George Osborne suffered a fresh blow today as the six-year squeeze on earnings growth was blamed for the latest official figures showing a widening hole in the public finances.
China's economic growth beat analysts' estimates last quarter as export demand quickened and services expanded, bolstering the government's case for avoiding broader stimulus measures.
Annual profits at Asos have fallen by 14% after the online retailer was hit by the strength of sterling and a major warehouse fire.
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's top share index rose on Tuesday, with gains for engineering firm GKN (GKN.L) after results and in drugmaker Shire (SHP.
BCA Marketplace, owner of the webuyanycar.com website, has joined the growing list of companies to pull its initial public offering, blaming �volatility in global equity markets�.