Outdoor products were weaker amid chilly conditions but wallpapers and tools as well as a trend for shed repainting buoyed sales. 08:23, UK, Tuesday 24 May 2016.
Approval for fracking in North Yorkshire has raised the prospect of the controversial technique being allowed at other sites and restarted an intense debate.
Yorkshire and the Humber recorded 83 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in 2015, which is more than in any year since 1997, according to the EY UK Attractiveness Survey.
Nationwide has reported a 28 per cent surge in mortgages in the past year, marking the building society's highest level of lending since the financial crisis.
SINGAPORE: Oil prices fell in thin trade on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar strengthened, but losses were curbed by a likely drawdown in U.S.