UK retail sales have now been growing for a full year, with the annual pace of quantities sold standing at 2.4 per cent in August, according to the ONS.
Virgin Trains East Coast upgrades are initially available on some weekday services from London King's Cross to Edinburgh, Leeds, Newcastle and York.
The OECD said Britain's labour market remained robust, but weak productivity and real wage growth persisted. Photograph: David Davies/PA.
The QE2, which was launched 50 years ago, was a British "style icon" that became one of the most famous liners in the world - but it also marked the end of generations of large passenger ships being produced on the Clyde.
Wetherspoons has reduced the price of every item on its menu across all 900 branches today - in a war on tax. The UK's biggest pub chain has cut all food and drink by 7.5% for 24-hours, in a protest against the 'unfair' charges that pub goers face.