House prices in every region of the UK have increased this year, further raising concerns that a generation of young people will fail to get on to the property ladder.
Analysts say the figures are disappointing and some suggest Asos is facing increasing competition from rivals. Photograph: Richard Boll/Getty Images.
Supermarket price wars and lower petrol prices helped the UK's inflation rate to fall slightly to 1.5 per cent last month, according to official figures on Tuesday.
The National Union of Mineworkers has stepped in as a lender to the coal industry, committing �4m to Hatfield Colliery to try to secure the future of one of Britain's last underground mines.
Europe's uncertain economic prospects cast a cloud over Thomas Cook's recovery today after a slowdown in bookings in Germany.