Profit margins for Britain's big six energy groups are forecast to rise to record levels this year after wholesale prices tumbled.
Confidence among British households rebounded strongly this month on the back of improving living standards, raising the prospect of a pre-election boost for the government.
Supermarkets will face fines running into hundreds of millions of pounds under legislation that is intended to stamp out bullying of farmers by big retailers.
A 15% increase in sales over the crucial festive season brings cheer for investors despite profits sliding by $25m. 06:03, UK, Friday 30 January 2015.
The European Central Bank has warned big banks not to distribute too much capital in bonuses to staff or dividends to shareholders.