SSE has warned that consumers should brace themselves for further increases in energy bills, as the London-listed energy group reported a jump in full-year pre-tax profit and bolstered its dividend.
As unsettled weather and rising food prices put off shoppers, retail sales volumes including fuel sank 1.3pc month-on-month, confounding economists' forecasts for flat sales.
Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group on Wednesday said they would not need to issue new shares or sell other securities to meet fresh regulatory capital requirements.
More than 50 English beaches have met tough new EU standards to receive Blue Flag awards, recognising their high standards and water quality.
Lost tax revenue from money salted away offshore is costing governments more than $150bn (�99bn) a year, Oxfam has found - enough to eliminate extreme poverty across the globe twice over.