The government begins its sell-off of shares in part-nationalised lender Royal Bank of Scotland, raising £2.1bn, a third below the price it paid.
The pace of increase in UK house prices accelerated in July, rising by 3.5% compared with a year earlier, according to the Nationwide.
Asian markets trade mostly higher despite a lacklustre lead from Wall Street, where US stocks closed lower.
Japanese carmaker Toyota reports a 10% increase in profit, helped by the weak yen and cost cuts.
Puerto Rico confirms that it failed to make a debt payment at the weekend, in the latest sign of the economic crisis in the US territory.
South Korea’s Lotte Group is in the throes of a bitter feud as the founder prepares to hand over power.
The big plantations used to produce palm oil have devastated wildlife in places like Borneo. Can it be produced sustainably?
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