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Websites creak on record Black Friday

Retailers including John Lewis and Currys head for record online sales as frenzied shopping swamps websites.

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Oil prices hit fresh four-year lows

Crude oil prices hit a four-year low in the wake of the decision of the Opec oil producers' cartel not to cut output.

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House price growth lowest since 2013

The UK housing market is continuing to slow, Nationwide says, with annual house price inflation falling to 8.5% in November.

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Eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%

The eurozone inflation rate falls to 0.3%, suggesting that deflation remains a threat for the 18-nation bloc.

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Suspended Tesco exec leaves company

The BBC has learned one of the Tesco executives suspended by the company over the £260m profit misstatement has left the company.

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Oil price plunge hits energy shares

Shares in energy stocks fall further as investors continue to react to the sharp fall in oil prices following Thursday's Opec meeting.

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Indian economic growth slows to 5.3%

The Indian economy grew at an annual pace of 5.3% in the three months to the end of September, down from 5.7% in the previous quarter.

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Social media told to simplify terms

A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer.

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Energy firms hit with £39m penalty

Regulator Ofgem imposes record £28m penalty on power generator Drax, while InterGen faces an £11m payout, for missing energy saving obligations

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Weak yen and oil price lifts Nikkei

Japan's Nikkei closes at its highest level for two weeks, with exporters boosted by a weaker yen and airline shares helped by falling oil prices.

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Food bug affects 70% of shop chickens

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in the UK are contaminated with the Campylobacter bug, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveals.

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German jobless rate hits record low

Germany's unemployment rate has hit a record low of 6.6%, but falling inflation has raised eurozone deflation fears.

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UK swells list of banned websites

The High Court bans a further 53 piracy sites, more than doubling the number that the UK's leading net providers must block.

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European MPs want Google break-up

A landmark vote at the European Parliament has called for Google's search business to be separated from its other businesses.

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Woman wins £337m in divorce case

The American wife of London financier Sir Chris Hohn, Jamie Cooper-Hohn, is awarded £337m by a High Court judge in a divorce case.

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Vinyl record sales hit 18-year high

More than one million vinyl records have been sold in the UK so far this year - the first time the milestone has been achieved since 1996.

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Police attend 'Black Friday' crowds

Police are called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for "Black Friday" offers.

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Meters overcharge 1.5m gas customers

About 1.5 million gas customers with pre-payment meters have been overcharged because their meters are faulty, the industry has admitted.

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Mortgage approvals fall by 16%

The number of mortgages being granted by Britain's banks falls by 16% over the last year, according to banking industry body, the BBA.

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Scotland 'should set income tax'

The Scottish Parliament should have the power to set income tax rates and bands, the body on strengthening devolution recommends.

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Power blackouts 'threat to economy'

The UK would face "severe economic consequences" if there was a significant disruption to the supply of electricity, says the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Philippines economy slows sharply

Growth in the Philippine economy slowed sharply in the third quarter due to weaker growth in all sectors, the government announces.

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Tips from banker turned shoemaker

An entrepreneur who turned his back on banking to set up a shoemaking company shares his tips for success as part of the African Dream series.

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The couple who changed the way we shop

Edwina Dunn looks back on how she and her husband helped Tesco launch its Clubcard, and change how many of us do our shopping.

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How McDonald's conquered India

How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.

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Hearts could exit Tynecastle - Budge

Owner Ann Budge says leaving Tynecastle Stadium could be the most cost-effective long-term solution for Hearts.

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Sport events 'give no economic boost'

A report examining the "evidence base" for policymaking suggests big sporting events have little or no direct economic benefit - and challenges other assumptions about teaching and police.

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Javid wants Fifa to publish report

The government calls on Fifa to publish in full the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

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VIDEO: Oil price slump: Good for Africa?

The BBC's Matthew Davies takes a look at the winners and the losers in this low-price environment.

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VIDEO: Benin's address-less city

Residents of Cotonou - the economic capital of Benin - are hoping the addition of street names and house numbers will help improve the economy.

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VIDEO: Black Friday: Wal-Mart workers revolt

Black Friday has long been the most important day of the year for the US retail sector.

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VIDEO: Will reforms boost India's economy?

India's third quarter GDP figures are due out on Friday - and could indicate whether the prime minister's recent reforms are bearing fruit.

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VIDEO: Opec keeps oil output at current rate

Oil exporting nations agreed to keep pumping oil at its current levels - a move that sparked new falls in the price of oil. What will be the effect in Asia?

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VIDEO: Malaysia Airlines delayed results due

Malaysia Airlines' third quarter earnings are due later on Friday - the last before it is taken over by a state investment fund.

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VIDEO: What is Opec? In 60 seconds

BBC News looks at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and its challenges, amid a slump in global crude oil prices.

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VIDEO: Ebola vaccine trial 'encouraging'

A trial looking at the safety of an Ebola vaccine has had encouraging results, says the chief executive of GSK.

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The seven best metaphors for the economy

The seven best metaphors for the economy

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Finding long lost treasures of the deep

Finding bounty in the depths of Davy Jones's locker

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Black Friday: Boxing Day sales come early?

Boxing Day sales come early to the UK?

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Wal-Mart challenged on Black Friday

Wal-Mart workers revolt against US shopping day

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VIDEO: How to avoid out-of-battery rage

New ways to stop your smartphone running out of battery

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Flood victims' insurance bills soar

Last year's flood victims struggle with soaring insurance bills

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Whatever happened to the Brics?

Whatever happened to the Brics economies?

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Russia sanctions hitting UK firms

How sanctions against Russia are hitting UK businesses

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Transylvania's castle owners bite back

Transylvania's castle owners sink their teeth into business

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