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US retail sales rose less than expected in October as car sales fell, stoking fears that consumer spending could hit economic growth in the fourth quarter.
The second largest provider of personal instalment loans in the US is to buy its biggest competitor.
A record oil stockpile of three billion barrels will not be cleared until well into next year, the International Energy Agency said.
How will the support package for Redcar be spent?
The UK stock market continued to slide on Friday, adding to the big fall recorded in the previous session.
Germany urges the US to give German MPs access to key documents in the controversial EU-US trade talks known as TTIP.
Moscow bans the Egyptian national carrier from flying to Russia following last month's deadly plane crash that killed 224 people.
RMT union members working on the Caledonian Sleeper rail service are to be balloted on industrial action.
The city of Johannesburg is on a drive to reduce carbon emissions by rolling out a fleet of buses that run on compressed natural gas.
Jeweller to the stars, South African Jenna Clifford tells the BBC about her tough journey to the top.
The small print on some insurance and banking products is only understandable to post-graduate students, a consumer group has said.
The final 22,000 bitcoins seized during a raid on the internet marketplace Silk Road are sold in a sealed-bid auction.
Economic growth in the eurozone slowed to 0.3% in the third quarter of the year, official figures show.
Haggis could be back on the menu in America by 2017 following "positive" meetings between the Scottish and US governments.
Jewellery designer Nisha Dadi tells the BBC how she turned a small home-based venture into a big name in the wedding jewellery industry in London.
Cashing-in on India's growing car ownership, the Automobile Association has gone into partnership with Indian recovery service TVS.
Singtel, Asia's biggest telecoms firm, makes most of its earnings outside of Singapore, but fluctuations in emerging market currencies is impacting its business.