Britain's public sector spending deficit dropped to its lowest August total since 2007 after an increase in VAT revenues and a squeeze on local authority borrowing.
Environmental protesters have climbed on to a ship at a Kent port transporting diesel cars from Germany. Greenpeace said campaigners had boarded the ship at Sheerness in Kent and were preventing the unloading of the cars.
The Co-op Group has severed its ties with the troubled Co-op Bank by selling its last remaining 1pc stake, while reporting a rise in sales on the back of its British-sourced food.
Construction at Beijing's new airport. Standard & Poor's downgraded its rating on China's debt on Thursday, saying the country was using growing amounts of debt to fund building projects and other activities that spur economic growth.
A supermarket in London is trialling a biometric payment system that uses the unique vein pattern in fingertips to pay for goods. Costcutter said it would consider rolling Fingopay out more widely if the test, at Brunel University, was successful.