House price growth slows in July

Annual rate of increase remains in double digit territory

Lloyds takes fresh £600m PPI hit

First-half profit rise better than expected by analysts

Target turns to Pepsico for new chief executive

First CEO from outside the company

3i eyes sale of Agent Provocateur

Private equity group seeks auction of £200m lingerie retailer

Sierra Leone declares Ebola emergency

Security forces to quarantine epicentres of deadly virus

Ex-Banco Espírito Santo board faces legal threat

Portuguese central bank orders fresh capital raising after losses

Osman Shahenshah, Afren chief executive

Afren suspends executives over payments

Move by FTSE 250 group follows review by law firm

Facebook to offer free internet in Zambia

Launch of project seeking to put emerging market users online

Eurozone inflation falls to low of 0.4%

18-country bloc moves a step closer to outright deflation

Balfour Beatty ends talks with Carillion

Abrupt move opens way for takeover battle

Q&A: Last-ditch efforts to save WTO deal

Diplomats scramble to meet Indian demands before deadline

Comment and Analysis

Kurds struggle for energy autonomy

Legal battle over oil tanker symbolises fight

Nawaz Sharif under pressure in Pakistan

Handing control of Islamabad to the army raises questions

Europe’s haven eyes stormy high-yield

But some managers sceptical of immunity to debt nerves

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