US job fears wipe 25bn off FTSE as stock markets across the world reel from grim outlook

US job fears wipe 25bn off FTSE as stock markets across the world reel from grim outlookThe number of Americans in work rose less than expected Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic slammed into reverse By Hugo Duncan PUBLISHED: 01:17 GMT, 6 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:17 GMT, 6 April 2013 Nearly 25billion was wiped off the value of Britain’s top companies yesterday as bleak jobs news in the US sent stock markets tumbling. The number of Americans in work rose by 88,000 in March – well below the 200,000 expected by analysts

UK 2013: 4,000 queue in the hope of getting a job at a new shopping centre

UK 2013: 4,000 queue in the hope of getting a job at a new shopping centre Queues formed two hours before the jobs fair opened its doorsJob seekers had to park a mile away because so many people were therePositions were sought at new 84million shopping centre with 56 shops By Lucy Osborne PUBLISHED: 13:06 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 01:39 GMT, 29 March 2013 Some wore smart suits, others were dressed down in jeans.

What economic crisis? Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill)

What economic crisis Wedding bill rises to 22,000 (and bank of mum and dad foots much of the bill) Average cost has risen by more than 7,000 in a decade Number of guests has fallen by seven per cent from 101 to 94More than half of couples admit they share cost of big day with parents By John Stevens PUBLISHED: 23:26 GMT, 27 March 2013 | UPDATED: 00:13 GMT, 28 March 2013 Counting the cost: The average wedding bill is now almost 22,000 (file photo) Any groom will know that there are some things you just don’t mention to a stressed-out bride.

British Gas owners face backlash after reports suggest they will announce 15% surge in profits

British Gas owners face backlash after reports suggest they will announce 15% surge in profits Parent company Centrica is about to announce profits of 2.8billionThey are also under fire over payments worth more than 10million made to departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley The PM announced gas firms will have to simplify tariffs for customers . Profit bonanza: The parent company of British Gas faces a backlash amid reports it is to announce a 15 per cent increase in profits on the back of spiralling bills for struggling customers The company is also under fire over payments to the departing British Gas boss, Phil Bentley, who is predicted to walk away with a package of pay, shares and a pension pot together worth more than 10million.

Cameron"s deficit boast is misleading, says senior Tory John Redwood as he calls for new cuts to boost economy

Cameron's deficit boast is misleading, says senior Tory as he calls for new cuts to boost economy John Redwood says national debt is still rising fastPrime Minister is in danger of 'misleading' the publicDeeper cuts to both taxes and spending needed, he argues By Jason Groves PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 | UPDATED: 01:59 GMT, 1 January 2013 John Redwood says David Cameron is misleading the country by claiming to have slashed the deficit David Cameron is ‘misleading’ the public by bragging about having slashed the nation’s budget deficit, a former Conservative Cabinet minister said yesterday. John Redwood said the boast – repeated in the PM’s New Year message – risked fooling people into thinking that the nation’s debt was coming under control at a time when borrowing is still running at more than 100billion a year, because many voters did not know the difference between the debt and the deficit.

Australia"s sex, drugs and rock "n" roll boom! How a strong economy Down Under has led to ilicit sidelines

Australia's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll boom! How a strong economy Down Under has led to illicit sidelines Average yearly wage in Australia has hit 47,000Heroin and ecstasy sell for eight times more than in Britain and the U.S.

Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jams

Police to put up huge fences at scenes of motorway crashes to stop rubberneckers causing traffic jamsGovernment purchased 3,000 screens measuring two metres in heightScreens cost 2.3 million and form part of DfT's CLEAR initiativeScheme aims to improve accident clear-up times750 million cost to economy due to traffic incidents in England every year | UPDATED: 21:47 GMT, 27 December 2012 Drivers who peer across motorway lanes to observe the aftermath of crashes are to be thwarted in a bid to prevent traffic jams.

Britain passes Brazil in global economic league table… but it won"t last for long!

Britain passes Brazil in global economic league table… but it won't last for long! Britain moves into sixth place and is likely to overtake France next yearBut UK is set to be overhauled in next decade by both India and RussiaTable by City forecaster the Centre for Economics and Business Research | UPDATED: 11:08 GMT, 26 December 2012 Britain has leapfrogged Brazil in the global economic league tables, regaining the sixth place lost to the South American country this time last year. The UK is also breathing down France’s neck, with our economy likely to overtake that of our nearest neighbours some time in 2013

One in ten elderly forced to sell or downsize their home to make ends meet

One in ten elderly forced to sell or downsize their home to make ends meetStaggering amount of people forced to sell their property to make ends meetBritons are also pushing back the age they expect to retire PUBLISHED: 23:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 | UPDATED: 23:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 One in ten pensioners in Britain has sold or downsized their home to help make ends meet, according to research. Cash-strapped Britons are reassessing their retirement plans because of the state of the economy, according to a survey of 1,000 adults in 12 European countries, which found that more people in this country are planning to use their property to fund their pension than in most other European nations. They are also reconsidering the age at which they will stop working, with an average delay of five years

New crisis for the Euro as Italian PM Mario Monti quits after his budget is approved

New crisis for the Euro as Italian PM Mario Monti quits after his budget is approvedThe Italian Prime Minister stepped down after the country's parliament approved his budgetHis decision to quit raises the prospect that Silvio Berlusconi could once again become Italy's leader | UPDATED: 20:16 GMT, 21 December 2012 Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti resigned tonight, in another potential crisis for the Euro. He stepped down after the Italian parliament approved his budget. The widely-respected economist is credited for steadying the Italian economy following the premiership of Silvio Berlusconi