The most wealthy areas in Wales and Northern Ireland are on average poorer in terms of disposable income than the most deprived areas of London, according to new official statistics.
The quality of UK audits is improving but there is still work to be done, the UK's accountancy watchdog will say on Friday in its annual audit review.
LONDON British transport company FirstGroup (FGP.L) is to invest 78 million pounds in 385 new buses, upgrading its fleet in an effort to maintain growth at its UK bus division after a series of setbacks in its rail unit.
Royal Bank of Scotland is gearing up for the government to start selling its shares in the lender by inviting investment banks to pitch for an enlarged corporate broking role that includes acting as privatisation advisers.
NORTH Sea-focused Ithaca Energy has become embroiled in a legal dispute connected to the giant Greater Stella Area oil development off eastern Scotland.