Wednesday 18.00 BST. Dovish comments from Ben Bernanke helped global equities scale fresh cyclical peaks, although Treasury bonds and the dollar saw choppy trading as he subsequently reminded the markets that the Federal Reserve's quantitative ...
The timing of Easter and the freezing weather seen at the start of the month caused retail sales to fall by 2.2 per cent on an annual basis.
Nationwide has increased its share of the British mortgage market to a record level, helped by government-funded programmes to support housebuyers, such as the Bank of England's Funding for Lending Scheme.
George Osborne is preparing to set out his plans to return bailed-out Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland to the private sector after the International Monetary Fund called on him to devise a "clear strategy" for the two banks.
Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said "I don't think companies should decide what tax policies should be. Governments should.