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Lloyds is offering home buyers free iPad mini tablets in an intensifying mortgage war between major banks.
The Ministry of Defence awards £3.2bn of contracts for the maintenance of the Royal Navy fleet, securing 7,500 jobs.
The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.
Sainsbury's has announced like-for-like sales fell almost 3% in the three months to September.
The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and weakness in the eurozone, a survey indicates.
Thousands of customers trying to renew their car tax online are experiencing problems with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website.
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi and US President Barack Obama are looking to expand economic ties following a meeting at the White House.
The United States and Brazil have come to an agreement designed to end a decade long dispute over cotton subsidies, reports say.
Asian stocks are headed for their fourth straight day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.
Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force.
Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.
Microsoft has disclosed the first details of Windows 10 - its next operating system (OS).
Irish water charges spark a flood of complaints
Government measures to reduce the sale of cheap alcohol have been criticised by health researchers.
Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.
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