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Wednesday 13 August 2014
The bitter battle between ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft has been driven to new levels of intensity with both sides accusing the other of foul play.
kurds in Iraq
Wednesday 13 August 2014
France has announced that it is delivering weapons to the Kurds in Iraq, in order to help them fend off the Islamic State (IS) militant group that has taken control of much of the north of the country.  
US retail sales edge up
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Retail and food sales reached $439.8bn (£263m) in the US last month, a marginal uptick of 0.5 per cent on June, and 3.7 per cent higher than July 2013.  
Jack Reacher by Lee Child
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Jack Reacher author Lee Child appeared on Newsnight yesterday to explain why he and hundreds of other authors have spoken out against Amazon.
European Union
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Eurozone's industrial output for June fell behind economists' expectations, placing a cloud over hopes of an economic recovery for the single currency.  
Salmond and Darling shake hands at Scottish independence debate
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Contingency plans have been made by the Bank of England ahead of the Scottish referendum in response to uncertainties over the country’s currency if it becomes independent.
American Apparel autumn 14
Wednesday 13 August 2014
American Apparel has reported bigger than expected losses for its second quarter, as the company attempts to ride out a series of scandals relating to founder and former chief executive Dov Charney.   
Vladimir Putin and Sepp Blatter
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Russia has risked incurring the wrath of Fifa after its football union voted to incorporate three clubs from the annexed Crimea region into their third division, a decision apparently motivated by fear of upsetting president Vladimir Putin.
Walkie Talkie tower
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Land Securities Group, the owner of the Walkie Talkie building, has sold off a 50 per cent stake in a Bristol shopping centre for £267.8m.
French flag in Europe
Wednesday 13 August 2014
France is struggling to keep up with the rest of Europe when it comes to economic growth, prompting the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to dub it "the sick man" of Europe.  
Playstation TV device
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Sony has sold 10m of its PlayStation 4 consoles in the nine months since launch and has revealed a 14 November UK release date for its new PlayStation TV streaming device.
Mark Carney
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Bank of England (BoE) has raised its 2014 growth forecast from 3.4 per cent to 3.5 per cent.   
Chinese etailer ShangPin
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Sir Philip Green's high street retailers Topshop and Miss Selfridge will debut in China next month through a deal with local online partner ShangPin.com.  
Robin Williams
Wednesday 13 August 2014
As well as being one of the most loved comedians and successful actors of a generation, Robin Williams was known to be a huge video game fan - he even named his first daughter Zelda after the popular Nintendo character and son Cody after a chara
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Danny Alexander will continue his opposition to a formal currency union if Scotland votes for independence in September's referendum. Speaking in a BBC 2 debate on independence, Alexander said:
Regular pay growth
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Regular pay has grown at its lowest rate since records began in 2001, according to the Office for National Statistics.   
Office workers
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The UK's headline unemployment rate dropped to 6.4 per cent in the three months to June, which is down from 6.5 per cent in May and the lowest level since late 2008.  
G4S
Wednesday 13 August 2014
G4S has returned to profit for the six months to June 30, with growth in Africa and South America offsetting declining revenues in the UK.   
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The owner of confused.com has announced the appointment of  Geraint Jones as group chief financial officer (CFO) and executive director of Admiral Group, with effect from 13 August.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The euro slid to an 11-month low yesterday after grim signals that even the German economy was slowing down, while the currency union hovered on the edge of deflation.
Rupert Soames
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The magnitude of the challenge facing Rupert Soames was revealed yesterday, as embattled outsourcing firm Serco reported a 66 per cent slump in first-half profit and confirmed that revenues would fall next year, missing industry forecasts.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The price of Brent crude sank to a 13-month low yesterday, after the International Energy Agency (IEA) said oversupply in the market had offset “worrisome developments” in Iraq and other major oil producers.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Petra Diamonds took the wraps off their 122.52 carat blue diamond yesterday, no bigger than a strawberry, but potentially worth more than £60m – and the sale process will begin next Monday, 18 August.  
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Ten top executives at RBS were awarded £3.5m in fixed allowances yesterday, the first payout under the new system which has replaced bonuses at the bank.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
European regulation has driven up the cost of energy to British companies, and the country’s manufacturing firms are less positive about current EU membership than previously suggested, according to a report released this morning.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Tension between Russia and Ukraine flared up yesterday after officials in Kiev declared that a Moscow-sponsored convoy carrying humanitarian aid to rebels in the east would be stopped at the border.
Candy Crush character
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Candy Crush maker King Digital en­ter­t­ainment yesterday announced poor second-quarter revenue, sending its share price crashing by 21 per cent in after-hours trading.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
AMERICAN businesses advertised more job vacancies this June than in any month for more than 13 years, according to figures released yesterday.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
City veteran Sir Win Bischoff was yesterday hired as chairman of JP Morgan Securities, to oversee the giant US bank’s main corporate and investment banking operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Wednesday 13 August 2014
BOOKMAKER Ladbrokes yesterday posted a 49.7 per cent slump in profit during the first half of the year to 30 June after disruption hurt its online profits due to the switch to a new software developer.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
SHARES in the world’s largest online takeaway service, Just Eat, rocketed yesterday after it reported an almost 200 per cent jump in half-year profit as the business expanded in Britain and Denmark, its two biggest markets.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
A UK engineering firm backed by the Prime Minister reaped the benefits of an increase in housebuilding last year to bolster sales by nearly a fifth.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
US COMPUTER firm HP has been acc­used of trying to “cover up both its mismanagement” of its $11.1bn (£6.6bn) Autonomy takeover in 2011, and a “ploy to falsely accuse others” by its former finance chief.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
FASHION retailer New Look said yesterday it had received an offer for its French clothing chain Mim after revealing a strong rise in first quarter sales.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
ALLIANCE Boots said yesterday it had made its first foray into Latin America, after completing its acquisition of pharmacy chain Farmacias Ahumada.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
INDEPENDENT book publisher Quarto yesterday announced that the first half of 2014 had been “challenging”, and profits had fallen by nearly two-thirds.
Tidjane Thiam
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The strong pound and changes to UK annuities failed to stop the country’s biggest insurer, Prudential, from surging to a better-than-expected rise in profit yesterday.   
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Britain's boom and bust into the financial crisis were both smaller than previously thought, official stat­isticians confirmed yesterday. The overall economy is the same size as had been estimated previously.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
A leading property asset manager and expert on central London property has dismissed concerns over slowing growth, after new figures reveal growing appetite in the capital’s luxury housing market.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
BUILDING supplies company SIG yesterday reported a 23.5 per cent jump in half-year profit, buoyed by the UK construction recovery.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
THE WORLD’S biggest fund manager BlackRock has appointed a former understudy to Mark Carney to its London research unit.
GlaxoSmithKline HQ
Wednesday 13 August 2014
GlaxoSmithKline is facing new bribery allegations in Syria, the latest in a string of accusations flung at the drugmaker from countries across the world.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
ASIA Resource Minerals (ARMS), the scandal-struck miner formerly known as Bumi, yesterday said its main subsidiary Berau had postponed a $450m (£268m) bond refinancing due to challenging market conditions.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
IP GROUP, which turns university research projects into businesses, yesterday rejigged the finances of two biotech spin-outs developed at the University of Oxford and University of Cardiff.
woman on phone
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Vodafone has been ranked bot­tom for call quality, according to research from industry regulator Ofcom.
Wednesday 13 August 2014
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Wednesday 13 August 2014
BRITAIN’S top shares yesterday were pegged back by tension between the west and Russia over Ukraine, although robust results lifted insurance and pensions group Prudential.

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