The Chancellor all but met his budget deficit target in the last financial year, according to official figures showing an overshoot of £300m.
Shares in Carpetright slumped 10% on opening after it warned slowing sales growth had knocked its profit expectations.
Whitbread, the company behind Costa coffee and Premier Inn, has endured a 7% fall in its share price after warning of a "tougher consumer environment".
The UK should have a legal, digital-only cannabis market, according to a new report.
The beleaguered Co-operative Bank will this week pick new City advisers to negotiate a restructuring deal with its investors as hopes of an outright sale of the company diminish.
Five-a-side football business Goals Soccer Centre has confirmed it is in preliminary talks with rival Powerleague over a possible merger that could create a major international leisure player.
Former Barclays and Santander executive Stephen Jones has been named as the new voice of the UK banking sector as the still-embattled industry seeks to rebuild trust.
The US firm behind Johnstone's Paints has launched, what it says, is a final bid to bag Dutch rival Akzo Nobel.
The founder and former trustees of Kids Company face being banned from serving as company directors after the charity collapsed in 2015 amid allegations of serious financial mismanagement.
Big Six energy firms Centrica and SSE each suffered a shares sell-off after the Conservatives signalled energy caps would be in their election manifesto.