The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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The website of the European Central Bank has been hacked, with personal information stolen, but the bank says no market sensitive data was compromised.
The volume of goods sold in the UK's shops, stores and supermarkets continues to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
LG Electronics sees a big jump in second quarter profit, due to turnaround in its mobile phone division.
South Korea unveils a $40bn stimulus package to help boost the economy after the latest figures show a slowdown in growth.
A betting levy to help fund community facilities and treat gambling addiction is among proposals considered by Labour in a "long-term innovative plan for sport".
China's manufacturing activity grows at its fastest pace in 18 months in July, an initial survey by HSBC shows, the latest sign that its economy may be stabilising.
General Motors is recalling an additional 717,949 vehicles due to a range of issues, including loose bolts and potentially incomplete welding on some seat hooks.
With a growing number of people going out for meals on their own, restaurants are increasingly seeking to appeal more to solo diners, reports Barbara Balfour.
Social networking firm, Facebook has reported that profits more than doubled in its second quarter on a jump in advertising revenue.
Digesting China's latest food scandal
The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.
Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.
The IMF is lowering its forecast for US economic growth to a "disappointing" 1.7%, the second downgrade this year.
Shares in snacks and drinks giant Pepsico trade close to record levels after the company reports positive results.
Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman fails to land his promised "death blow" on diet shake company, Herbalife.
GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China.
US aerospace giant Boeing earnings rise 52%, boosted by a "strong" quarter for commercial aircraft sales.
Bank of England minutes show officials are still wary over raising interest rates while the Institute of Directors believes the Bank is being too cautious.
Online payments firm PayPal is to advance cash to UK small businesses from the early autumn as an alternative to traditional loans, the company has announced.
China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.