The improving UK economy underpinned a rapid expansion of Premier Inn hotels and the Costa Coffee shop chain to boost sales at Whitbread.
Carney defuses interest rate rise fears. But 'the Ghost of Christmas Past should not be forgotten,' warns Bank of England governor.
George Osborne's claim that household disposable incomes are higher than at the start of the financial crisis is �inconceivable�, according to the Government's fiscal watchdog.
European aerospace giant EADS, the maker of Airbus aircraft, announced plans yesterday to cut 5,800 jobs in its defence and space division over three years.
Comic Relief has been forced to defend its investment policy after it emerged that millions of pounds donated to the charity went towards buying shares in tobacco, alcohol and arms firms.