Retailers have slashed their prices this weekend in the hope that shoppers will finally flood Britain's high streets today after one of the slowest Christmases on record.
The great Christmas getaway will start in earnest today as millions of people hit the roads and crowd onto trains, planes and boats.
Vulnerable customers in the North East who were targeted by energy giant Npower could be in line for compensation after a key finding by regulator Ofgem.
The public accounts committee (PAC), chaired by Margaret Hodge, has strongly criticised HM Revenue & Customs for overestimating by �2.5bn the amount of money it expected to collect from a deal with the Swiss authorities to tackle tax evasion.
Wildlife groups have accused the government of caving in to big farmers over planned changes to farm subsidies in England. The government proposed increasing the proportion of farm payments transferred to protecting wildlife from 9% to 15%.