Virgin Trains East Coast upgrades are initially available on some weekday services from London King's Cross to Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle and York.
Retail sales for August smashed expectations, growing well above the consensus forecast of 0.2pc, and providing a boost for the pound.
The OECD said Britain's labour market remained robust, but weak productivity and real wage growth persisted. Photograph: David Davies/PA.
Ryanair passengers remain furious at the airline despite the publication of a full list of cancellations as holidaymakers have found themselves stranded and their travel plans ruined at the last minute.
Kingfisher, the UK do-it-yourself specialist, said the transformation of its business was on track on Wednesday but remained cautious for outlook in Britain and France.