Retailers have slashed their prices this weekend in the hope that shoppers will finally flood Britain's high streets today after one of the slowest Christmases on record.
The European Union has lost its AAA credit rating after the Standard and Poor ratings agency warned that David Cameron's referendum promise and increased squabbling over Brussels spending raised doubts over its future.
Britain is on course to post its strongest annual growth since 2007 according to official data - though the same figures showed the recovery is badly out of kilter, with the UK's trade deficit ballooning to its highest level in almost 25 years.
SOME of Britain's largest providers of energy, telecoms and personal finance products have been named and shamed in The Sunday Times's annual round-up of saints and sinners.
Average income families will take until next June to clear their Christmas debts, with the the average adult borrowing �685 over the festive period, the Trade Union Congress has claimed.