LONDON, (Reuters) - Britain's public finances improved sharply in November, official data showed on Friday, helped by a fine on banks hit by a foreign exchange trading scandal.
The Christmas getaway began early as the motorways were already clogged with drivers taking advantage of cheap petrol prices. More than 12 million cars will be on the roads during the festive period, according to the RAC.
UK retail sales volumes last month showed their biggest year-on-year rise since May 2004, boosted by the Black Friday shopping frenzy adopted from the US, official figures have shown.
Stamp duty changes are expected to see wealthy areas of London hit by stalling price growth, while other regions will benefit. 08:55, UK, Friday 19 December 2014.
BERLIN - German consumer confidence is continuing to improve, supported by expectations of increasing economic strength and a greater willingness to make purchases.