LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top equity index surged on Friday, after appetite for stocks globally was boosted by unexpected monetary stimulus in Japan, while Royal Bank of Scotland outperformed after posting higher profits.
The annual rate of inflation in the eurozone picked up slightly in October, but marked its 13th straight month at less than half the rate targeted by the European Central Bank.
A war loan poster from the first world war currently on display in the Bank of England Museum's WW1 exhibition. Photograph: Bank of England.
Household suppliers defend their refusal to slash bills in a year when gas costs have tumbled by almost a quarter. 11:54, UK, Friday 31 October 2014.
Britain's banks will be forced to maintain significant financial safety nets under rules announced on Friday that industry leaders say could raise the cost of mortgages and penalise building societies.