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The latest stories from the Business section of the BBC News web site.

Black Friday spending moves online
Black Friday sees an online spending surge on both sides of the Atlantic, although there were still long queues of US consumers hunting for bargains on the High Street.

HSBC whistleblower jailed in absentia
A Swiss court convicts a former HSBC worker for economic espionage and sentences him to five years in jail in absentia.

Children's toy maker Vtech hacked
Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, confirmed that it has been hacked.

China's stock market falls 5%
China's Shanghai Composite share index closes down by more than 5% after several major brokerage firms announce they are under investigation.

UK house price growth 'slows'
The annual rate of increase in UK house prices slowed slightly in November, according to the latest survey from the Nationwide.

Dutch to appeal Starbucks tax ruling
The Dutch finance ministry says it will fight a ruling ordering it to recover as much as €30m (£21.2m) in tax from Starbucks.

Growth of 0.5% confirmed for UK
The UK economy grew by 0.5% in the third quarter of the year, official figures have confirmed, dragged down by a widening trade gap.

German shoppers' confidence 'dips'
Confidence among shoppers in Germany has dipped according to a survey, amid worries over Europe's largest economy.

Minister to make fracking decision
The decision to allow shale gas drilling - or fracking - in Lancashire will be made directly by the government, it has emerged.

HSBC ends private banking in India
HSBC closes its private banking arm in India, where the increasing number of wealthy individuals has led to intense competition for their business.



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