Japanese industrial production rose by more than expected in December, data on Thursday showed, providing a further boost to the yen, which has been among the strongest major currencies amid recent market turbulence
Private sector employers expect average pay settlements of 3.1% this year, against 2.6% in 2017.
The City watchdog has been criticised for “completely” losing control of a report into RBS’s mistreatment of small businesses, with MPs now likely to use special powers to publish it in full next week.
House prices ended last year £12,000 higher on average than they had been 12 months earlier, according to official figures.
UK consumer price inflation held at 3% in January as underlying prices rose more strongly than expected, scuppering forecasts for a drop back towards the Bank of England's 2% target rate and pressuring for a more aggressive interest rate response
The dollar fell across the board on foreign exchanges on Tuesday as investors took profits on gains for the greenback during the recent equity market correction