Average income families will take until next June to clear their Christmas debts, with the the average adult borrowing �685 over the festive period, the Trade Union Congress has claimed.
Struggling smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed a five-year deal with Foxconn, the big Taiwan-based maker of electronic products and components.
Marks & Spencer will discount its clothing line by 30% in a last-minute "Mega Day" sale this weekend, as other high street retailers drop prices to entice Christmas shoppers and bargain-hunters.
Gross domestic product (GDP) for the third quarter is up 0.8% on the same period last year, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced, but a top academic has warned that GDP as a measure of economic sustainability gives a misleading picture.
Trust in the big six energy providers suffered a further blow on Friday as npower was given its second fine in a month, this time �3.5m, for misleading consumers.