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Cameron tax cuts 'to cost £7.2bn' (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:09:42 GMT)
The tax cuts being proposed by David Cameron would cost around £7.2bn, the Treasury has said.

Price wars hit Sainsbury's sales (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:24:35 GMT)
Sainsbury's has reported a fall in sales for the third quarter in a row as the supermarket price wars begin to take their toll.

Thousands unable to renew car tax (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:38:42 GMT)
Thousands of customers trying to renew their car tax online are experiencing problems with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) website.

Tesco to be probed by regulator (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:43:36 GMT)
Tesco says it has been notified by the Financial Conduct Authority that it is under investigation following its admission that it overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m.

Free iPads as mortgage war escalates (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:48:57 GMT)
Lloyds is offering home buyers free iPad mini tablets in an intensifying mortgage war between major banks.

Eurozone woes hit UK manufacturing (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:01:19 GMT)
The UK manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 17 months in September as a result of the strong pound and weakness in the eurozone, a survey indicates.

MoD naval deals secure 7,500 UK jobs (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:12:20 GMT)
The Ministry of Defence awards £3.2bn of contracts for the maintenance of the Royal Navy fleet, securing 7,500 jobs.

France to shrink deficit by 2017 (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:08:39 GMT)
The French government says it will reduce its budget deficit to below the EU threshold of 3% of GDP by 2017, two years later than promised.

Supermarkets pull FTSE 100 lower (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:28:42 GMT)
Supermarket shares lead the FTSE lower after Sainsbury's reports another fall in sales and warns there is no sign of an improvement in trading.

Microsoft unveils Windows 10 system (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:56:47 GMT)
Microsoft announces the next version of its core operating system, called Windows 10, which will reintroduce the Start Menu.

Inheritance changes come into force (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:37:27 GMT)
Legal changes increasing the inheritance rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will come into force.

Asian stocks retreat on HK protests (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:28:37 GMT)
Asian stocks suffer their fourth consecutive day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating.

Eleven 'Right to Build' areas chosen (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:48:40 GMT)
The first councils to offer help to people wanting to build their own home through the Government's 'Right to Build' scheme are announced.

US and Brazil resolve cotton dispute (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:57:16 GMT)
The United States and Brazil have come to an agreement designed to end a decade long dispute over cotton subsidies, reports say.

eBay to split off PayPal business (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:52 GMT)
E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year.

Virgin asks for football TV inquiry (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:08:24 GMT)
Virgin Media asks Ofcom to investigate the way that the Premier League sells its TV rights, saying the present system is causing "significant consumer harm".

California imposes plastic bag ban (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:54:50 GMT)
The US state is the first to pass legislation imposing a ban on single-use plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores.

Netflix to release full-length film (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:51:24 GMT)
The video streaming site Netflix will release its first feature-length film in 2015, after striking a deal with the Weinstein Company.

Cameron pledges tax cuts 'for 30m' (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:23:50 GMT)
David Cameron says a future Conservative government would cut taxes for thirty million people as he delivers his party conference speech.

Wonga sees profits more than halve (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:52:24 GMT)
Annual profits at payday lender Wonga have fallen by more than half, the company announces.

Annual house price growth 'slows' (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:56:59 GMT)
The annual pace of house price growth slowed to 9.4% in September in England and Wales, according to the Nationwide.

Japan manufacturing sentiment rises (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:20:54 GMT)
Japanese large manufacturers' confidence improved in the three months to September, according to a closely-watched central bank survey.

UK second quarter growth revised up (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:27:10 GMT)
UK economic growth has been revised up to 0.9% for the second quarter of the year by the Office for National Statistics.

Argentina defies US over debt payment (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:57:59 GMT)
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings.

Cuddling koalas is big business (Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:04:36 GMT)
The Featherdale Wildlife Park, a private zoo in Sydney, is thriving by offering a "hands-on" experience with its animals.

The woes of Rio's small retailers (Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:06:37 GMT)
Independent shop owners in Rio de Janeiro are complaining about higher rents and crime rates, and less customers, forcing many to close, reports Donna Bowater.

Setting up business with a stranger (Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:05 GMT)
Charles Rolls and Tim Warrillow, the co-founders of tonic water business Fever-Tree, decided to set up together upon meeting for the very first time.

Ticket ballot for World Cup games (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:37:22 GMT)
Every game at the Rugby World Cup is oversubscribed in at least one price category, with tickets to be allocated by ballot.

Ryder Cup '£40m of free advertising' (Mon, 29 Sep 2014 09:47:53 GMT)
Hosting golf's Ryder Cup was a £40m free advert underlining Scotland's status as the "home of golf", tourism bosses say.

Liverpool under FFP investigation (Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:38:43 GMT)
Liverpool are one of seven European clubs being investigated by Uefa for possible breaches of Financial Fair Play rules.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Radio and TV host Sheila Tracy dies (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:51:10 GMT)
Broadcaster and musician Sheila Tracy, who was the first woman to read the news on BBC Radio 4 and presented Big Band Special on Radio 2, dies.

