Lending to businesses has collapsed by the largest amount in more than four years, the Bank of England has found, with the shock decline sharply contrasted by the biggest rise in mortgage lending since 2008.
Monthly active users for Facebook's main social network jumped 13% to 1.49 billion, with 1.31 billion people logging in at least once a month via mobile.
Banks are failing to meet new standards for compiling market benchmarks despite the record fines imposed over the Libor and foreign exchange scandals, a review by Britain's financial watchdog has said.
Banks have to beef up their risk management controls or face the expensive consequences of building up bigger capital buffers, the Bank of England said, in the latest drive to make banks more stable.
The south west of England is the best place to grow old, according to research which places Devon at the top of a best-retirement league table.