IMF’s Lagarde under formal investigation

Suspicion of negligence connected with prior political scandal

Zara sparks outcry with star top blunder

Shirt withdrawn after garment compared to Nazi Holocaust clothing

Alibaba sales jump ahead of IPO

Chinese ecommerce group’s net income nearly triples to $2bn

Shell to sell Nigeria oilfields for $5bn

Retreat from region’s oldest industry follows theft and sabotage

Tainted grub: China battles food scandals

Latest involves poisoned dog meat and chicken feet

Ryanair launches ‘business class’ service

Low-cost carrier targets corporate travel market

RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice

Only 2 of 164 sales reviewed met standard required

Tighter mortgage rules trigger discounts

Two-thirds of owners lowered asking price to sell homes in July

Japan’s TSE acts on apparent media leaks

Exchange seeks to tighten corporate disclosure standards

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Foxtons shares hit despite dividend

Stricter lending rules hurt demand, estate agent chief says

Ukraine promises ceasefire plan for east

Poroshenko’s pledge follows talks with Putin in Minsk

Balfour Beatty portfolio exceeds £1bn

Public-private revaluation released after deal failure

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Watch stress tests for rate rise timing

Regulatory concern for bank health is a constraining factor

Wells Fargo chief turns to Silicon Valley

Stumpf bets on simple approach through technology

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