Britain's multi-billion pound sex and illegal drug industries have helped the UK leapfrog France to become the world's fifth largest economy.
Japan's inflation slowed for a fourth month in November, and industrial production and retail sales unexpectedly dropped, pointing to further weakness in an economy Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is trying to revive from recession.
Homes typically piled �42 a day on to their value throughout 2014, as the housing market recovery gathered momentum, research has revealed.
AFTER THE retail pandemonium of 'Black Friday' and 'Panic Saturday', tens of thousands of shoppers are expected to converge on the region's shopping centres today to hunt down the latest bargains.
About �700m of taxpayers' money would be saved if highly qualified women were allowed to work more flexibly, according to a report published today.