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Further jobless rate fall predicted

16 September 2014 6.00pm.

Unemployment figures are expected to show another improvement tomorrow when the UK's jobless rate falls to a five-year low of 6.3%.

Oligarch buys social network site

16 September 2014 5.02pm.

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out 1.5 billion dollars (£925 million) to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte.

Thomas Cook sees German slowdown

16 September 2014 5.00pm.

Europe's uncertain economic prospects cast a cloud over Thomas Cook's recovery today after a slowdown in bookings in Germany.

  • Ireland's business tax faces test

    16 September 2014 5.00pm.

    Ireland's much-maligned corporation tax is facing its stiffest test after a world recognised think-tank set out far-reaching reforms to halt aggressive tax avoidance by big business.

  • ASOS dashes hopes of profit rebound

    16 September 2014 11.00am.

    Online retailer ASOS lost sales of between £25 million and £30 million following a serious fire at its main warehouse in June.

  • New record high for property prices

    16 September 2014 11.00am.

    House prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 across the UK as the average property value in London has topped half a million pounds for the first time, an official report shows.

  • Russian rouble hits record low

    16 September 2014 10.02am.

    Russia's currency has dropped to an all-time low against the US dollar as investors fret about long-term economic damage from Western sanctions.

  • Easynet reaches Pinnacle with new IT deal

    16 September 2014 9.28am.

    Scottish IT services firm Pinnacle Technology yesterday revealed a new cost-cutting tie-up with global hosting group Easynet.

  • Profits edge lower at Dundee medical testing firm Axis-Shield

    16 September 2014 9.26am.

    Profits at Axis-Shield Diagnostics were marginally lower last year as the Dundee medical testing firm struggled to make headway in the potentially lucrative Chinese market.

  • Growth and green policy 'possible'

    16 September 2014 5.45am.

    Choosing between growth and tackling climate change is a "false dilemma" as the two can be achieved together, a global commission has said.

  • Safe trading ahead of Fed meeting

    16 September 2014 4.00am.

    Investors played it safe today ahead of a potentially pivotal US Federal Reserve meeting. While large company stocks ended the day little changed, smaller, riskier stocks slumped.

  • EE sorry as bosses' phones cut off

    16 September 2014 1.47am.

    Phones 4u managers suffered a final blow from network operator EE when their phones were cut off as they attempted to brief staff on the firm's collapse.

  • Price wars keep inflation low

    16 September 2014 1.45am.

    Inflation slowed to 1.5% last month as consumers benefited from lower petrol prices and the ongoing supermarket price war.

  • Sports bars chain in administration

    15 September 2014 7.00pm.

    A number of Rileys sports bars were shut down today after the appointment of administrators to run the business, which dates back to 1878.

  • Inflation 'to remain below target'

    15 September 2014 4.00pm.

    Inflation is expected to remain below the Bank of England's 2% target when official figures for August are published tomorrow.

  • Experts scale back growth forecasts

    15 September 2014 4.00pm.

    The OECD has scaled back its economic growth forecasts with a warning that bullish financial markets are failing to price in mounting global risks.

  • Greggs rolls out more profits cheer

    15 September 2014 10.45am.

    Pasty and sausage roll maker Greggs said its profits will beat expectations after customers warmed to its new products and refurbished shops.

  • Heineken rebuffs SABMiller takeover

    15 September 2014 9.45am.

    Heineken, which owns former Scottish & Newcastle brands Strongbow and Kronenbourg 1664, has rebuffed a takeover approach from SABMiller.

  • Small Scottish firms’ confidence dips below UK average, index shows

    15 September 2014 7.33am.

    Confidence among small Scottish firms dipped below the UK average in the third quarter of the year.

  • ‘Favourable’ footfall figures for Scots shopping districts

    15 September 2014 7.27am.

    Scotland’s shopping districts welcomed more people last month, new statistics from the Scottish Retail Consortium have shown.

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