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

Payday loan hardship cases 'up 42%'
The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to the debt charity StepChange.

Premier League clubs' spending spree
Premier League clubs have been on a player buying spree, with spending at £835m, as the end of the transfer window passes.

Boris Island airport plan 'rejected'
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands.

Japan wage growth surges in July
Japanese wages unexpectedly log their strongest increase since 1997, which may provide a boost to consumer confidence and spending.

Obama renews minimum wage push
President Barack Obama says he will continue to press Congress to raise the federal minimum wage in line with recent economic improvements.

Brown issues warning over UK debt
Gordon Brown says an independent Scotland would become "an international outcast" if it refused to accept a share of UK debt.

British activist in Thailand trial
A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is set to go on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

UK manufacturing growth 'slows'
Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.

Consumer borrowing jumps in July
The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.

Woodford sells HSBC over fine fears
One of the UK's most high-profile fund managers, Neil Woodford, says he decided to sell his holding in HSBC because he is worried about "fine inflation".

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