The Christmas getaway began early as the motorways were already clogged with drivers taking advantage of cheap petrol prices. More than 12 million cars will be on the roads during the festive period, according to the RAC.
LONDON, (Reuters) - Britain's public finances improved sharply in November, official data showed on Friday, helped by a fine on banks hit by a foreign exchange trading scandal.
Stamp duty changes are expected to see wealthy areas of London hit by stalling price growth, while other regions will benefit. 08:55, UK, Friday 19 December 2014.
Working over 60 hours a week, working while standing, long night shifts - such are the working conditions inside Apple's Chinese factory, according to the BBC's Panorama show.
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil rose above $60 (38 pounds) a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/2-year low as investors squared books ahead of the year-end festive break after six months of falling prices.