THE crisis facing the North Sea oil and gas industry, with predictions of tens of thousands of job losses generated by the slump in the oil price, is "deeply worrying," a senior member of the Cabinet has admitted.
Ryanair is today being portrayed as the 'kingmaker' in efforts by International Airlines Group to take over Aer Lingus in a �1 billion-plus deal.
UK retail sales volumes last month showed their biggest year-on-year rise since May 2004, boosted by the Black Friday shopping frenzy adopted from the US, official figures have shown.
LONDON (Reuters) - British consumer morale edged down in December to reach its weakest level since March as optimism about the economy hit a 17-month low, a survey by polling company GfK showed on Friday.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude held below $60 (�38) a barrel, near a 5-1/2-year low, on Friday as a global oversupply of oil showed little sign of receding, even as companies cut upstream investments next year.