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'NEGLIGENCE' BEHIND TOTAL BOSS DEATH
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet.

YAHOO PROFITS SURGE ON ALIBABA SALE
Technology giant Yahoo reports profits of $6.8bn for the third-quarter, buoyed mostly by earnings from the firm's stake in Chinese firm Alibaba.

ITALIAN POLICE FIND 1.7BN-EURO FRAUD
Italian police break a crime ring that defrauded the state of €1.7bn euros.

MCDONALD'S AND COKE SEE PROFITS FALL
McDonald's and Coca Cola post profits down sharply in the three months to the end of September, with both seeing sales under pressure in the US.

ONLINE BANKING GLITCH AT NATIONWIDE
The UK's largest building society - the Nationwide - had a temporary technical problem with its online and mobile banking service on Tuesday afternoon.

CUT IN WINTER HEATING GUIDANCE
Families could reduce energy bills by following new guidance from Public Health England on recommended heating levels.

TESCO'S SALES FALL FASTER THAN RIVALS
Tesco's sales are falling faster than any of its competitors as it loses market share to discounters Aldi and Lidl as well as upmarket rival Waitrose.

CHINA GROWTH SLOWS TO FIVE-YEAR LOW
China's economy grows at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures.

PUBLIC BORROWING RISES IN SEPTEMBER
Government borrowing rises in September to £11.8bn, which will limit the government's options in the run-up to next year's election economists say.

MICROSOFT BOSS GETS $84M PAY PACKAGE
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has been given a pay package worth $84.3m, making him one of the top earners in the tech industry.