LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index surged on Friday, after appetite for stocks globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan, while Royal Bank of Scotland outperformed after posting higher profits.
The annual rate of inflation in the eurozone picked up slightly in October, but marked its 13th straight month at less than half the rate targeted by the European Central Bank.
The UK government has announced it will repay a small portion of government debt that can trace its lineage back to the 19th century.
Wholesale gas prices in the UK today hit a record low for supplies to be delivered in November and December, adding to pressure on energy firms to cut household bills.
Consumer confidence in the UK jumped three points for the third successive quarter to hit its highest level for seven years, according to the latest figures from Nielsen.