Despite warnings that uncertainty over Brexit would hit the economy, gross domestic product increased 0.5 per cent in the quarter to the end of September. That was down on the second quarter's 0.7 per cent growth but better than analyst expectations - the best of which was for 0.4 per cent growth.
If someone offers you £112.50 for £50 then you should take it, says SIMON LAMBERT, and that's the good news about pension saving
If letters from people's work pensions told them they could get more than £100 for just £50 of their own cash, would they be more likely to take up what's on offer? Among all the bad news on the pensions savings crisis, there is some good news to be told, such as the story of the 28-year-old on track for retirement we featured this week - and the free money on offer.
The engineering firm, which is focused in the oil and gas industry, said an extra £100m of cost cuts are to be made as it became the latest in its sector to warn on profits. Since June it has been working to cut costs by shedding jobs, closing offices and outsourcing back office work, but it said more needs to be done to offset the challenges in the market.
Do ya think it's sexy? Rod Stewart's old Lamborghini Miura worth £900,000 up for auction, with support from U2 star Adam Clayton's Maserati
If you're interested in classic cars with a rock and roll past, these two hugely collectible vehicles have previous owners boasting a mass of number one hits and sell-out tours. The 1971 Lamborghini Miura, top was once owned by Rod Stewart, top right, while the 1972 Maserati Ghibli, bottom, was owned by Adam Clayton, bottom right.
Would a world without work be a utopia or a nightmare? An expert explains how the end of jobs is near
A world without work sounds like the stuff of dreams, but it's drawing ever closer. So will it mark a time of relaxation and prioritising family or could it lead to social upheaval and unrest? In this episode of the Big Money Questions, senior editor and economics columnist at The Economist Ryan Avent talks presenter Rachel Rickard Straus through what this new reality could hold and how we can smooth the ride.
Six tricks you need to know to cut your fuel bill: Follow these simple tips and you could save your household hundreds every year
With the weather turning and the central heating going back on, now is the time to get your energy bills in order. Unfortunately, a series of new rules introduced by the Competition Watchdog in the summer means it's harder than ever to stop the power giants ripping you off. We reveal the traps energy giants have set - and how to avoid them.
Why we all should worry about Italy's stricken banking system: Savers who saw their euros go up in smoke and why the nation fears bank bail-ins
The banking crisis is affecting all sections of Italian society, not just those who have directly lost money. It is chilling to see middle class bank customers in Italy being so brutally stripped of their savings - those in Italy lured into bank bonds suffered this. Ruth Sunderland travels to Tuscany to meet ordinary savers are protesting and explain why bank bail-in rules threaten Italy's banks and the eurozone.
'I'm 28 and I AM saving enough for retirement': Despite all the bad news you can beat the pensions crisis
Toni Leigh Hall is 28 and bucks the trend for people of her age. The young worker, who was made up to look age 65 for a pensions campaign, pictured, started to save two years ago and if she keeps it up, she is on track to have a reasonable income when she retires. We look at what can happen when you do start early.
After three months, my father noticed a thick, black line on the screen. Also, a huge amount of heat was given out by the TV. It was collected by Currys, but later returned as it said it was damaged and the warranty did not cover damage. We disagreed and sent it back, but this time there was obvious substantial damage to the screen. I have tried my parents' insurance company and the credit card cover, all to no avail.
Investing Show: As returns bounce back but the pound falls, is now a good time to buy emerging markets?
Emerging markets have bounced back, as sentiment has switched from pessimism to optimism. The pound's fall will flatter earnings from such overseas investments, but at the same time it has made buying into them more expensive. So which emerging markets offer the best opportunities and what should UK investors do in light of sterling's fall?
Discount deals advertised by A-lister Kate Hudson have a sting in the tail ... Why a £55 gym outfit could set you back £400
When Kate Woodward spotted a designer gym outfit online with 50% off, she couldn't believe her luck. But she later realised the company, Fabletics, had taken £44 from her bank account every month without fail - or £396 in total. Like dozens of shoppers, Kate had unwittingly used a so-called subscription shopping website. These companies, common in the U.S., lure you with a cheap deal - then bill you every month for being a member of their club.
Homeowners could see the values of their homes plummet by as 20 per cent or more amid an increase in noise and air pollution, experts have warned. Some will have to sell their homes through compulsory purchase orders and others will have the opportunity to do so - at the price they would have got before the runway was approved.
Conventional wisdom is that the old City of London came to an end 30 years ago today when the ancient rules of 'my word is my bond' and traditional structures were swept into the Thames by a bout of radical Thatcherism. Thatcherite reforms enabled London to challenge New York as a global financial centre, leaving Frankfurt, Paris and Tokyo trailing far behind. Big Bang led to a cultural metamorphosis that will not easily be erased, however hard Continental rivals may try.
Spain's Santander bemoans Brexit as UK earnings slow, but Metro Bank powers ahead and posts its first profit
Santander UK saw its third quarter pretax profits fall to £477m, down from £496m at the same stage last year. But Metro Bank posted a third quarter profit of £600,000 after a £3.4m loss in the second quarter. Santander said it was bracing itself for worse to come as Britain's decision to leave the European Union has resulted in economic uncertainty and market volatility.
