Royal Mail workers will get a three-year pay rise worth about 9% under a �landmark� agreement that will avoid a pre-Christmas strike.
The Scottish government and nationalists have scrambled to counter suggestions that independence would lead to higher supermarket prices, amid increasingly fierce debate about the implications of quitting the UK.
Lloyds announced on Monday plans to offload its remaining stake in well-heeled financial adviser St James's Place. The state backed lender said it would sell its 21 per cent holding of 109million shares, marking another milestone on the road to recovery.
HSBC has sounded out investors about a flotation of its UK arm, in a move that would realise value from its high street banking business and address regulatory pressures.
Oil explorer lines up new directors in a move that could breach terms of a deal struck with investors, Sky News understands. 3:49pm UK, Monday 09 December 2013.