The National Housing Federation says its rural housing waiting lists have increased by 66% in the five most popular second-home areas in the south west. The federation says it is desperate for legislation to stop outsiders from buying ex-council houses.
Retailer Marks and Spencer will announce a dramatic drop in profits today. An advertising onslaught, featuring Twiggy and Take That, will soon dominate our televisions, but the retail giant fears a grim Christmas.
A rainforest tree fungus is being tested by American scientists for use as a biofuel. The fungus does not need to be converted into sugar, seemingly manufacturing its own biofuel from cellulose. The scientists say they are “excited”.