Black Friday sales descend into chaos

Retailers’ websites close to collapse in rush for pre-Christmas offers

James Watson to sell Nobel Prize medal

Biologist says income has fallen since comments on race and IQ

Brussels warns France over budget

France close to becoming first eurozone country to be fined

Opec decision hits energy shares

Crude price plunge sparks warnings of capital spending cutbacks

Militants crave snacks of west they hate

Rebels demand chocolate and crisps despite forcing cafés to close

Telecoms groups shake up TV scene

Battle to own content heats up as broadband providers branch out

UK house prices hit record but growth slows

Average values increase at a slower rate

Songbird bidders to consider withdrawal

Move follows independent valuation of the Canary Wharf majority owner

Thomas Cook delays paying some suppliers

Change of terms underlines concerns over tough trading

Microbreweries shake up European market

Number of start-ups rises as drinking habits change

ThyssenKrupp cable free lift

ThyssenKrupp unveils cable-free elevators

‘Holy grail’ design would allow multiple lifts to use the same shaft

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