The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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An adviser to London mayor Boris Johnson says he "strongly suspects" the plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", would be rejected.
Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £750m, as the end of the transfer window approaches.
Russia and China begin the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.
Shares in Tesco fall further following news that a major shareholder in the supermarket has cut its stake.
The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.
Dave Lewis is taking over as chief executive of Tesco a month earlier than planned. Retail analyst Steve Dresser considers what he needs to do for the company.
One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".
India's new prime minister, Narendra Modi, meets Japan's Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on his first major foreign visit since taking office.
A single, larger hub airport where passengers can transfer to a range of destinations - is "critical" to the UK's long-term economic growth, says the CBI.
Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.
Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.
Heineken sells its Mexican packaging business to US firm Crown Holdings in a deal worth $1.23bn (£740m).
China's manufacturing activity misses expectations in August, indicating that the country's economy may be losing momentum.
Could chip and pin technology be open to a new type of "skimming" fraud which is being used to steal people's cash?
High-powered hairdryers are on a list of household electrical items the EU is considering banning in an attempt to curb energy consumption.
Barclays Bank sells Spanish businesses for £633m to the country's third largest lender CaixaBank.
Why Chinese couples are queuing up to put on waterproof make-up and get their wedding pictures taken underwater.
From 1 September, companies in the EU will be banned from making or importing vacuum cleaners above 1600 watts and it has led to a sharp rise in sales.