The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 28 min 26 sec ago
Hotel Chocolat co-founder Angus Thirlwell explains how he created a corporate mints provider which he transformed into a chocolate empire.
Twenty-four European banks fail "stress tests" of their finances, with 14 still needing to raise more capital, the European Banking Authority says.
The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said.
A mass protest is held in the Italian capital, Rome, against Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's plans for labour market reform.
One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.
Brazil's election highlights huge economic disparities
Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer.
Ukraine and Russia find "consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm.
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, founders of the Dolce & Gabbana fashion house, are cleared by an Italian court of tax evasion.
Europe's biggest football clubs consider asking Fifa to hold the 2022 World Cup in May to avoid the intense summer heat.
Ford reports a sharp fall in profits, largely due to the cost of developing its new F-150 pickup truck.
Future entrepreneurs are being cherry-picked using data analysis by a venture capital business looking to get to start-ups earlier than its competitors.
Roderick MacLeod reports on the growing trout farming business in the water-rich African country of Lesotho.
The economy expanded at a slower pace in in the three months to 30 September following a 0.9% rise in the second quarter, the ONS said.
The UK recovery has past its peak
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance.
China wants to overhaul its massive legal system
Asian shares were mixed on Friday after US markets closed higher on strong company results that boosted investor sentiment.
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.