Shares in doorstep lender Provident Financial have plunged further in late morning trade, and are now down 67% following its second profit warning in months.
Public sector net borrowing in July (excluding nationalised banks) was in surplus by �184m. City experts had expected the government a �1bn deficit.
Ford is the latest car company to launch an incentive for UK consumers to trade in cars over seven years old, by offering �2,000 off some new models.
The war of the supermarkets is heating up with new data showing that German discounters Aldi and Lidl are rapidly wresting market share from Britain's traditional retailers.
Theresa May must commit to George Osborne's pet project aimed at bolstering northern England to avoid the UK becoming a “one-trick pony”, the former chancellor has said.