One of the City's biggest employers is demonstrating its confidence in London's post-Brexit future as a financial centre with a 25-year deal for a new UK headquarters.
Almost 500 jobs are to go through the closure of 158 bank branches - the majority of them under the NatWest brand.
Hundreds more high street jobs could disappear within days amid growing doubts about a rescue deal for the Jones Bootmaker chain.
UK exporters are enjoying a "sweet spot" as they benefit from the "post-referendum but pre-Brexit" period - but it is unlikely to last, a deputy governor of the Bank of England said.
Retail sales have been suffering their worst slump in nearly seven years as inflation bites - despite a partial bounce-back last month.
Major US firms have pulled advertising from Google's YouTube platform as the internet giant faces widening pressure over hate videos.
People aged 30 and under face working until the age of 70 before they can draw a state pension under projections drawn up by a Government review.
Next has reported its first fall in annual pre-tax profits in eight years and warned of another tough year to come.
"Our young people are essential to our success."
The prospect of the EU demanding tens of billions of pounds from the UK in return for a Brexit deal has been raised by the bloc's chief negotiator.