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Airline axes Gatwick bag handler (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:45:32 GMT)
Leisure airline Monarch terminates its contract with Swissport, one of the baggage-handling companies at Gatwick airport, after weekend chaos.

Warm weather hits British Gas profit (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:31:24 GMT)
British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.

Argentina defaults for second time (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:01:06 GMT)
Argentina has defaulted on its debt - for the second time in 13 years - after last-minute talks in New York with a group of bond-holders end in failure.

Lloyds profits hit by PPI charges (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:57:04 GMT)
Profit at Lloyds Banking Group falls after it is hit by PPI mis-selling charges and a Libor rate-rigging settlement.

House price growth moderates in July (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:17:30 GMT)
The growth in house prices is starting to moderate, according to the UK's biggest building society, the Nationwide.

Glazers in £88.7m Man Utd share sale (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:16:14 GMT)
Manchester United's US owners will pocket about $150 million by selling more of their shares in the club on the New York Stock Exchange.

Eurozone inflation falls to 0.4% (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:43:54 GMT)
The eurozone inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since the height of the financial crisis, adding pressure on the European Central Bank to intervene again.

New guidance on delivery charges (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:01:22 GMT)
The UK government unveils new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers living in remote areas.

New EU sanctions hit top Putin aides (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:55:06 GMT)
A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.

Shell sees 'robust' profits rise (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:41:08 GMT)
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.

Diageo sales hit by China slowdown (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:20:12 GMT)
Drinks giant Diageo reports a fall in net sales after being hit by a slowdown in China and other emerging markets.

London Market Report (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:06:07 GMT)
The FTSE 100 gets off to a strong start in early Thursday trading, boosted by a strong crop of results from blue-chip companies.

Russia told to pay Yukos investors (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:03:37 GMT)
Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.

Sony's profits jump on sales of PS4 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:08:28 GMT)
Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.

Portuguese bank in 3.6bn euros loss (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 04:28:48 GMT)
Portugal's troubled lender, Banco Espirito Santo, reports a bigger-than-expected loss of 3.6bn euros for the first six months of the year.

Samsung profit hit by phone slowdown (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:40:17 GMT)
Profits at Samsung Electronics fall 20% in the second quarter, hurt mainly by a slowdown in smartphone sales and a strong Korean currency.

India's Tata set to invest $35bn (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:03:09 GMT)
Tata, India's biggest business group, is set to invest $35bn over the next three years in areas including retail and defence.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:11 GMT)
A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster' (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT)
Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Energy firms to 'double' margins (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:57:09 GMT)
The big six energy firms are set to double their profit margins over the next year, according to estimates by the regulator, Ofgem.

HSBC closes some Muslims' accounts (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:50:51 GMT)
HSBC bank writes to Finsbury Park Mosque and other Muslim organisations around the UK giving them notice their accounts will be closed.

Personal insolvencies in sudden jump (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:18:08 GMT)
There has been a sudden jump in the number of individuals becoming insolvent, in the steepest rise since 2010, according to government figures.

US economic growth surges by 4% (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:37:29 GMT)
The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

Fastest growth in Spain since 2007 (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:46:00 GMT)
Spain's economy is growing at its fastest quarterly rate since the end of 2007, but it is also facing a deflation threat.

New banker rules 'could hurt London' (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:39:58 GMT)
Bank of England plans to penalise badly-performing bankers could put London at a disadvantage as a financial centre, says banking industry body BBA.

The 'mistake' behind a top handbag firm (Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:03:15 GMT)
Baggit is one of India's most well-known handbag brands. Founder Nina Lekhi explains how it was created "by mistake".

The bakery in the middle of a desert (Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:16 GMT)
Why two Spanish sisters are growing wheat and baking bread in one of the most arid regions of Spain.

Business gurus answer your questions (Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:13:05 GMT)
Three business investors answer our readers' questions about how they judge whether or not to invest in a business venture.

World Cup ads boost ITV profits (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:39:11 GMT)
The World Cup and a revival in advertising revenues boost profits at the broadcaster ITV.

Ecclestone 'to settle' bribery case (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:11:29 GMT)
Lawyers for Bernie Ecclestone say the Formula 1 boss is ready to pay a German bank 25 million euros ($34m; £20m) to settle a court case against him.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

6 Music audience overtakes Radio 3 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:03:44 GMT)
BBC Radio 6 Music listening figures surpass BBC Radio 3 for the first time with 1.89m weekly listeners.

Kylie to headline Games closing show (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:56:40 GMT)
Kylie Minogue will perform at the closing ceremony of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, organisers confirm.

