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Is now the time to raise interest rates?
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
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
Inflation-busting increases are looming for thousands of shops in England, says research firm CVS.

Tenants 'unfairly miss out on credit'
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
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
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
It's thought one train company will begin trials of the new railcard in December

Nissan halts production in Japan over inspection concerns
The firm recalled 1.2 million cars in Japan because uncertified technicians performed final checks.

Kobe Steel uncovers more evidence of quality mistakes
The Japanese steel giant says some employees did not report evidence to an internal investigation.

New Great Western Railway trains fixed after software upgrade
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
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
With childcare costs rising seven times faster than wages, mums say going to work is "absolutely pointless".

Mobile companies overcharging customers after contracts end
The UK government said the firms needed to inform customers when they had paid for their handsets.

InterContinental Hotels sales boosted by Europe tourism
InterContinental Hotels Group's revenue rises as tourists return to key markets after terror attacks.