Global business outlook has fallen to a five-year low, according to October's Markit Global Business Outlook Survey. Optimism among 6,100 companies in the world's largest economies fell steeply.
George Osborne is likely to miss his target for clearing the backlog of business rates appeals, according to figures seen by The Independent.
More than one in three families will do their Christmas shopping this Friday, turning the so-called US holiday Black Friday into the busiest shopping day of the year.
Monday 11:45GMT. Europe's equities markets are moving higher, building on a muted start to trade after German confidence data unexpectedly rose.
Royal Mail can expect harsh criticism from communications watchdog Ofcom when it publishes its annual update on the postal service next month, according to media reports.