Black Friday price cuts and an ongoing supermarket price war drove the strongest UK retail sales growth in more than a quarter of a century this month, as shoppers rushed out to bag early Christmas bargains.
Shares in WPP led a broad rally on the FTSE 100 on Friday after a broker upgrade brought some seasonal cheer to the world's biggest advertising agency.
Apple has written a letter to its UK staff over "deeply offensive" allegations made by the BBC's Panorama programme that the company mistreats workers in its Chinese factories.
House prices will rise over the course of next year as a direct result of the overhaul of stamp duty announced at the autumn statement, while house builders will also benefit from a rush of investors seeking exposure to the sector, two surveys have predicted.
Petrol prices have fallen 6.6p a litre in the last three months marking the third biggest monthly fall in quarter of a century, according to the latest AA fuel price report.