Retailers have slashed their prices this weekend in the hope that shoppers will finally flood Britain's high streets today after one of the slowest Christmases on record.
Britain is on course to post its strongest annual growth since 2007 according to official data - though the same figures showed the recovery is badly out of kilter, with the UK's trade deficit ballooning to its highest level in almost 25 years.
The most desirable place to live in the UK has been named as Hart in Hampshire for the third year in a row. The district's residents were found to be the healthiest and live the longest in the UK, while employment was well above the national average.
Struggling smartphone maker Blackberry has agreed a five-year deal with Foxconn, the big Taiwan-based maker of electronic products and components.
Npower has sold 770,000 customer accounts to Telecom Plus trading as utility Warehouse in a �218 million deal that creates a seventh big energy company.