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Shares in London closed higher after the European Central Bank (ECB) hinted it could extend its €60bn a month bond buying program.
The US trade deficit with the rest of the world fell to a five-month low in July, official figures show.
The European Central Bank cuts its forecasts for growth and inflation in the eurozone for 2015 and the next two years.
Restaurant chain Pizza Express is to stop deducting an 8% administration fee from staff tips made by card, the company announces.
An £82m factory for manufacturing high-speed Intercity trains is officially opened in County Durham.
The UK housing market is "dysfunctional" and building more homes will fail to solve the problem on its own, a leading figure in the industry says.
Why good news for the US economy may be bad globally
Plans to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland face further delay, following an initial ruling by Europe's highest court.
Japanese carmaker Nissan announces it will invest £100m in its UK plant at Sunderland to build the new Juke model.
South Africa is named as the country with the highest number of dollar millionaires in Africa, with Johannesburg at the top.
Growth in the UK service sector slowed to its weakest rate for more than two years in August, a survey indicates.
The Co-operative Group says increased investment means profits this year will be lower than in 2014.
Slower growth in China and continuing stock market uncertainty pose a threat to global economic growth, the International Monetary Fund has warned.
Some 3.7 million women - nearly three in 10 employees - will receive a pay rise by 2020 owing to the new National Living Wage, research by a think tank suggests.
Asian markets open higher on Thursday, spurred on by a rally on Wall Street and stronger commodity prices.
Small businesses in Mumbai's most famous slum are using smartphones to sell directly to customers.
The boss of one of the world's biggest palm oil traders tells the BBC that conditions are tough but he expects better times ahead.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has sparked a maternity leave debate in the US. So how much time should parents take off work?
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