Royal Mail workers will get a three-year pay rise worth about 9% under a �landmark� agreement that will avoid a pre-Christmas strike.
The Scottish government and nationalists have scrambled to counter suggestions that independence would lead to higher supermarket prices, amid increasingly fierce debate about the implications of quitting the UK.
Lloyds Banking Group is to sell its remaining 21 per cent stake in St James's Place, the wealth manager, bringing the total raised from three share sales this year to almost �535 million.
HSBC has played down speculation it is looking to float its UK arm on the stock market to combat tough new regulations. Reports that the bank has sounded out investors about the move set tongues wagging in the City on Monday.
Oil explorer lines up new directors in a move that could breach terms of a deal struck with investors, Sky News understands. 3:49pm UK, Monday 09 December 2013.