The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.
Tesco shares close 6.5% down after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by £263m, £13m more than the original estimate.
Bosses of the Caterham F1 admit they will struggle to race in the USA next weekend if they cannot resolve a dispute with administrators.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index recovers early losses to close up 18.46 points, or 0.3%, at 6,418.19, despite 6.6% fall in Tesco shares.
Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.
UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.
A social network promising never to sell user data or incorporate advertising secures multi-million dollar backing.
A new tax on foreign heavy goods lorries coming to the UK could rake in twice as much as the government expected, new figures suggest.
As the annual TechCrunch event for tech start ups comes to London for the first time, David Grossman goes to investigate.
Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
Nokia's fortunes since selling its mobile handset unit to Microsoft appear to be improving with the Finland business returning to profit.
Thousands of people who move jobs regularly will no longer be pushed into cashing in or moving their workplace pension, under government plans.
UK car manufacturing in the first nine months of the year hit a six-year high, despite a dip in production last month.
Shares in Foxtons plunge 15% after the estate agent warns that the London's property market is cooling.
A total of 950,000 tickets were sold for the 2015 Rugby World Cup during September, organisers say.
The chief executive of Russia's Vnukovo airport and his deputy resign after a plane crash this week that killed the head of France's Total, Christophe de Margerie.
Annual profits at Debenhams have fallen 24.8%, reflecting the impact on sales of last year's warm winter weather.
As the ranks of Asia's wealthy have swelled, philanthropic giving has increased. Rico Hizon speaks to Christina Tung from UBS about the future of giving in Asia.
Shares in Asia on Wednesday slide into negative territory, following Wall Street's lead after fatal shooting in Canada worries investors.