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Barclays reports 25% rise in profits
Barclays bank reports a 25% rise in half-year profits to £3.1bn but has set aside another £850m for customer compensation - including further PPI claims.

Car repair bills 'like a lottery'
Regional differences between car repair bills amount to a lottery, and can be "offensive", a UK car magazine has claimed.

Windows 10 launch is 'new era'
Wednesday's global launch of Windows 10 marks a “new era” for personal computing, Microsoft’s chief executive tells the BBC.

GlaxoSmithKline sees big profits fall
Pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) sees a big fall in second-quarter earnings amid continued pressure from generic drugmakers.

Personal insolvency at 10-year low
The number of people being declared insolvent falls to its lowest level for nearly a decade, figures from the Insolvency Service show.

VW warns of 'challenges' ahead
German carmaker Volkswagen reports a rise in quarterly results but warns of a number of 'challenges' ahead.

Nintendo surprises with net profit
Japanese video game giant Nintendo beats expectations to swing to a net profit in its first quarter of this year.

SSE buys gas field stake for £565m
Energy firm SSE announces it is buying a minority stake in French oil and gas giant Total's West of Shetland operations for £565m.

FTSE boosted by company reports
Shares remain higher at midday after another bumper series of company reports helps the FTSE 100 on Wednesday.

Uber sued over workers' rights
Uber is facing legal action in the UK on behalf of UK drivers who claim the taxi-booking firm does not provide them with basic workers' rights.

Amazon suggests airspace for drones
US online retailer Amazon calls for a separate airspace zone for commercial drone flights that could deliver goods to customers.

Sky reports 18% jump in profits
Pay TV business Sky reports an 18% jump in annual profits to £1.4bn, helped by its screening of the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

LinkedIn pledges to reduce emails
LinkedIn members opening their email inbox with a groan at yet another message from the professional networking site can rest easy.

Army job cuts made three years early
The number of British army personnel has been cut back by 20,000, three years ahead of target, according to statistics from the Ministry of Defence.