THE crisis facing the North Sea oil and gas industry, with predictions of tens of thousands of job losses generated by the slump in the oil price, is "deeply worrying," a senior member of the Cabinet has admitted.
UK retail sales volumes last month showed their biggest year-on-year rise since May 2004, boosted by the Black Friday shopping frenzy adopted from the US, official figures have shown.
The Alexa Shopping Center in Berlin. Recent economic indicators suggest Germany is emerging from a period of weakness Getty Images.
Stamp duty changes are expected to see wealthy areas of London hit by stalling price growth, while other regions will benefit. 08:55, UK, Friday 19 December 2014.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's rouble strengthened on Friday after Finance Minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency and on expectations that exporters will step up dollar sales.