Virgin Galactic has successfully launched a tourism rocket ship into space for the first time - with Sir Richard Branson hoping a commercial flight will take place by March 2019.
The UK’s big four auditors will next week face an unprecedented move to limit their market share and allow smaller rivals to gatecrash their self-confessed oligopoly as regulators shake up a sector rattled by a string of corporate collapses.
Current and former chief executives of mining giant BHP, Dulux paints maker Akzo Nobel, electronics group Samsung and the consumer goods group Nestlé will know exactly how Alexandre Ricard feels today.
Retailer Bonmarche has said current trading conditions are worse than during the recession as it warned that extended Brexit uncertainty is dragging on sales.
Mike Ashley has been rebuffed by Debenhams after he offered a £40m loan to bail out the struggling department store amid speculation it had "zero chance of survival".
Gambling companies have agreed to what is effectively a ban on betting advertisements during live sport.
Footage of an artificial intelligence robot that Russian state television used as an example of the country's technological prowess has been exposed as a man wearing a robot suit.
The buyout giant TPG is in talks about a sale or merger of Victoria Plum, the online bathroom retailer, in a deal that would crystallise another poorly performing UK investment for one of the world's most prolific private equity investors.
Nearly half of children's slime toys failed the EU safety limit for the presence of a potentially harmful chemical, research found.
Sports Direct has reported a 27% fall in half-year profits as it counted the cost of swallowing up failed department store chain House of Fraser.
China has confirmed that it has detained two Canadian men in what appears to be retaliation for the arrest of Huawei's chief financial officer.
Brexit uncertainty has pushed a key measure of the housing market to a six-year low, according to surveyors.
Rail passengers are not claiming compensation they are owed because chaos caused by changes to the timetable in May because they don't think they are eligible.
The pound has reacted positively after Theresa May saw off a Tory vote of confidence in her leadership - but wobbled when the size of her majority became clear.
The British fintech start-up Revolut has secured a European banking licence that will pave the way for it to launch a comprehensive current account and consumer lending operation across the continent from next year.
Leading Conservative donors have thrown their weight behind Theresa May’s leadership by warning the party’s MPs that ousting her would pave the way for a Jeremy Corbyn-led government.
The worst street for broadband in the UK is almost 2,000 times slower than the fastest, an annual survey has found.
Sainsbury's and Asda are seeking to take the competition watchdog to a judicial review - saying they have not been given enough time to argue the case for their merger.
Dixons Carphone has reported a half-year loss of £440m, with the electricals giant counting the cost of a tough mobile phone market.
Business groups have voiced their dismay after Tory MPs triggered a confidence vote in Theresa May, with one saying bosses were "tearing their hair out" at the latest developments.
Shares in Superdry have plunged by more than a third after it issued its second profit warning in less than two months - blaming mild weather for a potential £22m hit to its bottom line.
Legal & General is plotting the sale of its general insurance operations in a move that could spur further consolidation in the UK market for home and contents cover.
This Friday, almost un-noticed, one of the biggest events in financial history is set to come to an end.
Sky has announced it is ending its long-standing involvement in professional cycling and Team Sky at the end of 2019, a move which could see the troubled team cease to exist after next season.
President Trump has said he would intervene in the case of Huawei's chief financial officer, who is wanted by the US Justice Department, if it could help close a trade deal with China.
The fastest-moving animal in the world has been revealed - and scientists say speed isn't always influenced by size.
Wrappers and packaging can make up almost half the weight of Christmas chocolates, a study has found.
The pound has hit fresh 20-month lows versus the dollar as the prime minister battles to rescue her Brexit deal with Brussels and shore up her position as Tory leader.
Donald Trump has threatened to shut down the US government if the Democrats refuse to vote in favour of his Mexican border wall.
UK officials have been warning EU27 nations that a "no-deal" Brexit places a high risk of financial disruption to their banks, Sky News understands.
Two FTSE-100 companies with a combined market value of almost £11bn are kicking off the search for new chairs as John McAdam, the veteran industrialist, prepares to step down after more than a decade at the helm.
Shares in an online retailer backed by Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley have fallen by 50% after it issued a profits warning.
Advertising giant WPP has announced a major restructuring which will see thousands of jobs cut worldwide, months after ousting long-serving boss Sir Martin Sorrell.
Annual wage growth rose to 3.3% in the three months to October but unemployment also climbed, official figures show.
The private equity tycoon Guy Hands has lined up the erstwhile boss of Associated British Ports to help him sail into a £300m bidding war for Wightlink, the British ferry operator.
Live-streaming service Twitch has increased its UK audience by 50% in the last year, Sky News has learned.
A political row is brewing after Labour warned of a "Conservative Party, establishment cover-up" over an anti-disinformation think tank accused of political attacks against senior Labour figures.
Former Sainsbury's boss Justin King is to join the board of Marks & Spencer to help "navigate the challenges ahead" as it battles to turn around its fortunes.
