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IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.
McDonald's says it will appeal against a court ruling in Moscow ordering the closure for 90 days of four of its Russian outlets.
Royal Bank of Scotland is fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to ensure that it gave suitable mortgage advice to customers.
Low inflation in the price of groceries has led to growth in supermarket sales hitting a 10-year low, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel.
Retailers are missing out on income from spending by disabled people owing to a lack of accessibility at stores, the government says.
Profits at Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have nearly tripled, latest filings reveal, ahead of the firm's planned US stock market debut later this year.
A letter signed by 130 firms says the business case for independence “has not been made”.
The mobile messaging app Snapchat has been valued at $10bn, according to reports, putting it in the same league as start-ups such as Dropbox and AirBnB.
Budget airline Ryanair has confirmed that it plans to bid for the Cypriot national airline, Cyprus Airways, which is up for sale.
The German government announced proposals to tackle alleged abuses of the benefits system by migrants from elsewhere in the European Union.
Estate agent Foxtons reports a big rise in half-year profits, but warns that it expects business to slow down in the second half of the year.
US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.
Shares in online fashion retailer Asos jump by 14% after reports that the company could be a takeover target for a US company.
Burger King confirms that it plans to merge with Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee and doughnut chain.
New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announces its intention to take a 20% stake in one of China's biggest milk processors, Beingmate.
The annual pace of US house price growth slowed in June, a survey indicates, continuing a long-term decrease in the rate of growth.
Hundreds - possibly thousands - of students across the UK are falling victim to an expensive mobile phone scam, according to police.
Data gathered by donation site JustGiving has revealed what it says is the UK's most generous town, based on donations to its website.
High Street banks have reported a rise in savings deposits in July following the launch of New Individual Savings Account rules.
Bus services outside London need better regulation and competition, a centre-left think tank says.
The most desirable areas in which to live across England, Scotland and Wales are revealed by Royal Mail.
South Africa avoids falling into recession after second-quarter GDP figures show the economy grew by 0.6% during the April-to-June period.
Service sector business growth slowed in the three months to August, a CBI survey indicates, although it says firms are planning "robust" investment.
Investment in Zimbabwe more than halved in the first six months of 2014, the country's central bank chief announces as President Mugabe visits China.
As an increasing amounts of travellers visit Myanmar, a growing number of young entrepreneurs are setting up tourism sector companies.
Markus Frind, the entrepreneur behind the world's biggest dating site, has been so successful that he claims his company has helped to create more than one million babies.
One man's quest to bring artisan beer to the island of Mauritius.
England's top female rugby players will be paid for the first time as the Women's Sevens squad turns professional.
Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.
Coventry City are to return to the Ricoh Arena after agreeing a two-year deal with the company that runs the stadium.
Two business chief executives give their opinions on whether independence would be good for Scotland's businesses.
A new law has been passed meaning that smartphones in California will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen.
Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5 million for "serious failings" in its mortgage sales business.
With falling milk prices, companies are looking at other ways to make money, and Mengniu Dairy, China's biggest, has recently decided to venture into the yoghurt business.
A new survey has shown that while salaries across the Asia Pacific are set to increase by an average of 7% next year, the higher cost of living will probably chew up most of the extra money.
At Malaysia Airlines potential reforms reportedly range from a fleet re-organisation and a new chief executive, to broad job cuts.
Global advertising group WPP reported "good growth" despite a strong pound reducing overseas profits, Martin Sorrell says.
Rising bad loans in China put the spotlight squarely on the earnings of the country's biggest banks.
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