A lack of homes for sale means that the housing market will get off to a slow start in 2017, according to surveyors. Property transactions have slowed since the spring, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said.
Annual growth in UK house prices accelerated for the first time in eight months in November, a lender's figures show. The Halifax, part of Lloyds Banking Group, said property prices had risen by 6% compared with a year ago.
The deal marks a win for Russian President Vladimir Putin as it comes at a time when the government is cash-strapped. By Kedar Grandhi.
The chief executive of Stagecoach has warned the government against enmeshing train operators' finances with those of Network Rail as it develops plans to reform management of the UK's rail infrastructure.
Dozens of wealthy footballers are being investigated for using income from image rights to dodge tax, it emerged last night. HMRC bosses told MPs the practice was rife, with 43 players, 12 clubs and eight agents under investigation.