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Housing market 'losing momentum' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:24:55 GMT)
The UK housing market is showing signs of slowing down, the Nationwide says, with the annual rate of price growth slowing to 9% in October.

Motorway fuel '£8 a tank dearer' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:05:37 GMT)
Filling up at a motorway service station can cost the average motorist an extra £8 a tank compared with elsewhere, the RAC says.

Apple chief: 'I'm proud to be gay' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:14:43 GMT)
Apple chief executive Tim Cook has publicly acknowledged his sexuality, saying he wants to try to help people struggling with their identity.

US posts better-than-expected growth (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:30:33 GMT)
The US economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5% in the third quarter, a better figure than economists were expecting.

Australia bank plans UK asset sale (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:15:06 GMT)
National Australia Bank is considering floating its Clydesdale and Yorkshire banking operations on the stock market as part of an exit from the UK.

Decline in German unemployment (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:06:08 GMT)
Unemployment in Germany fell this month, confounding predictions of a slight rise.

Big firms 'must condemn GamerGate' (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:59:47 GMT)
Games publishers must "stand-up and condemn" the movement referred to as "GamerGate", says a developer forced to leave her home due to threats.

Barclays sets aside £500m in probe (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:04:34 GMT)
Barclays reports profits of £3.72bn for the first nine months of the year as it sets aside £500m relating to "investigations" into foreign exchange trading.

Lufthansa lowers 2015 profit goal (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:51:17 GMT)
Lufthansa has lowered its profit guidance for 2015 due to concerns about a global economic slowdown and competition over fares.

Samsung profit lowest in three years (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:29:41 GMT)
Samsung Electronics sees its quarterly operating profit fall to its lowest level in more than three years because of slowing smartphone sales.

Shell appoints new chairman (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:54:11 GMT)
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has appointed former Bank of America and DuPont chair Charles Holliday as chairman.

US Fed ends QE stimulus programme (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:28:18 GMT)
US Federal Reserve announces an end to the quantitative easing stimulus programme begun in 2008 as economic recovery takes hold.

Price war fears hit BT shares (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:49:14 GMT)
The FTSE 100 falls 1%, and shares in BT Group drop as investors worry it could be drawn into a price war with Sky.

Tesco in criminal fraud probe (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:40:57 GMT)
The Serious Fraud Office is carrying out a criminal investigation into accounting irregularities at supermarket giant Tesco.

Fiat Chrysler to spin off Ferrari (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:04:15 GMT)
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to spin off Ferrari and sell a 10% stake in the luxury carmaker on the stock market.

Noriega fails to sue Call of Duty (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:19:33 GMT)
The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, fails in his attempt to sue Activision after a character based on him appeared in a Call of Duty game.

Tesco ATM promises 'free erections' (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:43:59 GMT)
There's been a rather unfortunate translation error on an ATM outside an Aberystwyth store.

'Rip-off' payday loan broker warning (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:14:04 GMT)
Consumers are warned to be wary of "rip-off" payday middlemen, after the NatWest bank reports that it is receiving hundreds of new complaints every day.

'Number spoofing' scam nets millions (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:26 GMT)
A new phone scam - known as number spoofing - is netting millions of pounds for fraudsters, consumers are being warned

Yorkshire fined £4.1m over mortgages (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:14:26 GMT)
Yorkshire Building Society is fined £4.1m for failing to deal properly with customers who were falling behind on mortgage payments.

Singapore 'best place for business' (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:31:31 GMT)
Singapore is ranked the best country to do business for a ninth consecutive year by the World Bank's annual "Doing Business" report.

Mortgage approvals at 14-month low (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:20:47 GMT)
The number of mortgages being approved has fallen to its lowest level in more than a year, according to the Bank of England.

Insolvency rate at eight-year low (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:58:52 GMT)
The rate at which Britons are becoming insolvent falls to its lowest since before the financial crisis, according to official figures.

The man who built a chocolate empire (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:02:27 GMT)
Hotel Chocolat co-founder Angus Thirlwell explains how he created a corporate mints provider which he transformed into a chocolate empire.

Silicon Valley's billion dollar failures (Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:04:53 GMT)
US tech start ups are 'burning' cash at alarmingly high rates, and some experts are warning that innovation could suffer

The Brazilian walk-in siesta centres (Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:09:10 GMT)
A start-up business in Brazil is rolling out a network of drop-in siesta centres, where people can go to take an afternoon nap.

NFL could give UK 'more than £100m' (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:32 GMT)
A London-based NFL team could be worth more than £100m a year to the UK, according to a new report.

Hearts 'will adopt living wage' (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:19:33 GMT)
Hearts vow to become the first football club in Scotland - and biggest in the UK - to adopt the living wage.

'Prize money gap needs to be closed' (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:02:42 GMT)
Men earn more prize money than women in 30% of sports, a BBC Sport study reveals.

VIDEO: How to build an engine in 42 seconds (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:34:12 GMT)
Steph McGovern reports from the new Jaguar Land Rover Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton where robots can construct an engine from its component parts in under a minute.

BBC Entertainment & Arts News

Young Fathers win Mercury Prize (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 23:03:12 GMT)
Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers win the £20,000 Barclaycard Mercury Prize with their album Dead.

