The number of house sales across Scotland "faltered" in December, according to a report. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) found the number of potential new house buyers in December 2016 was only "marginally positive".
BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT) announced on January 17th a final deal to buy Reynolds American for $49bn. BAT already owns 42% of Reynolds; buying the rest of it will create the world's largest listed tobacco company by sales and profits.
Asian equities regained upward momentum after comments from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen gave wings to a broad recovery for the dollar, weakening regional currencies.
In a persistent drizzle on 17 January, a group of protesters swathed in green ponchos unfurled tarps and sleeping bags on the sidewalk in front of Goldman Sachs' high-rise building on the West Side highway in New York City.
Npower has scored the lowest in an annual energy company customer satisfaction survey for the seventh year running. An Npower spokesman said: "Obviously we are disappointed despite the slight improvement on previous results.