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  1. EasyJet eyes Air Berlin assets

    easyJet tailfin

    EasyJet has bid for parts of Air Berlin's shorthaul business, joining Lufthansa and others in pursuit of the bankrupt airline's assets.

    The airline has "submitted a proposal to the overseers of Air Berlin's insolvency to acquire parts of its short-haul business", easyJet said.

    "The proposal is consistent with easyJet's focused, city-based strategy in Germany. However, given a number of uncertainties associated with Air Berlin, there is no certainty at this stage that any transaction will proceed."

    Shares in the airline have risen by a fifth this year and are trading at £12.13.

  2. How African firms protect their brand

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    Video caption: Putting a price on a 'good reputation'

    Bell Pottinger was one of the world's largest PR firms, but after running a racially charged campaign in South Africa, it was kicked out of the industry body in the UK and its investors fled.

    It was a stunning example of how quickly a brand that has taken years to build up, can be destroyed in a matter of days.

    The BBC's Lerato Mbele has been looking at how African companies protect their brands.

  3. Harvey hits factory output

    Oil refinery

    Output at US factories plunged in August due to the big hit from Hurricane Harvey that shut down huge parts of the nation's oil refining, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

    The massive storm that hit the Gulf Coast of Texas late that month is estimated to have cut US industrial production by three-quarters of a percentage point, the report said.

    Total industrial output fell by 0.9% compared to July.

  4. More bitcoin platforms bite the dust

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    OkCoin and Huobi, two of China's largest bitcoin trading platforms, will shut their yuan-based trading operations by the end of October.

    Their announcements follow that of rivals BTCChina and ViaBTC, which had earlier said that they would shut their mainland China trading operations.

    Beijing is a mounting a crackdown on the cryptocurrency business to contain risks as consumers pile into a highly risky and speculative market that has grown rapidly this year.

    Earlier this month it banned initial coin offerings that also raised concerns over the trading of cryptocurrencies.

  5. Not all publicity is good...

    Tube bomb

    Lidl has offered to assist a police investigation into today's terrorist incident on the London Underground after one of its bags was apparently used to hold the improvised bomb.

    The German supermarket chain said it was "shocked and concerned" after social media photos of the District Line carriage showed a still-burning bucket inside a Lidl-branded reusable bag.

    "Our thoughts are with those affected," Lidl UK said. "We will, of course, support the authorities should they need our assistance in their investigations. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops."

  6. US retail sales slip

    Abandoned car sits in high water in Texas

    US retail sales unexpectedly fell in August, down 0.2%, with car sales tumbling 1.6%.

    The Commerce Department said it could not isolate the impact of hurricane Harvey on retail sales: some companies found the hurricane had "both positive and negative effects on their sales data, while others indicated they were not impacted at all".

    Overall retail sales increased by 3.2% in August compared with the same month last year.

  7. Uber used software to evade US city's officials

    Uber ride hailing app

    The city of Portland, Oregon has found that Uber used software to intentionally evade 16 government officials who were tasked with regulating the ride-hailing app service.

    Uber is currently being investigated by the US Department of Justice for its use of Greyball. The taxi app firm used the software in places where its service had not been approved, including France, Australia, Italy, China and South Korea.

    Greyball enabled Uber to ignore or cancel ride requests from locations near enforcement agencies, and from accounts linked to credit cards believed to belong to government workers.

    Uber acknowledged the existence of Greyball in March and said it would stop using the technology to target regulators.

    Portland imposed no fines or other penalties, and said Uber had since made changes to its company policy explicitly prohibiting employees or drivers from evading regulators.

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    Video caption: Sir Vince Cable: 'Scotland's Brexit concerns must be respected'

    Sir Vince Cable says Scotland's concerns over Brexit must be respected.

  9. Watch: Drink your troubles away with Lehman Brothers

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    Video caption: Lehman Brothers: Failed bank or malt whisky?
  10. China's crackdown on bitcoin 'won't work'

    A Bitcoin ATM in Boston

    As we reported, one of China's largest bitcoin exchange has said it will stop trading following a government crackdown. However, an expert says people who want to invest in cryptocurrencies will still find a way.

