Confidence among British households rebounded strongly this month on the back of improving living standards, raising the prospect of a pre-election boost for the government.
Profit margins for Britain's big six energy groups are forecast to rise to record levels this year after wholesale prices tumbled.
Supermarkets will face fines running into hundreds of millions of pounds under legislation that is intended to stamp out bullying of farmers by big retailers.
A 15% increase in sales over the crucial festive season brings cheer for investors despite profits sliding by $25m. 06:03, UK, Friday 30 January 2015.
House prices are falling across a third of the country as the uncertainty of the general election plays on the minds of home buyers, figures indicate.