Bid talk never fails to excite the market's more speculative traders, no matter how unlikely the immediate prospect of a deal materialising.
The sun is not going down on North Sea oil yet, but the longevity and scale of supplies are hotly disputed. Photograph: Michael St Maur Sheil/Corbis.
The supermarket battle for customers has triggered the first annual fall in food stores' sales, according to the latest official snapshot of the retail sector.
Residents of Bedford are the most generous people in the UK when it comes to giving money to charitable causes, according to donations platform JustGiving.
The current energy regulator, Ofgem, has levied 30 fines totalling more than �87m on power firms since 2001, a FOI request has shown.