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Alibaba Singles Day: Dollars or data?

Singles Day is the biggest online shopping day, and possibly Alibaba’s biggest for data collection.

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How the teddy bear became a million dollar idea

The BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst explains how the teddy bear became a million dollar idea.

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Could these balls help reduce plastic pollution?

Microplastics have swamped our ecosystem. Can tech help prevent them entering our water systems?

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MPs: Are vulnerable bank customers being treated fairly?

MPs want to know how vulnerable people are coping with bank branch and ATM closures.

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Retailers shut 2,700 shops in first half of the year

Gap between shop closures and openings hits record level as High Street turmoil continues.

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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

A copy of the physicist’s signed PhD thesis sells for £584,750, nearly four times the guide price.

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Energy firms SSE and Npower renegotiate terms of merger

“Big Six” energy suppliers SSE and Npower say price cap means they need to renegotiate their merger.

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Bombardier cuts 5,000 jobs globally

Struggling Canadian plane and train maker says 3,000 jobs will go in Canada over the next 18 months.

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Sainsbury’s boss warns food ‘can’t be stockpiled’ for no-deal Brexit

Mike Coupe says food imports “can’t be stockpiled” ahead of a no-deal Brexit.

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What the US mid-terms mean for business

The business world did well from Donald Trump’s first years as president. Will that continue?