Shoppers spent nearly �3bn in the Boxing Day sales, according a survey of consumers. The research by comparison website MoneySupermarket.
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Home owners in London are benefiting from the largest increases in property values, with Greenwich and Ealing showing the strongest returns with an almost 25 per cent price hike.
A 999-style emergency blackouts hotline promised in the wake of last year's power cuts has yet to take a single call and will not be up and running until 2016, it has emerged.
Faster broadband and better transport links could help the rural economy grow faster than the urban sector over the next decade, Environment Secretary Liz Truss has said.