The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.
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Russia is ordered to pay about $2.5bn to former shareholders in defunct oil group Yukos by the European Court of Human Rights.
Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
British Gas and owner Centrica report a sharp drop in profits for the first half of the year due to warmer weather.
The UK government unveils new principles aimed at tackling "ridiculous" delivery charges faced by shoppers living in remote areas.
A former judo sparring partner of Vladimir Putin is among three of the Russian president's close aides on a new EU sanctions list.
John Kerry on a mission to increase US-India trade
The eurozone inflation rate has fallen to its lowest level since the financial crisis, sliding further into what the European Central Bank describes as a "danger zone".
Two former Anglo Irish Bank bosses convicted of making loans to illegally prop up the bank's share price are sentenced to serve 240 hours of community service.
Leisure airline Monarch terminates its contract with Swissport, one of the baggage-handling companies at Gatwick airport, after weekend chaos.
The FTSE 100 is in negative territory by Thursday lunchtime, despite a strong crop of results from blue-chip companies.
Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.
Profit at Lloyds Banking Group falls after it is hit by PPI mis-selling charges and a Libor rate-rigging settlement.
Centrica's Chief Executive Sam Laidlaw has told the BBC gas use is down as result of warmer weather, but has batted off criticism that bills could be reduced further because of lower wholesale prices.
Drinks giant Diageo reports a fall in net sales after being hit by a slowdown in China and other emerging markets.
The growth in house prices is starting to moderate, according to the UK's biggest building society, the Nationwide.
Call it something else, says Argentina's president
Sony reports better-than-expected profits for the first quarter, helped by robust sales of its PS4 gaming console and a weak Japanese currency.
Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell describes its performance as "robust" after its second-quarter profits more than doubled.
Portugal's troubled lender, Banco Espirito Santo, reports a bigger-than-expected loss of 3.6bn euros for the first six months of the year.
One of the world's best known piano manufacturers, Steinway, is seeing a rise in demand from Asian countries such as China.