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.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
U.S. stocks closed out a wild week with a rally fueled by expectations that monetary policy will remain easy among major central banks for the foreseeable future.
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.