Spending rose 2.7% in January compared to the previous year with the high street doing better after a tough Christmas period. 02:36, UK, Monday 08 February 2016.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin will be grilled by MPs over the Government's delay in making a final decision over airport expansion in the south east.
Rolls-Royce shareholders are set to witness a cut in their dividend payouts for the first time in 25 years. The last time the company had resorted to such a move was way back in 1992, when UK had stepped into recession.
Money managers may not agree where oil prices are headed, but they are increasingly eager to place their bets. Total wagers on the price of crude climbed to the highest since the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission began tracking the data in 2006.
Despite uncertainty over the oil price, more than half 56 per cent of Scottish respondents believe their profits will increase this year.