Petrol prices and air fares are rising, helping to drive up the UK inflation rate. Photograph: Bruno Vincent/Getty Images. Katie Allen.
LONDON British American Tobacco (BATS.L) has agreed a $49.4 billion (39.9 billion pounds) takeover of U.S. rival Reynolds American Inc (RAI.
Britain is in the grip of a courgette shortage that could last for months after a continental cold and wet snap hit supplies at a time of peak demand from consumers keen to pursue new year resolutions to eat more greens.
Air India will start the service this week on internal flights and roll it out across the network throughout the year. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/AP.
Remortgage activity remained strong in November with business levels rising year-on-year, data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders shows.