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China, which has about half the world's cotton, will start sales from its reserves on Thursday, says the China National Cotton Exchange.
Economic growth in the UK was driven by consumer spending in the third quarter of the year, official figures show, and business investment also rose.
Royal Mail reports a big jump in half-year profits in its first results since its flotation, as Business Secretary Vince Cable defends the sale before MPs.
Sony files a patent application for "SmartWig", which it says can help navigate roads and collect information such as blood pressure.
The head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Roberto Azevedo, warns that global trade deal talks face collapse.
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Nearly nine million people across the UK are living with serious debt problems, according to a new report.
Retail chain Sears Canada announces it is laying off nearly 800 employees, as it fights to compete with rivals like Nordstrom.
The veteran computer firm Hewlett-Packard sees its shares jump 7% on results that suggest its enterprise division will make up for falling PC sales.
Spirits group Remy Cointreau says profits will be hit by the slowdown in China, while fashion house Hugo Boss says China's economy is a "concern".
Portugal is set for another tough year after its government approves a new set of budget measures including further spending cuts.
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Leeds United managing director David Haigh commits a seven-figure investment to the club.
US house prices rose more slowly in September than in August, as higher mortgage rates and the government shutdown weighed on the market.
London Underground workers will be balloted for strike action over 750 job cuts and ticket office closures, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union says.
Chancellor George Osborne asks the Bank of England to review whether it needs more powers to control banks' balance sheets.
A 77 square mile wind farm off the north Devon coast will not now go ahead, it has emerged.
Energy regulator Ofgem launches a scathing attack on the record and profits of the big gas and electricity suppliers.