer-term investing approach or risk a 'miserable future' for the next generation.

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Retail sales up 0.6% in September

Retail sales volumes grew by 0.6% in September compared with the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Refinery cost cuts put to workers

Workers at the Grangemouth complex are being told about cuts the plant's owners want to see in pay and pensions.

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Revenues drop 20% at Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs reports a 20% drop in third quarter revenues, but protects profits by trimming employees' pay and benefits.

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Work 'may be no way out of poverty'

Working parents in Britain no longer earn enough to "escape poverty", the government's social mobility tsar Alan Milburn warns in his first report.

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Vinyl record sales at 10-year high

Records achieve their highest sales figures for more than a decade, according to figures from the BPI.

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Labour plans levy on payday lenders

Labour pledges to introduce a levy on the profits of payday lenders to help support credit unions and other low-cost borrowing alternatives.

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UK jobless total falls to 2.49m

The number of unemployed in the UK fell by 18,000 to 2.49 million in the June-August period and employment hit a record high.

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Teachers' strike closes schools

Thousands of schools close across much of England as teachers strike over pay, pensions and jobs.

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Warning of future UK power shortages

The UK power system is likely to be stretched "close to its limits" in the coming years, a new report warns.

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Numbers relying on food banks triple

The number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year, according to figures from the Trussell Trust.

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Cuts and tax rises in Irish budget

The Irish government announces spending cuts and tax rises worth 2.5bn euros (£2.1bn) in what it hopes will be the final Irish budget of the IMF bailout era.

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Nepalese airline taking off

The BBC's Surendra Phuyal talks to Birendra Bahadur Basnet about growing a private airline in Nepal.

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Cooking up a successful food business

UK ready meals boss Charlie Bigham talks about how he was inspired to set up his company, and how he grew it successfully.

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Do sweat the small stuff

Experts say paying attention to small details is a crucial part of a firm's success, particularly customer-facing ones.

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Indonesia trio buy Inter Milan stake

Italian football club Inter Milan becomes the latest European club to be taken over by foreign investors.

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Evans to give up Pirates ownership

Cornish Pirates owner Dicky Evans is to stand down at the end of the season, but will continue to help fund the team.

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Rangers forced to postpone their AGM

Rangers' annual meeting is delayed after shareholders seeking changes to the club's board won a court decision.

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VIDEO: China growth: Slow but deliberate?

BBC chief business correspondent Linda Yueh looks at how China is seeking to rebalance its economy.

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VIDEO: Tory Burch's billion-dollar shoe empire

American fashion designer Tory Burch talks to the BBC's Katty Kay about what it takes to build a billion-dollar fashion empire.

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VIDEO: China holds key to UK nuclear power

China is either building, or planning to build, up to 30 new nuclear power plants - making it the biggest nuclear construction project in the world.

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VIDEO: Star bra maker in search of seamstress

A Yorkshire company which makes exclusive lingerie for A-list entertainers is struggling to find enough staff to meet orders

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VIDEO: Prince delivers pensions warning

The Prince of Wales has urged the pensions industry to ensure portfolios are "resilient in the long term" or risk condemning future generations to "an exceptionally miserable future".

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VIDEO: China's economy in electricity and freight

The BBC's Linda Yueh explores what has become known as the 'Li Keqiang Index', an alternative measure of the country's economic growth based on electricity consumption, railway freight and lending.

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AUDIO: The street with 18 payday lenders

The Today Programme's Tom Feilden reports from Walthamstow High Street in north east London where there are 18 payday lenders.

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VIDEO: Working families trapped in poverty

The government has been told that child poverty is now a problem for working families, rather than those described as "workless or work-shy".

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How big retailers learned to love fashion

How big retailers learnt the tricks of high fashion

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Rwanda targets knowledge economy

Rwanda targets knowledge economy with tech revolution

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Taiwan's older students

Can the elderly save Taiwan's universities?

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Why tech women need a makeover

How to attract girls to the tech industry

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In pictures: Johannesburg Motor Show

The Johannesburg International Motor Show

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How bad are US debt levels?

How does the US compare with other major economies?

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Impact of a Royal Mail strike?

Contingencies and opportunity during a postal strike

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Australia's surf firms making waves

The struggle for profit in Australia's surfing industry

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Are Indonesia's elderly changing course?

Changing attitudes towards residential homes in Indonesia

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