Amazon founder Jeff Bezos briefly overtook Bill Gates on Thursday to become the world's richest person, as his worth hit $91.4bn (�70bn).
Germany's diesel cheating scandal widened on Thursday as the country's transport minister ordered a recall of Porsche's three-litre Cayenne model, saying it contained illegal software to get round emissions tests.
It damaged cars with scorching reflected sunlight, has been accused of creating a wind tunnel that can topple pedestrians and has split the capital into lovers and haters.
Lloyds Banking Group has announced its biggest half year profit in eight years, but the news was overshadowed by a hit of almost �1bn to cover insurance mis-selling and failures over mortgage policies.
AstraZeneca has suffered its worst one day share price crash since its formation in 1993, after bad results from a landmark lung cancer drug trial wiped more than �10bn from its market value.