The Ofgem-imposed penalties are for failing to meet obligations under government green energy schemes to provide free insulation and new boilers for low-income homes.
House prices nudged up again in November to reach another all-time average high of �189,388, although pace of growth has softened, the latest property index shows.
Oil prices have continued to fall in the wake of the decision by the Opec producers' cartel not to cut output. Brent crude touched a new four-year low of $71.12 a barrel early on Friday, and remained below the $72 mark.
Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving.
Inflation in the eurozone has fallen back to its five-year low, raising pressure on the currency area's central bankers to unveil new measures to stave off the threat of a long bout of weak price pressures.