Ant and Dec to host 2015 Brit awards (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:35:25 GMT)
TV duo Ant and Dec are to host the 2015 Brit awards, 14 years since the last time they presented the ceremony.

Pulitzer-winning poet Kinnell dies (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:11:44 GMT)
Pulitzer Prize-winning US poet Galway Kinnell, best known for his spiritual poems connecting the experiences of daily life to larger forces, dies aged 87.

Arts groups share £100m funding (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:15:12 GMT)
More than 100 arts groups across the country are to receive regular funding from Creative Scotland, it is announced.

Gormley's new cliff top sculpture (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:39:09 GMT)
An Antony Gormley statue described as a "robotic Angel of the North" will be installed on a cliff top in Dorset.

'Orphan' artworks set to find homes (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:59:13 GMT)
Millions of photos, diaries, letters and recordings whose copyright owners cannot be traced may be made accessible for the first time under a new scheme.

Unwell Nutini cancels more UK gigs (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:37:23 GMT)
Chart-topping singer Paolo Nutini postpones two more UK arena shows in London and Cardiff due to "severe tonsillitis".

Spacey mourns House of Cards actress (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:11:14 GMT)
Kevin Spacey pays tribute to actress Elizabeth Norment, who played Nancy Kaufberger, the secretary to his character in US TV drama House of Cards.

Collins hands over Alamo artefacts (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:39:50 GMT)
Singer Phil Collins hands over his large collection of Alamo memorabilia to a Texas museum, calling the donation the end of a six-decade "journey".

Joan Rivers family hires legal firm (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:09:14 GMT)
Joan Rivers' daughter Melissa hires a legal firm to investigate the circumstances around her mother's death last month.

Big Brother to launch in China (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:46:49 GMT)
China is to get its own version of Big Brother for the first time, with the housemates' exploits to be broadcast on popular video site Youku Tudou.

Batman fan 'disappointed' by auction (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:12:49 GMT)
A Batman fan says he is "disappointed" most of his 2,000 items of memorabilia failed to sell at a Manchester auction.

'Operation' inventor needs operation (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:53:29 GMT)
The American inventor of the popular board game Operation is in desperate need of money to pay for a real-life operation.

Celebrities voice Tube announcements (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:36:12 GMT)
The voices of celebrities including Stephen Fry, Barbara Windsor and Joanna Lumley will echo across trains and buses as part of London Poppy Day.

Million pound grant for museum (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:21:56 GMT)
The Wellcome Trust is giving £1.3m to fund the creation of six new science and technology galleries at the National Museum of Scotland.

Plaque honours city's second poet (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:59:17 GMT)
A plaque honouring a poet who Dylan Thomas called "the most profound and greatly accomplished Welshman writing poems in English" is to be unveiled in Swansea.

London skatepark given listed status (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:02:53 GMT)
A London skatepark is awarded Grade II listing, becoming the first of its kind to be listed in Europe.

Marvel reveals five-year film plan (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 23:11:02 GMT)
Doctor Strange, Guardians Of The Galaxy sequel and new Avengers films among Marvel announcement.

Brad Pitt's Fury tops UK box office (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:36:52 GMT)
Brad Pitt's World War Two drama Fury tops the UK and Ireland box office in its first week of release.

Nolan's Interstellar 'a flawed epic' (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:04:32 GMT)
Christopher Nolan's new film Interstellar receives measured acclaim from critics, who praise its ambitious scale but are less convinced by the story.

U2 star's PA loses theft appeal (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:56:58 GMT)
A former personal assistant to U2 star Adam Clayton loses an appeal against her conviction for stealing 2.8m euros (£2.2m) from the guitarist.

Police seek 'Oasis fan' after theft (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:06:27 GMT)
Police suspect an Oasis fan may be behind the theft of a painting of the band from a Greater Manchester art gallery.

Eric Morecambe Day plan proposed (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:31:29 GMT)
Plans for an "Eric Morecambe Day" and a sculpture of him with comic partner Ernie Wise are proposed in the wake of an attack on his statue.

Harris 'to host US Takeaway show' (Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:33:36 GMT)
Actor Neil Patrick Harris is to host a US version of ITV's Saturday Night Takeaway, according to reports.

Strictly widens X Factor ratings gap (Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:56:36 GMT)
Strictly Come Dancing has beaten rival talent show The X Factor by two million, according to overnight ratings - the biggest gap of the season so far.

VIDEO: Newly-lit Sistine Chapel is unveiled (Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:56:15 GMT)
The Vatican has unveiled a new hi-tech LED lighting system for the Sistine Chapel in Rome.

VIDEO: Stars glow at Interstellar premiere (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:22:09 GMT)
The stars of Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated Interstellar praise its "ambition" at the film's European premiere.

VIDEO: Young Fathers win Mercury Prize (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:43:04 GMT)
The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize has produced a shock win for the Edinburgh-based hip-hop group Young Fathers.

VIDEO: Gyllenhaal makes news in Nightcrawler (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:40:16 GMT)
Television news ethics come under fire in Jake Gyllenhaal's latest film, Nightcrawler.

VIDEO: Rossi: 'Alcohol led me to cocaine' (Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:08:33 GMT)
Guitarist and singer of Status Quo Francis Rossi discusses his drug use during the 1970s and 1980s.

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