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PRIMARK TO OPEN ITS FIRST US STORES
Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.

RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS APPROVED
Eight renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, are given the green light by the government.

FIRMS WARNED ON 'RIDICULOUS' PAY
Britain's top companies have been warned to exercise caution on executive pay by Vince Cable as they prepare to set next year's awards.

FLYBE IN LONDON CITY AIRPORT DEAL
Flybe is to offer flights to and from London after signing a five-year deal with London City Airport.

RBS FINED OVER ILLEGAL HK TRADES
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is fined HK$6m (£460,000) by Hong Kong regulators for failing to detect a series of unauthorised transactions by one of its traders.

AUSTRALIA TO BUY 58 NEW F-35 JETS
Australia approves the purchase of 58 new F-35 fighter jets worth 12.4bn Australian dollars ($11.5bn; £6.8bn).

'IRRESPONSIBLE' HOLIDAY AD BANNED
A television advert for Center Parcs is banned for "irresponsibly" encouraging parents to take holidays during term time.

GM SEEKS TO BAR SOME IGNITION CASES
General Motors asks a US court to bar some lawsuits relating to its recall over faulty ignition switches.

KFC OWNER'S PROFITS GET CHINA BOOST
Yum Brands, the owner of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, reports an 18% jump in first quarter profit, helped by a rebound in sales in China.

BROWN: UK 'PROTECTS' SCOTS' PENSIONS
Gordon Brown says Scottish pensioners are "better protected" in UK, comments the SNP describes as "ludicrous".