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Toys are increasingly being marketed for adults as well as children and with Christmas approaching, it is predicted to be an exceptionally profitable year for manufacturers.
Would food prices rise in an independent Scotland?
Some Indian firms stand to benefit from Iran's nuclear deal, while others have concerns, as Sameer Hashmi reports.
Young Indians are leaving professional jobs to campaign for political parties before India's election.
British retailer Marks & Spencer says it plans to make India its biggest overseas market.
Eight leading technology firms including Google and Facebook call for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.
Volkswagen is to stop making the Kombi and a motoring era is coming to an end.
Police are continuing to question six people arrested on Sunday after an ex-Portsmouth player told an undercover reporter he had been involved in fixing football matches.
China takes another step loosening its grip on interest rates as it allows banks to trade deposits with each other at market-determined rates.
Japan revises down its growth data for the July-to-September period after private investment slowed more than expected.
China's exports rise more than expected in November adding to the evidence of a rebound in the world's second-largest economy.
Could everything from kids' toys to Aston Martins be pirated?
Sumi Das looks at how object design is being protected from piracy
Matthew Griffin did three tours of Afghanistan with the US Army Rangers - now he wants to return and open a factory in the country, as Will Smale reports.
What economic legacy did he leave for South Africa?
Greek lawmakers pass the 2014 budget, which predicts a return to growth after six straight years of painful recession.
UAE fashion designer Essa Walla talks about his business and life.
Turkey's new restrictions on the sale and advertising of alcohol are beginning to take effect, as Howard Johnson reports.
Jonathan Frewin reports on the calls to build a new motorsports race track in Kuwait.
Of all metals, why did people decide this one was precious?