The UK is the largest arms producer in Europe and third-biggest in the world, according to a new report on global arms sales.
Struggling retailer Carpetright has slipped to a half-year loss of £11.7m after it closed dozens of stores and said "negative headlines" had hit sales.
Emmanuel Macron has promised to raise the minimum wage as he acknowledged he was partially responsible for weeks of nationwide protests.
Mobile banking users can now block certain types of spending in a move which could help people gain control of their finances.
Antarctica has seen a "significant" change in ice mass following increased snowfall during the 20th century which has mitigated rising sea levels, researchers say.
London transport chiefs have announced up to £2bn in new financing to complete the delayed Crossrail project.
The pound has hit a fresh 20-month low against the US dollar and stock markets are falling globally after Theresa May decided to delay the Commons vote on her Brexit deal.
The Voyager 2 probe has left the protective bubble around the sun and is flying through interstellar space, NASA says.
Royal London, one of Britain's biggest financial services mutuals, will this week name a board member of the asset management giant Standard Life Aberdeen as its next chairman.
Shares in troubled outsourcing firm Interserve have fallen by up to 73% after it revealed details of a recovery plan which will result in a "material" hit to current stock holders.
Billionaire "playboy" Vijay Mallya should be extradited from the UK to India to face fraud charges over the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines, a court in London has ruled.
"We're not the next Carillion".
A crisp packet recycling scheme has been launched after a public campaign against plastic waste.
Lenders to the troubled outsourcing group Interserve have drafted in bankers to stitch together a make-or-break restructuring that is likely to see them take control of the company.
Britain's economy dropped down a gear as it entered the autumn as weakening demand for cars put the brakes on sales and manufacturing in the motor industry, official figures show.
Shopping visits fell last month at their sharpest rate since the recession as stores face Brexit uncertainty and sustained pressure from online competition in the run-up to Christmas.
A gamer who was allegedly heard hitting his partner during a live stream of Fortnite has been charged with assault.
Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn has formally been charged with financial misconduct for under-reporting his income.
Heathrow is to offer thousands of its European workers financial help to try to secure their place in the UK after Brexit, telling Sky News that its workers are having to deal with an "extraordinarily stressful" situation.
Huawei's chief financial officer has denied she covered up her company's alleged links to a firm that tried to sell equipment to Iran in violation of sanctions.
China has summoned the US ambassador in Beijing as it lodged "strong protests" over the detention of a Chinese technology executive in Canada.
The world's oldest known bird is set to become a mother again - after raising at least 30 other youngsters.
Former Labour MP Nick Raynsford is being parachuted into an increasingly frantic effort to salvage Crossrail, the £15bn London rail project that could see its budget soar this week by another 10%.
A competition with a mission to inspire the next generation of cyber security experts will open on Monday... and it's just for girls.
Three of the biggest donors to the Leave campaign have told Sky News that they are dismayed by the progress of Brexit and that it would be better for Britain to remain in the European Union than sign up to Theresa May's withdrawal agreement.
US prosecutors have charged Huawei's chief financial officer with fraud, saying she had used at least seven passports in 11 years.
China says it has opened a "new chapter in lunar exploration" after sending a rover towards the far side of the moon.
Ted Baker founder Ray Kelvin is taking a temporary leave of absence after being accused of giving unwanted hugs to staff.
The Emmy Award-winning post-production agency which works on The X Factor and The Grand Tour has been put up for sale by WPP Group as the marketing services giant prepares to flesh out its strategy for the era after former boss Sir Martin Sorrell.
The owner of Primark - one of the high street's best performers since the financial crisis - has warned of "challenging" sales at the discount fashion chain in the run-up to Christmas.
The FTSE 100 has been recovering some ground, 24 hours after its biggest percentage fall since the Brexit referendum result.
O2 customers will get up to two days' credit in compensation after a data outage affected millions of people.
Global oil prices have surged after a tentative deal was reportedly cut to ease production and tackle a fresh supply glut.
Medical suppliers have been warned of border disruption for up to six months in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.
A teenager has been jailed for three years for making hoax bomb threats to hundreds of schools and a transatlantic flight.
Sir Steve Webb, the former pensions minister, is in talks to become the new boss of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) as it come under pressure from the government to take tougher action against companies which fail to address funding gaps in their retirement schemes.
The head of a taxpayer-backed business that supplies cars and scooters to disabled people is to step down after it was revealed he is in line for a £2.2m bonus.
Project Bloodhound, the British-led attempt to create the world's first land vehicle capable of breaking the 1,000mph barrier, has been scrapped.
Paris police have urged shops and restaurants on the Champs-Elysees to close ahead of new protests against embattled president Emmanuel Macron.
The prime minister has been warned "tinkering" with her Brexit deal "won't cut it" as she was advised to delay a looming vote on her agreement.
O2 has said its 4G network has been restored after a massive data outage which affected millions of people.