Spending on public services in the UK is coming under increased pressure, with budgets facing a possible further squeeze from next year.
Welsh families, businesses and politicians have been counting the cost of today's Budget, as they look to balance their own books.
A new task group will meet for the first time today to try and stop the decline of Cardiff Airport.
4 billion pounds is spent by the public sector in Wales annually and the Welsh Government says 25 million could be saved with a new service.
It hopes the National Procurement Service for Wales will also open the gate for more Welsh firms to bid for contracts.
House prices jumped once again last month as increasing interest from would-be buyers dwarfed the amount of properties coming onto the market, says October’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey.
It says the proportion of chartered surveyors reporting price rises increased again last month, with the balance of respondents reporting rises jumped to 25 percent.
The report says it's the highest reading since June 2004 and that it demonstrates the impact that the gap between the number of sellers and buyers is having on the market.
Businesses across Wales have welcomed the growth in the economy. It grew at 0.8 per cent between June and September - that's the highest growth for 3 years and 3 consecutive quarters of positive figures. But Wales is not performing as strongly as other areas of the UK.
Businesses across Wales will find out today if the UK economy's really on the road to recovery.
There've been a few encouraging signs recently with Welsh unemployment down and house prices rising.
Today's GDP figures could confirm the upturn.
Small businesses across Wales are feeling more confident, with plans to invest more in the coming year - according to the organisation representing them.
But with fewer of us shopping on the high street and businesses finding it difficult to get the loans that they need to invest, Megan Boot has been finding out if this confidence is built to last.
Some of Wales' biggest companies and employers are meeting with the Welsh Secretary and Government representatives. It's part of a drive to boost business, particularly abroad, as our Business Correspondent Carole Green reports.
Business leaders from some of Wales' largest businesses - including the boss of Toyota on Deeside, which employs around 600 people - are meeting the Welsh Secretary today to discuss the state of the economy.
It's an opportunity for them to discuss what they're doing to help workers, boost business and drive up jobs in Wales.
Up to 200 jobs could be created in Merthyr Tydfil by mobile phone network EE. The company is already one of the biggest employers in the town. There'll be a mixture of full time and part time jobs in customer services and sales.
The cost of Welsh farmland rose to £7,250 per acre across the country in the first six months of 2013, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
The latest RICS Rural Land Market Survey found that the growth was driven by the ongoing surge in demand from both farmers and investors.
Ben Collins, RICS Wales director, said: "The growth in farmland prices in recent times has been nothing short of staggering. In less than 10 years we've seen the cost of a square acre of farmland grown to such an extent that investors - not just farmers - are entering the market.
"And, if commodity prices continue to increase and keep demand high, we could see this trend continuing, with cost per acre going through the £10,000 barrier within the next two to three years."
David Powell, of Powells, Monmouth, said: "There is continued demand for good, well located blocks of good land close to farming base of purchasers. Good grazing/mowing land and arable land selling well and at premium values where local demand is strong."
High streets across Wales saw more shoppers in July than a year ago - they were up by almost one per cent. This is the fourth month since the start of the year to report positive footfall growth.
The number of empty shops is also going down - the vacancy rate for the year to April dropped two per cent to 15.9 per cent. The national town centre vacancy rate in the UK is 11.1%
John Munro, of the Welsh Retail Consortium said: "It's encouraging to see that the number of vacant shops in Welsh town centres has edged down from the record high of the previous quarter.
"The rate is still well above the UK average, but it's moving in the right direction and suggests that recent upward shifts in consumer confidence and the general economic outlook are starting to filter through to our high streets."