Sadiq Khan has ordered an inquiry into the scale and impact of foreign investment in the London housing market amid fears over a potential "surge" in money flowing in from overseas.
The competition watchdog has launched a review of price comparison websites to investigate public awareness of how they earn their money and the level to which they actually benefit consumers.
A survey for a business lobby group suggests some companies have reduced recruitment and may cut staff hours in future. 02:07, UK, Friday 30 September 2016.
Consumers see it as the right time for big purchases such as furniture and electrical goods. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA. Katie Allen.
Despite the drop in mortgage approvals, indicators suggest UK house prices are likely to rise over the next quarter. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA.