The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 1 hour 11 min ago
General Motors has announced that by 2016, some of its Cadillacs will incorporate self-driving functions.
National Housing Federation chief calls for "long-term strategic thinking" over property market.
The leader of Britain's trade union movement warns of a "Downton Abbey-style" society in which social mobility "has hit reverse".
Japan's economy contracts more than forecast, shrinking 1.8% in the April-to-June quarter from the previous three months, official figures show.
The increase in house prices may have started to ease, according to the Halifax, the nation's largest mortgage lender.
A sharp rise in sales at budget fashion retailer Primark is expected to boost owner Associated British Foods' (ABF) full year performance.
French rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is allowed out of jail to serve the rest of his prison term wearing an electronic tag.
Its mooncake season again across Asia and sales are soaring, despite a ban in China on spending on corporate gifts.
Two of the biggest names in household appliances, Electrolux and General Electric, strike a $3.3bn (£2bn) deal.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 six months ago has had a negative impact on the country's once-thriving tourism industry.
BBC Inside Out investigates the banks that sold mortgages to pensioners which they say has left them trapped in their homes.
China's latest export numbers beat forecasts for August, rising by 9.4% for the month, compared with forecasts of 8%.