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UK borrowing hits highest October level on record

The government borrowed £22.3bn in October – its highest for the month since records began.

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Early Christmas shopping helps boost retail sales

Sales rose for the sixth consecutive month in October, official statistics show.

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Covid has ‘devastating’ impact on gender equality

Many women worry about their jobs in the pandemic but there are signs of hope, a charity says.

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Luxury carmaker Maybach has high ambitions for China

The high-end brand owned by Daimler wants to tap into China’s ambitious electric vehicle targets.

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Port troubles leave UK bookseller with no books

Congestion at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk is proving a major headache for importers before Christmas.

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Wands revive memories of the smart home dream

Lights, heating and fridges were all supposed to be internet connected, but it never really happened. Why?

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TUC: Young people saw record job losses this summer

More under-24s made redundant in three months than the whole of 2019, analysis finds.

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Port Talbot steelworks: ‘Resist speculation’ over future

Welsh Secretary Simon Hart says Tata wants “to make steel in Wales”.

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Felixstowe Port in ‘chaos’ as Christmas and Brexit loom

One shipping firm has re-routed to Rotterdam to avoid “unacceptable” congestion at Felixstowe Port.

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Greggs to cut 820 jobs amid lockdown sales slump

Bakery chain chief says “the battle with Covid hasn’t gone away and is intensifying further”.

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