Marks and Spencer and Debenhams are among the stores to slash prices ahead of one of the busiest sales weekends of the year. 2:05pm UK, Friday 20 December 2013.
The UK economy has performed better since the recession than originally thought, according to official data published on Friday, which confirmed that the economy grew 0.8 per cent in the third quarter.
The cost of renting a property in England and Wales rose twice as fast as weekly earnings in the 11-months to November, as landlords cashed in on insatiable demand for homes.
The Co-operative Bank's balance sheet has been stabilised after months of uncertainty following the discovery of a �1.5bn capital blackhole.
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.