Despite hints by Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen that rates would rise next year, her cautious language reassured markets.
A Black Friday shopping surge pushed up retail sales at the strongest annual pace in more than a decade, as prices at supermarkets and high street stores continued to fall.
Vince Cable must be pleased. Lord Myners' report into the Royal Mail sell-off pretty much clears the Business Secretary of the charge that he sold the Government's 60% stake too cheaply.
... * Fed: Rate hike unlikely for at least "couple of meetings". * Silver up more than 3 pct; platinum, palladium also rise.
A winter wonderland attraction which shut within 24 hours due a public backlash over its poor quality is now being investigated by Trading Standards.