The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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German drugs and chemicals company Bayer makes a $62bn offer for Monsanto, in a takeover bid that would create the world's biggest agricultural supplier.
Lego products are growing more violent as toy makers engage in an 'arms race' to catch the attention of children in a digital age, a new study says.
Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) is taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards made with stolen South African bank data.
Fiat Chrysler shares fall sharply on the Milan stock exchange after media reports that it could face a sales ban in Germany over accusations that it cheated emissions tests.
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Japanese shares have been pulled down by a sharp drop in the country's exports, which fell for the seventh consecutive month.
More than 500m cheques were written in 2015, confounding expectations that the payment method is disappearing, according to Payments UK.
Axa, one of the world's biggest insurers, plans to stop investing in the tobacco industry to help highlight the human and economic cost of smoking.
The Greek parliament passes widely unpopular new budget cuts and tax rises two days before a eurozone meeting expected to unblock much-needed bailout funds.
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Two bidders for Tata's UK steel plants - Liberty House and a management buyout team - are willing to work together, the BBC understands.
The health service could suffer if Brexit puts the economy at risk as "when the British economy sneezes, the NHS catches a cold", chief executive of NHS England warns.
The Co-operative will restore its annual payout to members as part of moves that also involve bringing back the group's 1960s blue clover logo.
BBC News is given an exclusive look inside the workings of Brompton Bikes' new factory in west London.
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Ex-cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith compares George Osborne to "Pinocchio" over his claim that a vote to leave the EU would cause an economic shock to UK house prices.
Labour will seek to distribute the rewards of growth more fairly, leader Jeremy Corbyn says, as he sets out his party's plans for the economy.
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A UK vote to leave the European Union would cause an "immediate economic shock" that could slow house price growth, Chancellor George Osborne says.