Britain's anaemic wage growth is having a knock-on effect on public finances, with weak increases in tax receipts meaning the government is still borrowing substantially more than planned.
The eurozone's fragile economic recovery took another blow as private business growth slowed more than expected in August on worse than expected data from Germany and France.
LONDON (Reuters) - Shares in drugmaker AstraZeneca have climbed more than 7 percent this week, fueled by speculation of renewed takeover interest from Pfizer, following an abortive $118 billion (71 billion pounds) takeover attempt in May.
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has defended estimates of oil reserves, after a warning yesterday from a leading industry figure.
It was a symbol of the thawing of the Cold War and attracted long lines when it opened in 1990. But on Wednesday evening, in what's likely a bout of diplomatic tit-for-tat, the McDonald's in Moscow's Pushkin Square stood empty.