The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 2 hours 36 min ago
The Japanese economy contracts by 6.8% from the previous year after a recently introduced sales tax held back consumer spending.
Why Asia's technology giant Tencent is delighting investors with a striking increase in first half profits.
China's biggest e-commerce firm Alibaba sells off its loan business ahead of a forthcoming share sale.
Christopher Sharp explains how his rug collecting hobby led to a multi-million pound business with a star-studded client list.
Vine clip creators cash in on their fame
Sony will launch its PlayStation TV in the US, UK, and Europe in the autumn in a bid to take on other streaming television consoles like AppleTV and Roku.
Drivers are being charged different prices online for the same car rental based on where they live in Europe, the European Commission says.
Computer giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) has been accused in a court filing of "mismanagement" in its 2011 takeover of UK software firm Autonomy.
Tobacco giant Phillip Morris says it is prepared to sue the UK government should it implement a law mandating plain packaging for cigarettes.
High street fashion chain New Look has seen its first half profit boosted by the popularity of Japanese-style kimono tops.
Insurer Prudential has seen profits rise in the past six months after a strong performance in the US and Asia.
Two out of five managers did not use all their holiday entitlement last year, a survey suggests, prompting a warning to businesses.
UK pork farmers will face pressure to lower prices because of Russia's ban on food imports from a number of Western countries, say experts
Online takeaway service Just Eat has seen first half profits almost treble after it expanded the number of restaurants it has tie-ups with.
Outsourcing firm Serco has made a loss after "poor trading" in the first half of the year, hit by restructuring costs and loss-making contracts.
How drones are being developed for a wide range of future uses.
Bookmaker Ladbrokes has reported a sharp fall in profit despite saying it had had a "good World Cup".
Australian legal firm Maurice Blackburn files class actions against five banks over late credit card fees worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
New laws must be introduced to make it harder for pubs in England and Wales to be demolished or converted into shops, pub campaigners say.
Could superfast computers take us back to a digital dark age?