The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 3 hours 13 min ago
Dixons Carphone, the newly-merged Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail, says it has made a "a good start" despite falling revenues.
Whitbread sees sales rise in the first half of the year, helped by strong performances at Costa Coffee and hotel chain Premier Inn.
Japanese consumer confidence worsened for the first time in four months in August, an official survey suggests.
Brazil's state-run oil company, Petrobras, says it is investigating an alleged bribery scheme reported to be linked to top politicians.
European Union member states formally adopt new sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but do not specify when they will come in to force.
TSB - the bank formerly owned by Lloyds - has confirmed that it is in the process of opening up to 30 new branches, although 300 other banks have shut.
How Bungie battle tested its blockbuster
Terry Mungai has built a beauty empire, including 12 salons, three training schools, the Miss World Kenya franchise and now a cosmetics shop.
Terry Mungai has built a beauty empire, including 12 salons, three training schools, the Miss World Kenya Franchise - and now a cosmetics shop.
Destiny is one of the most eagerly-anticipated video games in history and has cost Activision £310m to develop and promote.
3D printing everything from racecars to human tissue
The brains behind China's largest e-commerce firm Alibaba
Can Indian Super League football take on cricket?
The pound has fallen in response to a YouGov poll showing a narrow lead for Scottish independence for the first time.