The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 7 hours 13 min ago
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.
Council leaders call for a more "common-sense approach" to term-time holidays.
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.
Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.
Asian shares were mixed on Friday after US markets closed higher on strong company results that boosted investor sentiment.
Spirit Pub Company has rejected a takeover offer from cider maker C&C, days after agreeing to recommend a rival offer from Greene King.
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.
The Women's Tennis Association finals are being held in Asia for the first time. Sharanjit Leyl speaks to the chair and chief executive of the WTA, Stacey Allaster.
Infosys boss Vishal Sikka says the Indian software giant is bouncing back after struggling in recent years.
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.
Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.
Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.
Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.
Tesco shares close 6.5% down after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by £263m, £13m more than the original estimate.
Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.