The eurozone's continued economic stagnation and the crisis in Ukraine have been blamed for the decline in export orders, alongside the impact of the stronger pound.
Oil prices bounced off multiyear lows Thursday on signs of demand growth and news that Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September.
Cuadrilla's plans to frack for shale gas in Lancashire have suffered further delay after council planners requested an extra two months to consider its proposals.
The SFO is paying �6m compensation to Vincent Tchenguiz after a botched raid in a now collapsed investigation relating to the 2008 banking crisis.
The East Coast of the US is just a short hop across the pond but high air fares often keep many UK passengers closer to home. However, Icelandic airline WOW air has launched �99 flights from London to Boston and Washington DC.