EastEnders to go live to name killer (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:02:55 GMT)
The killer of EastEnders character Lucy Beale is to be unmasked during a special live broadcast to mark the soap's 30th anniversary next year.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young has dementia (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:54:56 GMT)
Malcolm Young, founding member and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, left the rock band because he is suffering from dementia, his family confirms.

Business booming for female comics (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:38:27 GMT)
Female comics are enjoying a surge in popularity with audiences flocking to see acts including Miranda Hart and Sarah Millican, according to a set of new findings.

Brooks drops costs application (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:38:44 GMT)
Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks drops her legal bid to recover defence costs for the phone-hacking trial, which ended in July.

Tom and Jerry carries racism warning (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:37:02 GMT)
Tom and Jerry cartoons on television are being accompanied by a warning that they may depict scenes of "racial prejudice".

SA soap on hiatus after cast sacking (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:53:05 GMT)
South African soap fans are cut off from the country's most popular programme following the August sacking of its entire cast.

BBC World News wins two Emmy Awards (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20:56 GMT)
BBC World News America wins two News and Documentary Emmys for its coverage of the conflicts in Syria and the Central African Republic (CAR).

Age ratings to start on music videos (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:52:39 GMT)
By the end of the year, expect to see a 12, 15 or 18 on online music videos as an age rating pilot scheme is introduced.

DJ Fox arrested over 'sex assaults' (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:51:06 GMT)
Radio DJ Neil Fox - known as "Dr Fox" - is arrested in London by police investigating claims of sex offences.

BBC rapped over Nightingale sketch (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:47:48 GMT)
The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee criticises Horrible Histories for giving the impression that Florence Nightingale had been racist.

Lionel Shriver wins Short Story award (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:33:00 GMT)
US author Lionel Shriver has won this year's BBC National Short Story Award for her story Kilifi Creek.

Tetris to become movie blockbuster (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:47:24 GMT)
Tetris, the classic video game that involves slotting shaped blocks together, is to be turned into a movie.

Harry Hill to play Prof Branestawm (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:26:37 GMT)
Comedian Harry Hill is to take on the role of children's literary character Professor Branestawm for a new BBC One drama.

Marcos art seized in Philippines (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT)
Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds.

Scans reveal hidden Leonardo works (Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:01:38 GMT)
Leonardo Da Vinci painted three versions of his famous painting The Lady with an Ermine, a French scientist discovers.

Film art dominates Turner Prize show (Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:00:29 GMT)
Visitors to this year's Turner Prize 2014 exhibition will find themselves spending much of their time watching films in semi-darkness.

Premiere for Spandau Ballet film (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:47:26 GMT)
Eighties pop legends Spandau Ballet perform some of their greatest hits at the premiere of a film about their at times turbulent career.

Billy Elliot show tops UK box office (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:40:21 GMT)
A special live screening of Billy Elliot the Musical Live tops the UK and Ireland box office taking £1.9m - making it the highest grossing event cinema release.

Chinese cinema set for record year (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:41:50 GMT)
Chinese cinema box office revenue surges 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show.

Brands to be added in music videos (Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:11:17 GMT)
Universal Music Group will place ads in music videos after they have been filmed in an attempt to get higher advertising revenue.

Parody laws set to come into effect (Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:09:29 GMT)
Changes to UK legislation are to come into force later this week allowing the parody of copyright works.

Katherine Jenkins weds US director (Sun, 28 Sep 2014 21:50:28 GMT)
Singer Katherine Jenkins marries her American fiance at Hampton Court in Surrey.

Morgan 'failed to wear seatbelt' (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:45:10 GMT)
30 Rock comic Tracy Morgan was not wearing a seatbelt in a car accident that left him badly injured and another passenger dead, according to papers filed in a US court.

Whately: 'One more' series of Lewis (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:27:56 GMT)
Kevin Whately, star of detective series Lewis, says there will be just one more series of the long-running drama.

Davis Newsnight debut pulls 500,000 (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:22:12 GMT)
Evan Davis's debut as main presenter of Newsnight attracts an average of 500,000 viewers - half the number who witnessed Jeremy Paxman's swansong.

VIDEO: Spandau Ballet on 80s 'hedonism' (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 11:49:03 GMT)
Eighties pop group Spandau Ballet reunite for the premiere of a film about their career.

VIDEO: Lionel Shriver wins short story award (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:49:17 GMT)
Lionel Shriver has won this year's BBC National Short Story Award for her story Kilifi Creek.

VIDEO: Scheme trials music videos age ratings (Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:36:03 GMT)
Music videos shown online are to be given age ratings in the same way films are, in a new pilot scheme.

VIDEO: X Men star: I don't watch my films (Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:53:55 GMT)
X Men star James Marsden talks to BBC Breakfast about his new film The Best of Me and why he has not seen the ending

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