We retired to Greece but want to move back home because I suffered a stroke. Can the bank really stop us bringing £100k savings back?
When Mr and Mrs R moved to Greece in September 2006, like thousands of Britons they were looking forward to retirement in the sun. What they couldn't have foreseen is the huge financial earthquake which escalated a year later, the aftershocks hitting Greece harder than most other countries across the world.
Former Pensions Minister Steve Webb is This Is Money's Agony Uncle. He is ready to answer your questions, whether you are still saving, in the process of stopping work, or juggling your finances in retirement. This week, he replies to a reader who wants to know if her ex will get half her pension in the divorce settlement.
Fixed bond bloodbath: Savers locking up their cash for five years get a worse rate than the top one-year deal on offer just 10 months ago
Savers looking for the stability of a fixed-rate account over the long term are facing pitiful returns as rates have plummeted throughout 2016. At present, the best buy five year fixed-rate savings deal in the independent This is Money savings table pays just 1.95 per cent. In January 2016, after a brief flutter of competition among new providers, savers would have been able to beat this rate - with a 12-month fix.
Low rates and rising inflation mean more misery for savers: Here's what the Chancellor must do to end this injustice
With a rate hike ruled out for the foreseeable future, the Government MUST now act to protect savers. The Mail on Sunday proposes a three-point cash savers' 'rescue' plan that Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, should implement when he stands up in the House of Commons and delivers his inaugural Autumn Statement on November 23. It's not radical, it would not be costly to put in place BUT it would make cash savers feel a little more loved than they currently are.
'It took a burglar just THREE MINUTES to break into my house': TOBY WALNE invites a (reformed) thief to break in to test his security - and share tips to improve it
Toby Walne thought his home security robust. But reformed burglar Michael Fraser exposes its weaknesses - included a dusty keyhole, calendar by the window and labelled keys. Michael, who fronts TV show Beat The Burglar, shares his tips to keep your home safe this winter - and reveals the items burglars will be looking for.
Should you buy a school conversion? As pupil numbers fall, small boarding schools go up for sale - and may make a fine home
Today, with pupil numbers falling by 5 per cent since 2008, it is small boarding schools outside the south-east that are up for sale. Among closures is Chilton Cantelo School, 30 miles from Rossholme. La Sagesse, a former Roman Catholic school in the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond, which closed in 2009, is now home to 48 houses and flats by David Wilson Homes.
A home for real long-term investors: Former fund industry boss unveils his People's Trust that aims for 7% a year return
It may be a simple concept, but genuine long-term investing funds can prove tough to find. But now in response to what he sees as a lack of opportunity for long-term investors, former fund industry boss Daniel Godfrey has ambitious plans to launch a low cost, long-term mutual fund called the People's Trust.
Five things you need to know about the new BMW 5 Series - and why it will set the direction for executive saloons
BMW has found itself in the unusual position of playing catch up when it comes to executive class saloons. But now it has revealed the new 5 series and the lighter, faster car that can almost drive itself is likely to set down a new benchmark for rivals including Jaguar, Mercedes and Audi. We look at why.
50 ways to save money: Simple steps to cut what you spend that could clear your debts or seriously boost your savings
To clear the average national household debt of ?13,000 at 6% interest with a monthly repayment of ?100 will take around 17 years. There are, however, plenty of simple ways to make significant savings on your regular spending that could clear your debt - or boost your savings - in less than a year. This is Money's top 50 - updated - money-saving tips may appear light-hearted but are deadly serious.
Confused about 'hard' and 'soft' Brexit, the Norway model and the Swiss solution? This handy table explains the options for the UK's exit from the EU
Despite endless media coverage of the political wrangling and financial speculation, the average Briton can be forgiven for remaining confused about what 'soft' and 'hard' Brexit really mean. About the difference between the 'Norway model' for the UK's post-Brexit relationship with the UK and the 'Swiss solution'. But a clever table put together by HSBC in a report called 'Is Brexit Getting Harder?' cleaves some clarity from the murk.
Several months after the Bank of England slashed the base rate to 0.25 per cent and lenders are still cutting mortgage rates on almost a weekly basis - but how low can they really go? The experts say not a lot lower and it's likely that if you get a mortgage at the moment, it's going to be a pretty cracking deal.
For many buy-to-let looks an attractive income investment in a time of low rates and stock market volatility. Climbing house prices, rising rents and improving mortgage deals are tempting investors - although they will need a big deposit. Read This is Money's top ten buy-to-let tips
Best paid jobs 2015: Compare your salary to the national average in this league table of 350 professions - and see the year's winners and losers
Musicians have seen pay rises averaging nearly 20 per cent in 2015, while cleaners are getting 17.8 per cent more, and window cleaners 12.3 per cent. Artists in general are earning 14.6 per cent more in 2015 than 2014, according to the huge annual data dump of pay scales by the Office For National Statistics highlights.
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