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George Osborne told MPs "Britain's economic plan is working but the job is not done" as he opens his Autumn Statement.
The recession is over and the recovery is under way.
The roll-out of the Universal Credit benefit scheme will miss its deadline, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has admitted.
The movie and games rental chain Blockbuster is on course to be closed down by the end of the year with the loss of the remaining 1,200 jobs, it has been confirmed.
New car sales for this year are on course to reach around 2.25 million - the highest total since the pre-recession year of 2007.
Shares in Australian airline Qantas lost almost a fifth of their value after it issued a shock profits warning, flagging a half-year loss of up to A$300m (£165m).
Ron Dennis, the McLaren supremo, is in talks about financing a buyout of a fellow shareholder in the automotive group as a possible prelude to a return to the helm of its Formula One (F1) team.
Department store John Lewis has launched a search for a five-year-old girl who wrote a letter of apology after she broke a bauble.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) has confirmed it is planning to cut 1,100 jobs at the start of 2014 from three UK sites.
A pack of buyout firms is vying with Bertelsmann, the German media giant, for control of one of the UK's fastest-growing credit-checking agencies.