Alex Salmond's predictions about about the strength of Scotland's economy under independence have come under scrutiny. Photograph: Ken Jack/Demotix/Corbis.
With Carillion's bid for its rival dead in the water, Balfour Beatty can now concentrate on its public-private portfolio. Until now, the market has paid more attention to the potential �700m sale of Balfour's US design business Parsons Brinckerhoff.
The number of people who are self-employed has increased by over 730,000 in the past six years, but average income has slumped by 22 per cent, a new study has revealed.
Mortgage lending Figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show a large increase in mortgage lending for July. Photograph: Martin Keene/PA.
A rose in overseas demand meant British factory orders grew faster than expected in August, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)' s industrial trends survey found.