    "Anyone in China with a valid public key - a large numerical value that is used to encrypt data and is generated by a software program or provided by a designated authority - can still receive and sell Bitcoin," said David Coker, a lecturer in accounting, finance and governance at Westminster Business School.

    "Keys are freely available for the asking. The Great Firewall of China won’t be able to block Bitcoin traffic originating on Blockchain's decentralised network."

    He added that Chinese citizens can also easily purchase Bitcoin from one of several thousand public ATM cash machines in the US and across Europe.

  11. KPMG to donate Gupta fees to charity

    South African President Jacob Zuma
    Image caption: South African President Jacob Zuma is understood to have close links to the Gupta family

    KPMG South Africa has also announced that it will donate the R40m (£2.2m) fees it made from acting for entities linked to the Gupta family since 2002 to to education and anti-corruption not for profit organisations.

    The wealthy Gupta family has close links to South Africa's president Jacob Zuma. The Indian born Guptas have been been accused of wielding enormous political influence in South Africa.

  12. KPMG casts wide net for S Africa exits

    The other partners leaving KPMG in South Africa following its work for the controversial Gupta family are:

    - Mike Oddy, head of audit and a board member

    - Muhammad Saloojee, head of tax and a board member

    - Herman de Beer, former head of forensic and a board member

    - John Geel, head of deal advisory

    - Mickey Bove, risk management partner for deal advisory

    Who are the Guptas?

  13. KPMG South Africa chiefs resign over Gupta links

    The chief executive of KPMG in South Africa has resigned following an internal investigation of work the accountancy firm did for the Gupta family.

    Trevor Hoole has left, as have chairman Ahmed Jaffer, chief operating officer Steven Louw and five senior partners.

    The investigation did not identify any evidence of illegal behaviour or corruption but it found that work done for Gupta family companies "fell considerably short of KPMG's standards".

    The new chief executive of KPMG South African arm, Nhlamu Dlomu, said: "This has been a painful period and the firm has fallen short of the standards we set for ourselves, and that the public rightly expects from us.

    She said: "I want to apologise to the public, our people and clients for the failings that have been identified by the investigation."

    Who are the Guptas? Read all about the family here.

  14. Top China Bitcoin exchange to stop trading

    Bitcoin

    One of China's biggest Bitcoin exchanges has said it will stop trading, after a government warning over virtual currencies.

    BTCC said it would stop buying and selling on 30 September in response to tightening regulation.

    It comes after authorities banned initial coin offerings on 5 September.

    Read the full story here.

  15. Bank unanimity points to rate rise

    More on those comments by Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) member Gertjan Vlieghe.

    He is an "ultra hawk" according to The Times's economics editor Philip Aldrick.

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    Meanwhile, Howard Archer, chief economic adviser at the EY Item Club says Mr Vlieghe's comments are "particularly significant given that he has been seen as perhaps the most dovish MPC member".

    He adds: "Indeed, in July, Vlieghe warned that a premature interest rate hike would be a bigger mistake for the UK economy than one that turned out to be slightly late."

    He says that although the Bank has previously talked up the likelihood of an interest rate hike then failed to follow through "there does seem to be a more concerted effort this time around and more unanimity within the MPC of the case for a hike".

  16. Criminals using JustGiving for money laundering

    Just Giving

    The crowdfunding website JustGiving says criminals are attempting to use its site to launder money.

    The website told the BBC it had shut down nearly 100 of its appeal pages in the past 18 months because it believed they were fraudulent.

    It said the public's willingness to donate money following recent tragic events had been exploited by criminals.

    Crowdfunding pages can be set up for free on the site for personal causes, from a memorial fund to a holiday.

  17. From an 'arch-dove' to a hawk

    A hawk

    Gertjan Vlieghe has "morphed from arch-dove to a hawk", according to Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital.

    For those of you confused by such comparisons, "doves" are those who are seen as less likely to favour rate rises, whereas "hawks" are more likely to back them.

    "The market has taken his comments to mean a quarter point hike is on its way, probably by the end of the year, building on the hawkish tone from the BoE yesterday," Mr Wilson said.

    "Quite a metamorphosis and one that highlights how the internal MPC pressures are building rapidly towards a hike in interest rates.

    "Indeed with sterling now back to more sensible levels it will no doubt raise debate again about whether the Bank should have cut rates given that the collapse in sterling is what's driving inflation."