Retail sales volumes took a surprise dip last month to achieve their longest losing streak on record, according to official figures released as a measure of consumer confidence showed a slump to levels last seen in February.
More than 100 Conservative MPs have made a fresh plea to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to do more to support pubs and clubs at next week's budget.
Green bonds offering savers the chance to back the government's environmental projects are going on sale - but experts think the "paltry" returns on offer will see demand wilt.
Inflation could top 5% in the months ahead, the Bank of England's new chief economist has warned.
One of the most hotly debated topics at the COP26 climate conference will be climate finance - essentially, how we distribute the costs of climate change.
Britain is to phase out a tax on revenues made by the likes of Facebook, Google and Amazon - which was expected to have raised billions - after global reforms were agreed.
The maker of a host of well known consumer brands has revealed a big lift in prices and warned of worse to come as it battles "unprecedented cost inflation" around the world.
It is tempting to speculate that, if asked what they wanted from Rishi Sunak's budget next week, the typical business leader would request nothing more than a repeal of the chancellor's most recent business-unfriendly measures.
The boss of one of the UK's largest household energy firms has demanded urgent changes to the price cap shielding consumers from huge price rises, telling Sky News the industry is bearing a £5bn bill and "at least 20" more suppliers face bankruptcy as a result.
The slim survival hopes of Britain’s smaller energy companies faded further on Thursday after the business that supplies gas to them warned that they could not retain contracts insulating them from soaring wholesale gas prices.