Insurer Legal & General reported below-forecast 2014 operating profits on Wednesday, though company pension deals gave a boost to annuity sales.
Average household incomes are back to pre-crisis levels, but still more than 2% below their 2009-10 peak, according to research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
The detail of Markit's Spanish services PMI survey shows that despite the drop in the headline number, there were some positives.
Billions of pounds of corruptly gained money has been laundered by criminals and foreign officials buying upmarket London properties through anonymous offshore front companies - making the city arguably the world capital of money laundering.
Greggs has enjoyed a jump in profits as the bakery chain's fightback against the coffee chains and supermarkets begins to bear fruit.