We start with more booming growth in the housing market, with prices posting their sharpest monthly increase in more than 14 years.
The average price of a home rose 1.7pc to £267,587 in September, which is the largest rise since February 2007. For the year, house prices are up 7.4pc.
The housing market has boomed since last summer, boosted by the stamp duty cut and demand for larger homes outside city centre.
While September marked the end of the stamp duty holiday, many of the factors supporting the market remain in place.
They include cheap borrowing, lack of supply, a robust jobs market and ongoing demand for larger properties amid the shift to home working.
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What happened overnight
Asian shares rallied on Thursday, taking heart from a late recovery on Wall Street after US politicans appeared near to a temporary deal to avert a federal debt default and as Russia reassured Europe on gas supplies, calming volatile markets.
Oil prices also dropped back from multi-year highs hit a day earlier, having been a major contributor to this week’s equities sell off, while US benchmark Treasury yields and major currencies steadied amid the calmer mood.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.25pc in early trade, regaining ground lost in recent days to be little changed on the week.
As oil prices came off on Thursday, there were gains in share benchmarks in Korea up 1.3pc, Australia up 0.64pc, and Hong Kong up 2pc.
Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.89pc, and US stock futures, the S&P 500 e-minis, gained 0.42pc.
Chinese markets remained closed for a holiday.
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