The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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An attempt to establish an Irish day devoted to Guinness risks becoming a major PR hangover for the drinks giant Diageo, before even a drop is drunk.
Amazon introduces the ability to call up a tech adviser via a video box on its latest Kindle tablets as it seeks to distinguish itself from the competition.
Shares in Tokyo Electron soar by 13% following the news of its planned multi-billion dollar merger with US-based Applied Materials.
Why China's Alibaba may sell shares in the US
Samsung plans to launch mobile phones with curved displays in October, as innovation in the smartphone market continues apace.
Two new Chinese airlines announce orders to buy 43 aircraft from the Airbus A320 family of planes.
Designer handbags can cost a small fortune - which also means they are good collateral for anyone looking for a quick loan, as Juliana Liu reports.
New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's biggest dairy firm, posts an 18% jump in full year earnings despite a nationwide drought which led to lower milk production.
China could be about to unblock access to websites including Twitter and Facebook in a trade zone in Shanghai, a Hong Kong newspaper says.
Shareholders of US pork producer Smithfield Foods agree to buyout by China's Shuanghui International for $4.7bn (£3.1bn) in cash.
South Korea decides to restart the tender process for a multi billion-dollar fighter jet contract, a blow for Boeing which had hoped to supply the planes.
Nokia's chairman, Risto Siilasmaa, admits that he accidently gave misleading information about former chief executive Stephen Elop's pay-off.
Harvard plans to boldly go with 'Spocs'
The BBC's Ashleigh Nghiem speaks to Ivy Singh about turning her retirement plans into a successful business and setting up a farm in crowded Singapore.
Ivy Singh talks to the BBC about how her retirement choice ended up making her an entrepreneur.
How one gemstone firm boosted both output and prices
US house prices rose 12.4% over the 12 months to the end of July, the biggest annual rise since February 2006, according to a closely-watched measure.
Burger King starts selling lower-fat chips, amid national concern over levels of obesity.
Manchester United drop a challenge to a council decision to "protect" Old Trafford if it is ever put up for sale.
Multiple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt re-signs with German kit-maker Puma until after the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.