The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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The London market closes higher boosted by better-than-expected results from drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline and a sharp rise in insurance firm shares.
Most benefit claimants will have transferred onto the government's universal credit scheme by the end of 2018, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith predicts.
Payday lenders strike back against criticism that they leave customers worse off.
South Africa's new finance minister cuts the country's economic growth forecast from 2.7% to 1.4%.
Aerospace giant Boeing has raised its forecast for profits this year and says it has a record backlog of orders.
The founder of Superdry, Julian Dunkerton, gives up his role as CEO to focus on developing the brand's products and image.
Microsoft is ditching the Nokia brand name from new devices, less than a year after acquiring the Finnish mobile firm.
GlaxoSmithKline's shares rose 4% after its third quarter results beat expectations and it pledged to return an additional £4bn to shareholders via a special share scheme.
Oil giant Total appoints a new chief executive and new chairman to replace Christophe de Margerie who died in a plane crash in Moscow on Monday.
Home Retail Group says that store closures at Homebase will be accelerated, with the number of outlets cut by 25% by 2019.
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The fate of people turned down for payday loans owing to stricter regulations on the industry has prompted polarised debate.
The pound falls after Bank of England policy makers find "insufficient evidence" of inflationary pressure to justify a rate rise.
Heineken has blamed "unseasonably wet weather" in Europe for a drop in both sales and profit in the three months to the end of September.
PSA Peugeot Citroen's turnaround plan appears to be making progress, with the troubled French carmaker announcing better sales and revenues.
New research suggests that what's known as the "knowledge economy" is growing faster in the north-east of England and Northern Ireland than anywhere else.
UK car insurance premiums have risen for the first time in more than two years, with further rises predicted.
Japan's trade deficit edges higher in September despite exports growing at their fastest pace in seven months.
Allowing UK cities to make their own decisions on tax and spending could boost economic growth by £79bn a year by 2030, a year-long study concludes.