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Ryanair in union offer to avoid Christmas strikes The airline says it will recognise pilot unions as it seeks to avoid industrial action at Christmas.


Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal BT will supply its sports channels to Sky, while selling Sky's Now TV service to its customers.


Unilever sells margarine business to KKR for £6bn The Anglo-Dutch firm is selling brands including Flora and ProActiv to the private equity giant.


Britvic confirms Norwich factory closure The manufacturer of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot is to move manufacturing to three other sites.


HS2 redundancy pay 'shocking waste' of taxpayer cash Overpayments totalling £1.76m were made to 94 people, a committee of MPs says.


Vodafone offers thousands early contract exit The mobile network was not clear enough about new fees, telecoms regulator Ofcom says.


Airbus chief Tom Enders to leave after power struggle Chief executive Tom Enders will stand down in 2019 and its chief operating officer will leave in February.


Minimum price 'would increase cost of 70% of alcohol' There will be sharp increase in the cost of alcohol if a minimum price is introduced, say researchers.


Families 'struggle' without washing machines A charity says some households face an "intolerable struggle" but help is available to replace white goods.


Walt Disney buys Murdoch's Fox for $52bn The deal ends Rupert Murdoch's more than half century of media empire building.


Virgin Trains staff hold 24-hour strike The walkout by Virgin Trains West Coast workers is the first of a number of UK rail staff strikes.


Four Seasons Health Care gains breathing space Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 elderly residents, has secured its future for now.


Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea Nearly 20 entities have been targeted as Japan widens its blacklist of companies trading with Pyongyang.


Bank sees boost from Brexit progress The Bank of England says progress in Brexit talks is likely to boost household and business confidence.


Teva Pharmaceuticals: Israeli drugmaker to cut 14,000 jobs The Israeli drugmaker is struggling with $35bn debt from an acquisition and rising competition.


How public relations became a million dollar idea The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how public relations became a million dollar idea.


Disney-Fox: Five things it could mean The BBC's Andrew Neil has five things the $52.4bn (£39bn) tie-up could mean.


Digitally preserving Africa's artefacts The National Museum of Kenya has started a new programme to digitally preserve African artefacts.


My close escape from £10,000 bank scam Barry Fox, 72, says he had "a close shave" with scammers when trying to buy a Rolls Royce on eBay.


Turning the cactus into a cash crop Food technologist and entrepreneur Dr Evelyn Okoth is turning cactus into a cash crop.


The small jeans firm with a big ambition With a workforce of just 15 people, the Hiut Denim Company now sells its jeans around the world from its small factory in rural Wales.


How inflation is hitting Britain's bakers Bakery owner John Foster explains how the rising price of imports is affecting his business.


Helping poorer Kenyans pay for healthcare Paying for healthcare in Kenya has got easier thanks to M-Tiba, a mobile "electronic health wallet".


The pig farmer taking on Tesco Richard Baugh addresses concerns about supermarkets using "fake farm" brands


How Toni Mascolo gave hairdressing a makeover Toni Mascolo, with his brother Guy revolutionised hairdressing in London at the end of the last century.


Locked out The internet of things poses new threats to our security, so how should we be fighting back?


Travelling homes In the UK sales of caravan are on the rise. 22,000 were sold in the year to June, a 7% rise on the previous 12 months.


Speak up Despite the popular belief that women talk more than men, studies consistently suggest it is men who hog most of the airtime.


Fashion contender Despite being based in a small Welsh town, the Hiut Demin Company is exporting its jeans globally.


Testing values The next international Pisa tests are going to compare how well young people understand other cultures.


Care for all These are the choices faced by many families living in Kenya's slums. Could technology help?


Granny dam-builder The female social entrepreneur buildings dams for farms and villages across Rajasthan, India.


3am epiphany Kristina Karlsson set up her stationary business following a eureka moment, and it has since gone global.


A political Fed As Jerome Powell prepares to take over the Federal Reserve, is the era of central bank independence ending?


Paint and sip Learning to paint while enjoying a drink has become a popular pastime - but can you improve under the influence?


Financial secrets A "revolution" in our financial lives will begin next month, but what is it and how will it work?


Chat and pay People are paying friends, family and firms through their social media apps.


Crypto currency The Bitcoin bull run has been welcomed by many but regulators are still trying to understand it.


Declining thread It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you'll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn't been this cheap in seven years.


Parlez-vous? Babbel, one of the world's most popular language learning websites, was set up by friends after one of them wanted to learn Spanish.


Look at me Live streaming in Asia has boomed thanks to a massive youth market who spend big through mobile apps.


Fed heads At every key moment in US economic history, the chair of the Federal Reserve has set the pace.


Unwrapping the past An intact mummy, excavated a century ago, is the first to be scanned by an advanced X-ray system.


Dangerous milk The tech tackling fake baby formula, dodgy drugs, conflict diamonds and fishy fish.


Saving mums Putting Pakistan's missing female doctors and midwives to work to save lives.


Healthy dragon Tej Lalvani heads up his family vitamins firm but says luck "wasn't handed to him on a plate"


Plastic fantastic The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.


When I'm 64 Within 15 years, retirees who are renting may have to pay up to 42% of their income, according to a new study


Take two The inspiring stories of people who quit their day job for something completely different.


Cheesy idea Food businesses serving up cheesy dishes are thriving, but is the trend bad for our health?


Coping methods What do US central bankers do during a financial crisis?


Powering up They won't give you superhuman strength, but exoskeletons are making physical tasks easier.


Snow business Skiing faces a number of challenges, including ageing participants, climate change, and even Brexit.


Aging indicators Japan's years of stagnant wage growth and a rapidly ageing population offer lessons to other developed economies.


Bitcoin bubble? The digital currency Bitcoin is going through the roof - but what is it, and why has it shot up in price?


Bug eat bug How a Brazilian company put itself at the forefront of biological pest control - using insects to control other bugs.


Super vision Imagine pointing your phone's camera at any object and being given useful information about it.


Global leader The interest rate set by America's central bank, the US Federal Reserve, is one of the key levers of the global economy.


Educating girls The volunteers pushing to get up to three million Indian girls into school instead of becoming child brides.


Need for speed The founder of the sports nutrition company MaxiMuscle wants to buy back the firm he founded.


Radical revolution This simple yet transformative piece of technology made civilisation possible.


Counting down How Advent has gone from chocolate treats for children to an extravagant present-filled bonanza.


Nothing wasted A growing number of businesses are finding creative uses for surplus food - but will the trend ever go mainstream?


Help is on its way! Not every country has a single number to call in an emergency. One start-up is trying to change that.