With head of retail banking at Lloyds Alison Brittain becoming chief executive of Costa Coffee and Whitbread, the UK is on track to meet the 25% target of female board directors set by the government by the end of the year.
M&S' gross profit on its clothing and homewares business rose by �24m last year as margin gains compensated for a 2.5% fall in sales.
China has set the ball rolling for private investment in CN� 1.97tn (�205.1bn, €289.5bn, $317.5bn) worth of infrastructure projects, attempts to plug a widening funding gap amid a crackdown on traditional off-balance sheet borrowing by local governments.
Amazon.com Inc has begun booking revenues in individual European countries for tax purposes, instead of channeling them through low-tax Luxembourg, the Wall Street Journal reported, following extensive criticism and intense scrutiny by EU authorities.
Households' confidence in their spending power took a step backwards in April in the run-up to the general election, a report has found.