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A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax".
Rising house prices left me high and dry - twice!
US retailer Destination Maternity withdraws a takeover offer for Mothercare, saying it was clear shareholders wanted a "significant increase" in the offer.
A travel company goes into administration with the loss of 89 jobs and a knock-on effect on hundreds of customer bookings.
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland have jumped 11% after it said it expects pre-tax profits to double to £2.65bn for the first half of the year.
In a bid to stimulate the sluggish economy, the Brazilian central bank announces plans to reduce the amount commercial banks have to keep in reserve.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) agrees to a £3m settlement with the business tycoon Vincent Tchenguiz for his arrest in March 2011.
Marks and Spencer says it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the way in which the game birds are killed.
The Chancellor George Osborne has said that GDP figures showing the economy is now 0.2% ahead of its pre-crisis peak are a "major milestone".
Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers.
Russia's central bank has unexpectedly said it will raise its key bank interest rate over concerns about inflation and "geopolitical tension".
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The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures.
The BBC's Sameer Hashmi talks to the woman behind the successful Bollywood blog MissMalini.com.
People with disabilities face a "premium" of £550 a month owing to extra transport, insurance and living costs, a charity has claimed, prompting a commission to be launched.
High tariffs on many goods in Tunisia make it profitable to bring everything in across the border, as Leana Hosea reports.
The economic recovery in the UK has not been felt by youngsters who have seen their pocket money fall in the last year, a survey suggests.
Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.
Mumbai's grand old Parsi cafes have long been a symbol of the city's diverse cuisine and culture, Sameer Hashmi looks at why they are dying out.