Shoppers 'buying little and often'

22 October 2014 12.45am.

Britons are grocery shopping at least twice as often as they were five years ago, according to a report by Waitrose.

Stocks log biggest gain of the year

21 October 2014 10.45pm.

The US stock market had its best day of the year as investors applauded solid earnings from US companies and economic growth in China.

Reckitt lowers sales guidance

21 October 2014 7.00pm.

Cillit Bang maker Reckitt Benckiser has warned annual sales will be at the lower end of forecasts due to stuttering Western economies and cooling growth in emerging markets.

  • Whistleblower RBS avoids Libor fine

    21 October 2014 5.00pm.

    Royal Bank of Scotland has avoided a fine from the European Commission after it blew the whistle on a cartel to rig the Swiss franc Libor rate.

  • Think-tank warns of £5bn deficit

    21 October 2014 3.00pm.

    Scotland could face a budget deficit of up to £5 billion if full fiscal autonomy was devolved to Holyrood, according to a think-tank.

  • Tesco hit by steep drop in sales

    21 October 2014 1.00pm.

    Tesco sales are falling at the fastest rate in the grocery industry as ongoing price wars continue to benefit shoppers and squeeze the major retailers.

  • Costa sales keep Whitbread on boil

    21 October 2014 1.00pm.

    Coffee shops to budget hotel owner Whitbread has lifted profits by nearly a fifth after seeing Costa and Premier Inn go from "strength to strength".

  • China growth slowest for five years

    21 October 2014 12.02pm.

    China's economic growth waned to a five-year low of 7.3% last quarter, raising concerns of a spillover effect on the global economy but falling roughly in line with Chinese leaders' plans for a controlled slowdown.

  • Carpetright founder steps down

    21 October 2014 12.00pm.

    Carpetright boss Lord Harris of Peckham has called time on more than 50 years in the carpet trade by announcing he is to leave the business he founded 26 years ago.

  • Blow to Osborne as deficit grows

    21 October 2014 12.00pm.

    George Osborne suffered a fresh blow today as the six-year squeeze on earnings growth was blamed for the latest official figures showing a widening hole in the public finances.

  • ASOS upbeat despite profits slide

    21 October 2014 10.45am.

    Online retailer ASOS has posted a 14% fall in profits after a torrid year in which it was hit by a major warehouse fire and tough overseas trading.

  • Rise in Eurostar passenger numbers

    21 October 2014 7.45am.

    The number of passengers taking Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel increased this summer.

  • Amazon to deliver 13,000 jobs

    21 October 2014 7.17am.

    Online retail giant Amazon is creating 13,000 new part-time jobs to cope with the festive rush as millions of customers log-on to buy Christmas gifts.

  • Total oil boss dies in runway crash

    21 October 2014 4.46am.

    Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total who dedicated his career to the multinational oil company, was killed at a Moscow airport when his private jet collided with a snowplough whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said.

  • £52m pay package for Microsoft boss

    21 October 2014 3.45am.

    Microsoft has given its new boss Satya Nadella a pay package worth 84.3 million dollars (£52.3m).

  • Stock market edges higher

    20 October 2014 11.45pm.

    The US stock market moved quietly higher today as investors decided to step back into a market that was rattled by white-knuckle turbulence last week.

  • Mortgage market 'on a plateau'

    20 October 2014 7.00pm.

    The housing market may be "sitting on a plateau" after lenders reported a slight fall in the amount handed out to borrowers last month.

  • Bank glitch delays house moves

    20 October 2014 3.02pm.

    Thousands of property purchases were thrown into turmoil today as the Bank of England system used to transfer hundreds of billions of payments between lenders was hit by a technical glitch.

  • Spirit warms to Greene King offer

    20 October 2014 12.00pm.

    Chef & Brewer firm Spirit Pub Company is poised to accept an improved takeover proposal worth £725 million from rival Greene King.

  • Comparison sites 'hide best deals'

    20 October 2014 10.01am.

    Consumers are missing out on the best energy deals because comparison sites filter out the tariffs which do not pay commission, it was claimed today.

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