President Putin did his best today to reassure Russians - and the markets - about the underlying stability of the tumbling rouble, while warning his countrymen of a tough two years ahead.
UK retail sales surged in November, growing at the fastest pace in a decade as consumers took advantage of pre-Christmas discounts.
The government undervalued Royal Mail by a relatively small amount in its flotation last year, says a former City minister. Markets.
Switzerland's National Bank (SNB) is to impose an interest rate of minus 0.25% on large amounts of money deposited in the country.
Ronny Gottschlich says Lidl will stick to its tight selection of 1,550-1,650 products because that is the best way to keep prices low.