The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche says it will buy maker of lung disease therapies InterMune for $8.3bn.
US Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says there is still "remaining slack in the labour market".
Uncertainty over an independent Scotland's currency could lead to "capital flight" from the country, the chairman of HSBC claims.
President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has announced a mandatory fingerprinting system in supermarkets to combat food shortages and smuggling.
Russian EU food sanctions hit just before the Polish apple crop harvests leaving farmers with a glut of unsold fruit.
The London Stock Exchange is raising £938m in a shareholders rights issue to help fund a £1.6bn US acquisition.
US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and will launch the first two stores early next year.
Voters expect much from Indonesia's president-elect, but can he govern at national as well as local level, asks the BBC's Michael Bristow.
Argentina's plan to ask investors holding defaulted bonds to swap them for new locally issued debt is ruled "illegal" by a US court.
High hopes for the equestrian world games
Russian ban starts to bite for Poland's apple growers
The S&P surges to a fresh all-time high on Thursday boosted by signs of a strengthening US economy.
Family Dollar, the US-based discount store at the centre of a bidding war, rejects rival Dollar General's proposal to buy it in a deal worth about $9.7bn (£5.8bn).
Bank of Scotland says it will appeal against a Belfast High Court judgement that ruled it had unfairly double billed customers who fell behind on their mortgages.
Bank of America agrees to pay a record $16.7bn (£10bn) to US authorities for selling toxic mortgage loans that helped trigger the financial crisis.
Europe drops earlier assessment on Iraq
Aston Villa name Tom Fox as the Premier League club's new chief executive, replacing Paul Faulkner, who left in July.
Russia's main consumer watchdog announces unscheduled checks on a number of McDonald's restaurants as part of an investigation into food standards.
Eurozone business growth slows in August, weighed down by sluggish French and German economies.
More than 130,000 cars were made in the UK last month, a rise of 2.8% compared with last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.