Buy-to-let investors are flooding into the property market before they are hit by a stamp duty increase, surveyors have reported. The UK housing market saw a pick-up in the supply of homes in January.
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Sainsbury's says its customers are responding positively to a reduction in special offers. Photograph: PA. Rebecca Smithers. Thursday 11 February 2016 07.28 EST Last modified on Thursday 11 February 2016 08.48 EST.
British Gas says the price cut means the average annual bill will be almost �100 lower than 13 months ago. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA.
LONDON The dollar hit a 16-month low against the yen on Thursday and headed for its worst week since the Lehman crisis as investors scrambled for relative safety, buying up gold and top-rated bonds and dumping stocks.