The number of people taking their first step onto the property ladder is at a seven-year high, according to new figures. 2:11am UK, Friday 22 August 2014.
Britain's top equity index rose on Thursday on gains in healthcare stocks, led by AstraZeneca on speculation rejected US suitor Pfizer might make another bid.
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PRODUCTION rose sharply at oil and gas explorer Premier Oil in the first half of 2014, with the company boosted by increased flow in the UK up more than 50 per cent.
Phoenix Group, the owner of closed life funds such as Scottish Mutual and Scottish Provident, has said its sale of Glasgow-based Ignis Asset Management to Standard Life Investments will pave the way for cheaper debt.