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Is now the time to raise interest rates?
Friday October 20, 2017

With the economy on an uncertain footing, but inflation crushing wage growth, should rates rise now?


Police conduct inquiries into Royal Bank of Scotland unit
Friday October 20, 2017

Officers are looking into a division of the bank set up to help failing firms, the BBC understands.


'Huge business rate rise' for small firms
Friday October 20, 2017

Inflation-busting increases are looming for thousands of shops in England, says research firm CVS.


Tenants 'unfairly miss out on credit'
Friday October 20, 2017

Mortgage applicants are unable to rely on rent payment history as proof that they can afford a home loan.


BMW headquarters searched by EU investigators
Friday October 20, 2017

EU investigators are looking into allegations of a cartel involving BMW and four other German car giants.


Government borrowing at lowest September level for 10 years
Friday October 20, 2017

The figures were the third straight month in which UK public finances were better than analysts forecast.


Rail firms 'consider' railcard for 26 to 30-year-olds
Friday October 20, 2017

It's thought one train company will begin trials of the new railcard in December


Nissan halts production in Japan over inspection concerns
Friday October 20, 2017

The firm recalled 1.2 million cars in Japan because uncertified technicians performed final checks.


Kobe Steel uncovers more evidence of quality mistakes
Friday October 20, 2017

The Japanese steel giant says some employees did not report evidence to an internal investigation.


New Great Western Railway trains fixed after software upgrade
Friday October 20, 2017

Four trains were removed from service on Wednesday due to glitches such as leaking air-con units.


General Electric cuts profit outlook ahead of turnaround plan
Friday October 20, 2017

The industrial giant also posts a quarterly loss ahead of the unveiling of a restructuring plan.


Childcare costs rise up to seven times faster than wages
Friday October 20, 2017

With childcare costs rising seven times faster than wages, mums say going to work is "absolutely pointless".


Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end
Friday October 20, 2017

The UK government said the firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets.


InterContinental Hotels sales boosted by Europe tourism
Friday October 20, 2017

InterContinental Hotels Group's revenue rises as tourists return to key markets after terror attacks.


Bank of England under fire for lack of diversity
Friday October 20, 2017

The Treasury Committee seeks evidence on the Bank's efforts to improve its gender and ethnic mix.