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Michael Bloomberg, founder of the eponymous financial information firm Bloomberg and former New York Mayor, has been given an honorary knighthood.
Hundreds of people remain camped on the streets of Hong Kong, but civil servants are able to return to work as protester numbers dwindle.
Hewlett-Packard is to split into two companies, separating its computer and printer business from its corporate hardware and services operations.
Why are three million households struggling to make ends meet?
Growth in the UK services sector eases to a three-month low in September amid suggestions that the recovery may be "losing its legs".
Virgin Atlantic will stop operating Little Red, its UK flight network service in September 2015 - two and a half years after its inaugural flights.
British designer John Galliano is to return to high-end fashion as creative director of French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.
New UK car sales had their strongest September in ten years, latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show.
German factory orders fall in August by their largest amount since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, according to economy ministry data.
The World Bank cuts China's growth forecast for the next three years as the world's second largest economy tackles structural reforms.
Asian markets rebound on Monday following stronger-than-expected US payroll data for September and a rally in the dollar.
Yahoo is reportedly close to investing millions of dollars in mobile messaging service Snapchat, which may value the start-up at $10bn.
Is inequality the enemy of growth?
Japanese design student Tomomi Sayuda explains why she has built a frivolous helmet for playing games, in honour of her late father.
The end of the weekly shop?
Homebuyers pay an average premium of £125,000 to live in some of the country's most scenic locations, according to new research
A Burmese migrant battles the odds to set up his own mushroom cultivation business in Thailand.
The tale of a Burmese migrant in Thailand, who battled against the odds to become a rare success story.
In his first interview since leaving Pimco, former boss Bill Gross says he is 'uniquely exuberant' at leaving management responsibilities behind.
A 20-year-old summer intern at chip giant Intel has created an internet-connected wheelchair that could save lives.