Bank fines linked to the foreign exchange trading scandal boosted the public finances in November, though the deficit remains on course to exceed �90bn this year.
Shares in WPP led a broad rally on the FTSE 100 on Friday after a broker upgrade brought some seasonal cheer to the world's biggest advertising agency.
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
UK house prices will increase by a steady 3% in 2015 bolstered by recent changes to Stamp Duty, continuing demand and lack of supply of property, the RICS UK housing market forecast has revealed.
The big drop in fuel prices is good news for many but there are losers, too - and warnings it could all go horribly wrong. 13:43, UK, Friday 19 December 2014.