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Robert Gardner, chief economist at Nationwide, discusses the UK's housing market.
Mothers and fathers will be able to share up to a year of parental leave by April 2015, but one business group calls the plan a "nightmare".
India's economic growth rate rises strongly in the July-to-September period, according to latest official figures.
Shares in Speedy Hire dive 16% and its chief executive resigns following the discovery of a £5m hole in its accounts.
Caroline Wilde, a retail consultant, and Lou Ellerton, a senior consultant at The Value Engineers discuss Black Friday.
The economic outlook for Spain is improving, says ratings agency Standard and Poor's, but it downgrades its rating for the Netherlands.
US shoppers faced with tighter household budgets are hunting for bargains on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
With the latest house price figures expected to show that the average cost of a house in the UK is at its highest level for five years, was it any easier to afford a house in years gone by?
Consumer prices in Japan rise at the fastest pace in five years in October, suggesting policymakers' attempts to end years of deflation are working.
Japanese stocks are at their highest level for six years as a raft of reasons give investors fresh confidence - reports the BBC's Puneet Pal Singh.
Australia blocks US conglomerate Archer Daniels Midland's (ADM) A$3.4bn ($3.1bn; £1.8bn) takeover of GrainCorp - its biggest grain merchant.
Argentina threatens oil businesses operating off the Falkland Islands with prison sentences, fines and confiscation of assets.
The government is asking the big six energy firms to hold prices until the middle of 2015, barring any major increase in wholesale fuel costs.
Rejuvenating town centres requires radical action on a scale not seen since the building programmes of post-war Britain, according to a new report.
StartupBus, a programme for entrepreneurs to identify and solve an existing, local problem by using technology, has its first outing in Africa.
Greek couple Niki and Nikos Koutsianas explain how their shared love and interest in bees and natural products have driven their firm’s success.
The history of America's annual retail frenzy
The so-called Big 6 energy companies in the UK are being put under pressure by the government to keep the price of household bills in check until after the next election, as John Moylan reports.