Chancellor abolishes Stamp Duty for all first time buyer purchases up to £300,000 as part of housing reforms.
Political developments spark another intraday rally keeping the British currency firmly in positive territory.
Boost for housing sector, driverless cars and 5G technology are all expected to feature in Hammond's speech.
Collapse of coalition talks in Eurozone's biggest economy weighs on the euro ahead of next round of Brexit talks.
Oil and gas, retail and restaurants show greatest sign of downgrades, report notes.
Spending through November and December in the UK is set to fall 0.1% compared to a year earlier, a report from Visa and IHS Markit says.
Former president of Italy's National Olympic Committee says the Azzurri's absence at next summer's event would be keenly felt in many parts of the Italian society.
Poll suggests Modi is more popular than ever, with seven out of 10 Indians saying they hold a "very favourable" view of the prime minister.
Barclays predicts adoption of new technologies like AI would lead to the creation of 101,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector over the next decade.
German industrial conglomerate says it's moving focus away from fossil fuels division.
UK retail sales fall 0.3% year-on-year in October, recording the first decline since 2013 as weakness lingers on.
BoE Governor insists Brexit has turned Britain's economy from one of the best into one of the worst in the G7.
Low rise in labour productivity suggests the Italian economy's catch-up is likely to take a long time.
Scottish government had put proposals forward five years but has faced a lengthy legal challenge ever since.
Think tank says annual cost of raising public sector pay in line with consumer price inflation would be £3.3bn by 2019/20.