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Inflation surprise as computer game prices drop
The cost of living dropped to 1.7% in August as games and clothing
Why the Fed's interest rate move matters
The Federal Reserve, the US central bank, is expected to cut its main interest rates on Wednesday.
Oil price falls as Saudi Arabia calms supply fears
The country's energy minister says output will return to normal later this month after drone attacks.
Helium shortage: 'Prices just keep going up and up'
Why is there a shortage of the precious gas and how is it affecting firms?
Saudi oil attacks: Iran condemns US 'deceit' after accusation
The US had said that Tehran was behind drone attacks on two Saudi oil sites, not Yemeni rebels.
Rise in teenage money mules prompts warnings
Cases of 14 to 18-years-olds who have allowed their bank accounts to be used grows by 73% in two years.
Climate change: Germany's conservatives mull doubling air travel tax
Only domestic flights will be affected, say the Christian Democrats, who govern in a coalition.
Eurozone gets fresh help to bolster flagging growth
The European Central Bank cuts a key interest rate and re-starts quantitative easing.
Four-day work week unrealistic, says Labour-commissioned report
A Labour-commissioned report says people should work fewer hours, but capping their hours will not work.
Trump delays tariff hikes on Chinese goods ahead of talks
The US president described the move as a "good will" gesture and comes ahead of fresh talks with China.
California passes landmark gig economy rights bill
The law would mean the likes of Uber and Lyft would have to offer holiday and sick pay.
'Women hit hardest by High Street job losses'
Jobs in shops have disappeared, while new roles in warehouses have mostly gone to men, a study has found.
China scraps some US tariffs ahead of trade talks
Cancer drugs and animal feed are among the 16 US imports that will no longer be hit by higher taxes.
London Stock Exchange gets Â£32bn Hong Kong bid
The surprise move from the owner of Hong Kong's main share market threatens the LSE's own bid plans.
The farmers who worry about our phone batteries
Lithium is being mined in Chile to make batteries, but at what cost to the local environment?
The town battling the High Street blues
Stockton-on-Tees has made great efforts to regenerate its town centre, but with mixed results.
What is the UK's GDP?
A basic guide to how the economy is measured and what that calculation is used for.
Why smartphones are no longer driving the search for 'blue gold'
Despite mine closures, human rights abuses and price crashes, cobalt may still have an electrifying future.
Exchange rates: Why is the pound getting weaker?
A simple guide to how currency is valued and what it means for your finances
Yuan fall: Why is China's currency getting weaker?
A drop in the value of the yuan poses far-reaching consequences for markets and the US-China trade war.
US-China trade war: 'We're all paying for this'
The US-China trade war is costing jobs and pushing up prices, say firms on both sides of the Pacific.
How Japan's trade row with South Korea could hit tech supplies
A trade row between Japan and South Korea could pose a threat to supplies of smartphones and devices.
World Trade: Is Trump undermining a key dispute court?
The US government has been blocking the appointment of judge to a key international trade court, we ask why?
Shampoo tycoon: 'leave the details to the experts'.
Shampoo tycoon: 'Don't try to solve all the technical problems. Leave the details to the experts.'
The robot that cleans floors and tells jokes
More than 100 fully autonomous cleaning robots are coming to Singapore this year, made by local manufacturer Lionsbot. Ella's job is cleaning the floors at the National Gallery.
Why thousands are flocking to corgi cafes
Corgi cafes are all the rage, with these dog-themed businesses popping up across Asia.
How virtual reality is helping people with dementia
Virtual reality is being used to help people with dementia revisit their past.
How bottled water became a million dollar idea.
The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how bottled water became a million dollar idea.
Electric cars are coming: new models unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show
The Frankfurt Motor Show offers a first look at the some significant new electric cars: An 8-seat Mercedes, the affordable ID.3 from Volkswagen, and a car that drove all the way to show from China.