The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats claim credit for today's news of a 2.8 per cent rise in economic output. But Labour is dismissive, saying this is still the slowest recovery in 100 years.
London's top-flight share index was hit by a bout of profit-taking as it fell sharply on the last day of a broadly positive quarter for stocks.
Royal Dutch Shell has received the go-ahead from the US government to restart a controversial oil exploration campaign in the Alaskan Arctic despite fears over the risk to the environment.
Another one bites the dust. Earlier this week the Royal Bank of Scotland announced that Rory Cullinan, the head of the UK lender's investment banking arm, was stepping down.
The billionaire investor, Warren Buffett, has said he would not raise interest rates if he was in charge of the US Federal Reserve.