The CBI says half of businesses will take on more staff next year but a lack of skills could still hold back the economy.
Bigger pay rises may be on offer in the coming year, according to Martin Weale, a member of the Bank of England’s interest rate setting committee.
SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian court on Monday ordered bail revoked for the partner of a self-styled Sheikh who last week stormed a Sydney cafe at gunpoint, sparking a 16-hour hostage crisis that left three people dead, including the gunman.
Home improvements retailer Kingfisher agrees to sell a controlling stake in B&Q China to Wumei Holdings in a cash deal estimated to be worth £140m
Asian markets headed higher on Monday, although trading was thin at the start of a working week shortened by the Christmas break.
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – An Italian man evaded Vatican security for the fifth time to reach a high ledge on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica to protest against laws he says caused him to lose his business.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China issued rules requiring real-estate owners to register their holdings with authorities, a major step in the fight against official corruption that should make it harder for property speculators to evade regulations.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi declared victory in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote, seen as the last step in Tunisia’s shift to full democracy four years after an uprising ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China has said it opposes all forms of cyberattacks, but it stopped short of directly condemning the hacking of Sony Pictures, or of responding to U.S. calls for action against North Korea, blamed by Washington for the assault.