Supermarket price wars and lower petrol prices helped the UK's inflation rate to fall slightly to 1.5 per cent last month, according to official figures on Tuesday.
ASOS has left investors nursing wounds - but the website's young shoppers could see prices fall. Business is going from bad to worse at ASOS as shares in the online fashion retailer plunged in response to a third profit warning of 2014.
Europe's uncertain economic prospects cast a cloud over Thomas Cook's recovery today after a slowdown in bookings in Germany.
Shares in N Brown, the plus-size online and catalogue retailer, fell 5 per cent on Tuesday after a disappointing trading update dragged its share price to a 12-month low.
Ahead of the crucial Scottish independence vote and the latest US Federal Reserve meeting, leading shares continued to edge lower.