AN independent Scotland in its first year would have faced a �6.4bn "gaping chasm" in its finances, the Treasury has calculated based on the slump in the oil price.
British shares enjoyed their best week for three years after the US Federal Reserve's promise to take a �patient� approach to interest rate rises sparked a global rally that helped the London stock market stage a recovery from its recent rout.
UK retail sales grew at their fastest year-on-year pace for more than a quarter-century in the two weeks to December 11, with the Black Friday shopping extravaganza adopted from the US playing a major part, a survey has revealed.
U.S. stocks surged the most this week since October as the Federal Reserve sparked a three-day rally that nearly wiped out two weeks of equity market pain.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has labelled claims his company forces Chinese workers on its iPhone and iPad assembly lines to work exhaustive overtime shifts as deeply offensive.