Gibb's final song to be released (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:53:55 GMT)
The last song written and recorded by late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb is to be released in September, it is announced.

US TV producer Halmi dies aged 90 (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:54:17 GMT)
Prolific US television producer Robert Halmi Sr, whose work won dozens of Emmy Awards, dies at the age of 90.

City of Culture boss appointed (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:25:16 GMT)
The man behind the London 2012 Olympic ceremonies is chosen to deliver Hull's City of Culture programme in 2017.

Documentary pioneer Robert Drew dies (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:35:09 GMT)
Robert Drew, the pioneer of fly-on-the-wall documentary style known as Cinema Verite, has died at the age of 90

Production stalls on Big Bang Theory (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:57:16 GMT)
Work on the eighth series of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory is delayed, as its cast members fight for higher salaries.

Fake Bieber promoter faces prison (Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:44:58 GMT)
US man who posed as a concert promoter who could book Justin Bieber and Rihanna facing jail term for stealing millions of dollars.

Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster' (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT)
Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September.

Bank backtracks on burlesque ban (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:11 GMT)
A circus group which was denied a Santander business bank account because its showgirl and burlesque acts posed a "moral problem" has now been offered the account.

Actress Sally Farmiloe dies aged 60 (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:17 GMT)
Actress Sally Farmiloe, who appeared in Howards' Way and had an affair with Lord Archer during the 1990s, dies of cancer at the age of 60.

R Kelly leaves festival line-up (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:04:46 GMT)
Singer R Kelly is removed from the line-up of a US music festival amid concerns about a past court appearance for possessing child pornography.

Artist quits school after 1D success (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:45:06 GMT)
A teenager gives up his studies after his portraits of One Direction go viral on Instagram.

Star Wars name passport rejected (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:19:46 GMT)
A woman who added "Skywalker" as a middle name is told by passport officials that her signature infringes a trademark.

Anderson 'stellar' in Streetcar (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:36:43 GMT)
Critics say Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career in A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Young Vic.

Emin's My Bed set for long Tate loan (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:05:15 GMT)
Tracey Emin's controversial artwork My Bed is to return to the Tate after being sold by Charles Saatchi for £2.2m earlier this month.

Lloyd Webber to sue over Superstar (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:22:27 GMT)
Andrew Lloyd Webber's company, Really Useful Group, is to sue over a cancelled US tour of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Lawyers quit director's sex case (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:57:10 GMT)
Two lawyers acting for a man who claims he was sexually abused by X-Men director Bryan Singer as a teenager ask to withdraw from the case.

Hollywood rallies to save celluloid (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:22:34 GMT)
Movie directors including Quentin Tarantino and JJ Abrams lead an attempt to save the last Kodak factory that manufactures physical film stock.

Unesco asks for Star Wars report (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:45:33 GMT)
Unesco contacts the Irish government asking for a report on the use of a County Kerry island for filming the new Star Wars film.

Co-op changes music policy in stores (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:04:43 GMT)
The supermarket chain is now playing signed and unsigned music artists throughout its UK stores.

Government ends prison guitar ban (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:56 GMT)
A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr.

Band 'didn't believe' Watkins abuse (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:22:17 GMT)
Former members of Lostprophets say they originally hoped child abuse reports about singer Ian Watkins were a "mistake" and now want to move forward.

No appeal over Rolf Harris sentence (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:52:24 GMT)
Rolf Harris's five-year-and-nine-month jail sentence over sex offences will not be referred to the appeal court, despite 150 complaints over its "leniency".

Coe 'will not run for BBC Trust job' (Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:51:54 GMT)
Lord Coe indicates that he has withdrawn from the race to be the next chairman of the BBC Trust.

Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules (Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:36 GMT)
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules.

VIDEO: Hopper's art given life on film (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:04:19 GMT)
Talking Movies talks to Gustav Deutsch - a multimedia artist at the cutting edge of cinema.

VIDEO: Star Wars comes to County Kerry (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:59:06 GMT)
Residents and tourists in Portmagee, County Kerry, are getting a taste of Hollywood as scenes for the new Star Wars film are shot on nearby island Skellig Michael.

VIDEO: A hip-hop history tour of Compton (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 00:25:05 GMT)
Hodari Sababu leads driving tours of Compton to show visitors from around the world the city's colourful hip-hop past.

VIDEO: Minster's glass returns to window (Wed, 30 Jul 2014 22:26:57 GMT)
Glaziers have begun to return renovated medieval stained glass to York Minster's Great East Window.

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