The strangest acquisition in the retailing sector in the past couple of years was the �340m purchase of Homebase by Wesfarmers of Australia.
The UK's competition watchdog has waved through Heineken's purchase of 1,900 pubs from the Punch Taverns estate, opting not to put the deal through a further stage of investigation after having been reassured over the impact on 33 local areas.
Drilling has started on the first UK shale well for six years even as debate intensifies among geologists over how much gas is available for fracking.
People are reflected on an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage at a business district in Tokyo, Japan August 9, 2017.
At least half of the new homes built on London public land will have to be affordable to benefit from faster planning permission, according to the capital's mayor, Sadiq Khan.