Shoppers look for Boxing Day bargains on Oxford Street. Photograph: Teri Pengilley for the Guardian. Zoe Wood, Terry Macalister and Alexandra Topping.
The U.K. may overtake France (FRGEGDPQ) this year to become the world's fifth-largest economy behind the U.S., China, Japan and Germany, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
An East Coast train at King's Cross. The operator apologised to passengers for delays caused by Network Rail's engineering work.
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Hundreds of thousands of travellers have been left stranded as the main routes on Britain's railways shut down for Boxing Day.