UK CONSUMER confidence saw a large jump in January, in a renewed sign that the economic recovery will continue strongly into 2015.
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.
Amazon's profits fell in the fourth quarter. Revenue did not meet expectations. The company said it might lose money in the current quarter.
TOKYO, Jan 30 (Reuters) - Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains.