The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.
Asian shares move up on Friday, taking their lead from the US where markets closed higher after strong company results boosted investor sentiment.
Russell Brand speaks to Newsnight about his "alternative to corporate hegemony".
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.
Silicon valley's billion dollar start-up failures
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.
Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.
Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.
Tesco shares close 6.5% down after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by £263m, £13m more than the original estimate.
London's benchmark FTSE 100 index recovers early losses to close up 18.46 points, or 0.3%, at 6,418.19, despite 6.6% fall in Tesco shares.
Mortgage activity dropped in September compared with a year ago signalling a UK housing market that is "continuing to cool", banks have said.
UK retail sales fall 0.3% September, adding to signs that the economic recovery may be losing steam.
A social network promising never to sell user data or incorporate advertising secures multi-million dollar backing.
A new tax on foreign heavy goods lorries coming to the UK could rake in twice as much as the government expected, new figures suggest.
As the annual TechCrunch event for tech start ups comes to London for the first time, David Grossman goes to investigate.
Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
Nokia's fortunes since selling its mobile handset unit to Microsoft appear to be improving with the Finland business returning to profit.