MOSCOW (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession next year, its finance minister said on Friday, as authorities scaled up their bailout for the first bank to succumb to the recent rouble crisis.
A record eight million people are believed to have �slipped away� from festivities on Christmas Day to take advantage of online sales.
The U.K. may overtake France (FRGEGDPQ) this year to become the world's fifth-largest economy behind the U.S., China, Japan and Germany, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
Hundreds of thousands of travellers have been left stranded as the main routes on Britain's railways shut down for Boxing Day.
A report reveals highly qualified working mothers are being excluded from full-time jobs because they lack flexibility. File photo.