People with problem debt could be given a six-week breathing space, the government has confirmed. It follows pressure from rebels in the House of Lords, who had threatened to vote down the Financial Guidance and Claims Bill later on Tuesday.
Whitbread says slowing growth at its Costa Coffee stores will recover as increasingly sophisticated British customers spend more on finer brews.
Carillion has been handed a lifeline by its lenders after agreeing new debt facilities, while selling part of its healthcare division to rival Serco.
A new emission charging system for older, more polluting vehicles in London is just a “first step” and must be accompanied by wider measures such as a national diesel scrappage scheme, according to environment groups.
Singapore will freeze the number of vehicles on its roads from next February. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) cited the scarcity of land and public transport upgrades as reasons for the cap.