AN independent Scotland in its first year would have faced a �6.4bn "gaping chasm" in its finances, the Treasury has calculated based on the slump in the oil price.
UK retail sales grew at their fastest year-on-year pace for more than a quarter-century in the two weeks to December 11, with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza adopted from the US playing a major part, a survey has revealed.
Undercover filmmakers pretending to be workers in a factory making Apple products in China had to work up to 16 hours a day and as many as 18 days in a row, according to an investigation by BBC Panorama.
U.S. stocks surged the most this week since October as the Federal Reserve sparked a three-day rally that nearly wiped out two weeks of equity market pain.
Green campaigners rounded on the Government yesterday after it gave fossil-fuel plants most of the subsidies in a �1bn scheme to promote low-carbon electricity.