Christmas adverts – do they really work?

Image copyright John Lewis Image caption The John Lewis ad features an excitable dragon called Edgar "I think Christmas ads are pretty good. They're not too commercial and they cheer you up," says 19-year-old Johan Stone.It seems to be a common view on a busy London shopping street, where I struggle to find anyone who…

Hong Kong: 'I was tear gassed getting my lunch'

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The protests have raged for months - but now expat workers are looking to leave the financial hub "I've been tear gassed a few times, but never when I was outside my office - popping out to get my lunch," says one trader at HSBC.He is describing the moment this…

Lloyds shareholders lose legal fight over HBOS

Image copyright Getty Images A group of Lloyds shareholders have lost a multi-million-pound action against the bank over its purchase of rival HBOS in 2009.The 5,803 former Lloyds TSB shareholders claim they were "mugged" when the bank took over HBOS, which was laden with bad mortgages.Lloyds was forced to accept a £20bn state bailout and…

General election 2019: Labour pledges free broadband for all

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLabour's John McDonnell pledged "free broadband for the country" if the party gets electedLabour has promised to give every home and business in the UK free full-fibre broadband by 2030, if it wins the general election.The party would nationalise part of BT to deliver the policy and…

Hong Kong in first recession for a decade amid protests

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Anti-government protests in Hong Kong started five months ago Hong Kong has confirmed it has entered its first recession for a decade as it continues to be gripped by protests.Its economy shrank 3.2% in the July-to-September period compared with the prior quarter, figures showed, confirming earlier preliminary data.It means the…

How trainers became a million dollar idea

Trainers: we wear them for running; we wear them for sport. A lot of us are hardly ever out of them. But who invented trainers? And how did slapping together some cloth uppers and rubber soles grow into a multi-billion dollar business? Aaron Heslehurst explains.Script and video: Jeremy Howell