UK retail sales were 1.4% up on January, the ONS said. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images. Retail industry. UK retail sales shrug off Brexit fears with February rise.
Two separate reports for the government have raised the possibility that millions of people may have to work longer to qualify for a state pension.
Jones the Bootmaker was left teetering on the brink of administration on Thursday as a deal to buy the struggling shoe chain fell through at the last minute.
High street chain Next is set to hit shoppers with a second price hike - as profits plunged. The fashion and homewares giant warned prices would rise at least 4% on it autumn and winter ranges, on top of a 4% increase earlier this year.
A man walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on which is displayed a banner celebrating the 60 years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, in Brussels, Belgium March 20, 2017.