Judge gives go-ahead to Uber lawsuit

Case to determine if 160,000 California drivers are employees

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Starwood brings Tribute chain to Europe

Hotel group aims to step up expansion by wooing independents

Tokyo’s Hotel Okura says polite goodbye

Modernist icon falls victim to earthquake rules and competition

Macau economy contracts by 26%

Corruption clampdown hits Chinese gambling enclave

Luxury groups wait on Chinese stock take

Slide in share prices makes consumers less keen to splash out

Smith & Wesson: rising demand

FBI checks on buyers were up 10% in three months to end July

SFX Entertainment: going for a song

Concert promoter turns up the sound but cannot find a buyer

Battle for Bwin reflects rising stakes

GVC and 888 must hold nerve in increasingly tense sector

Ironman: Wanda why?

Chinese billionaire is obviously in it for the long run

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Playtech banks on omni-channel gambling

Israeli groups hopes for easy win with cross-platform products

Dalian Wanda buys Ironman triathlon group

China’s richest man bets $650m on country’s emerging middle class

Odeon sale hopes revive as profits pop up

Chances of finding buyer higher as blockbusters lift cinema chain

Betty Power makes Wm Hill the wallflower

Proposed deal caps year of frenetic deal-doing by gambling groups

Paddy Power Betfair backs ‘a winner’

Man with experience at both groups is tipped to continue his strong performance at merged entity

Paddy Power to merge with rival Betfair

All-stock deal would create largest online gambling company

Angry Birds maker sheds another 260 jobs

Success came early but Rovio has been unable to lift its game

GVC closes in on Bwin takeover

Gaming group says it has overcome hurdles in bid for rival

Showjumping gets down to hard business

Heavyweight investor looks to develop sport’s commercial side

Rank profits rise on Mecca winning streak

Digital push helps bingo halls reverse decline and leisure group increases dividend

Cuban thaw challenges Caribbean tourism

Surge of US visitors to Havana could undermine nearby islands

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