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Record surplus delivers pre-Brexit boost for Hammond

The surplus of £14.9bn - meaning the Treasury received more money than it spent - was £5.6bn greater than the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Centrica: British Gas owner’s shares plunge after price cap warning

The FTSE 100-listed group was down 12% after it also revealed that it had shed 742,000 UK customer accounts last year in a "highly competitive" market

Standard Chartered takes $900m charge for UK and US fines

The Asia-focused bank, based in London, said the sum covered "potential penalties" over issues ranging from sanctions-breaching to foreign exchange trading

Barclays sets aside £150m to cover UK ‘economic uncertainty’

The disclosure in the bank's financial results comes weeks before a possible no-deal Brexit and adds to warnings about the potential fall-out for the economy from other lenders

Laura Ashley in the red as demand for furniture and curtains...

It also warned that given "continued market turbulence" it now expected full-year results to fall short of expectations

Lloyds reports higher profits but sees Brexit uncertainty ahead

The lender also put aside a further £200m to deal with the ongoing issue of Payment Protection Issue (PPI) mis-selling claims

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal in jeopardy over price and quality concerns

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the deal could lead to higher prices and lower quality and that it would be "difficult" for the companies to resolve them so that it can go ahead

Vegan sausage roll furore helps Greggs bring home the bacon

Shares rose 7% after Greggs said publicity surrounding the launch had helped drive more customers through its doors - prompting it to lift its annual profit outlook

Real wage growth climbs to two-year high

Regular wages - excluding bonuses - climbed by 3.4% compared with the previous year in the three months to December, the highest level since 2008

Clark: Honda closure shows urgent need for Brexit deal

Honda said the announcement was not driven by Brexit, instead blaming "unprecedented changes in the global automotive industry", in particular the shift to electric vehicles