A joint venture between Stagecoach and Virgin has won the franchise to run the East Coast mainline rail route. The firms promised to invest �140m in the route over eight years, and will pay the government �3.3bn for the contract.
Chancellor George Osborne has been asked to play Santa in next week's Autumn Statement and give Swindon firms three early Christmas presents - action on business rates, infrastructure and apprenticeships.
The chairman of Candy Crush-maker King has quit as the head of the firm and stepped down from the board for �personal reasons�, the company said.
The Bank of England launched its Funding for Lending Scheme in 2012 to encourage banks to lend. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA. Thursday 27 November 2014 10.41 EST.
France's government bonds rose, joining those of Germany, Finland and three other euro-area nations with 10-year yields below 1 percent.