Sony Pictures Entertainment said it is looking for alternative platforms to release controversial film 'The Interview' after it was criticised by US President Barack Obama for 'caving in' to hackers and cancelling the release of movie.
A Centre for Retail Research report for Vouchercodes.co.uk found that delayed online orders, poor weather in some areas and earlier sales were expected to drive 60.9 million shoppers to the high street between today and Christmas Eve - up 14% on last year.
Britain's department stores can expect to double their takings this weekend, with outlets in the north of England set to benefit the most from Panic Saturday, according to data from payment processing company Worldpay.
It said the number of card payments processed by department stores in some parts of the UK just prior to Christmas rose by as much.
High street hops have cut prices for what is expected to one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Among the retailers offering discounts, Debenhams is selling some Christmas gifts at half-price, Boots is offering a 60% discount of selected fragrances, while Marks & Spencer has knocked 50% off the price of some beauty products.
The Centre for Retail Research (CRR) has predicted in-store sales will reach £4.74 billion over the five days before Christmas - a 21% increase on last year.
Police have managed to recapture a teenage inmate who they released in 'error.'
Jordan Francois, 18, was rearrested at 5.35am today in Edmonton, North London.
The Metropolitan Police had offered a £10,000 reward for information that would lead to the rearrest of the teenager who was "unlawfully at large" from Wandsworth Prison, where he was on remand for attempted murder.
High street spending is set to reach £1.2 billion today as festive shoppers hit the stores on "Panic Saturday".
Thirteen million consumers will spend £2.1 million for every minute the shops are open on last-minute gifts and groceries at an average of £92.31 per person, according to a report by the Centre for Retail Research (CRR).
Women will be hardest hit by George Osborne's austerity measures if the Conservatives win next May's general election, Labour has warned.
Analysis by the independent House of Commons Library, commissioned by the Opposition, showed that freezing benefits and tax credits will disproportionately affect women.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls said the figures showed women will "bear the brunt" of the Tory plans to tackle the deficit.
ITV's Text Santa appeal raised its highest ever total as viewers dug deep to donate more than £5.5 million.
The star-studded show saw Hollywood superstar George Clooney appear in a special version of Downton Abbey, former Spice Girl Mel B join the cast of Coronation Street and members of McBusted eat turkey testicles and fish eyes in a "bushtucker trial".
This year's appeal was raising cash for Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, WellChild, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer's Society and children's hospice support charity Together for Short Lives.
In four years of fundraising, Text Santa has now raised over £20.5 million.
The Government is pledging to tackle ageism in the workplace by offering fresh support to older jobseekers.
A scheme will be launched in April across the UK to give "intensive" work support to over-50s, including help to get online and links with smaller firms with vacancies.
Ministers said research showed that if the 1.2 million unemployed over-50s were supported into a job, it could add £50 billion to the economy.
A teenager held on suspicion of attempted murder is being sought by police after he was released from prison in error.
The Metropolitan Police offered a £10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Jordan Lee Francois.
The Prison Service said it would "formally investigate" the incident.
A Prison Service spokesman said: "Releases in error are a very rare but regrettable occurrence. The number of incidents have fallen significantly in recent years with figures down by a quarter compared to 2009/10 but every incident is taken extremely seriously and we are not complacent."
Scotland Yard said the 18-year-old was "unlawfully at large from prison" from Wandsworth Prison, where he was on remand for attempted murder.