With head of retail banking at Lloyds Alison Brittain becoming chief executive of Costa Coffee and Whitbread, the UK is on track to meet the 25% target of female board directors set by the government by the end of the year.
M&S' gross profit on its clothing and homewares business rose by �24m last year as margin gains compensated for a 2.5% fall in sales.
China's central planning agency is trying to stimulate growth by appealing for private investment in prospective infrastructure projects worth more than $300bn.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is highly unlikely to take major steps to shut off the grey or black market on its online platforms without an effective reason to do so, according to an industry expert.
Households' confidence in their spending power took a step backwards in April in the run-up to the general election, a report has found.