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UK told to pay £1.7bn extra to EU
The UK has been told it must pay an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) towards the European Union's budget because the economy has performed better than expected in recent years.

Standalone TSB picks up customers
Newly independent bank TSB says it is attracting more new customers than it had expected.

Microsoft profits fall on Nokia deal
Microsoft reports a fall in profits as a result of the cost of job cuts and its purchase of Nokia's smartphone business earlier this year but rising revenue cheers investors.

Job centres to get digital makeover
Computer workstations, electronic signature pads and free wi-fi are rolling out across UK job centres.

Qantas back on track to profit
Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.

Amazon reports increased losses
Amazon shares plunge over 10% after the company reports a third-quarter loss of $437m (£273m), bigger than many analysts expected.

Tesco shares slump on profits error
Tesco shares close 6.5% down after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by £263m, £13m more than the original estimate.

China's property prices decline
China's property prices fall 1.3% in September, marking the first year-on-year fall in the sector.

Asian shares up on US earnings
Asian shares move up on Friday, taking their lead from the US where markets closed higher after strong company results boosted investor sentiment.

Brazilian firms up bid for Chiquita
Brazil's Cutrale and Safra groups up their bid for banana giant Chiquita after their initial offer was rejected earlier this month.

Lorry tax take bigger than expected
A new tax on foreign heavy goods lorries coming to the UK could rake in twice as much as the government expected, new figures suggest.

Japan court backs pregnant woman
Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.

New North Sea oil field discovered
Oil firms BP and GDF Suez announce they have discovered a new field in the UK Central North Sea.

Nokia back in profit as sales rise
Nokia's fortunes since selling its mobile handset unit to Microsoft appear to be improving with the Finland business returning to profit.