Research for British Heart Foundation says cigarette breaks cost employers £1,815 a year for each full-time worker who smokes
Hopes that the recovery kept up momentum at the close of last year will be boosted by a report suggesting businesses are enjoying their strongest growth since before the financial crisis.
Manufacturing will grow faster than the overall UK economy next year but much-needed business from overseas markets is looking shakier, according to an industry report published on Monday.
Britain's business lobby group will set out its "unequivocal" support for Britain staying in the European Union on Monday, claiming that membership brings each household some £3,000 a year.
Britain's recovery will accelerate over the coming months and into the new year after a strong rise in business confidence, according to two surveys of company bosses.
If the UK economy were a horse it would be gearing up to race in the Derby. When all the economic surveys display the kind of vigour and confidence associated with a champion racer, it is no wonder so many traders in the City of London are putting bets on soaring GDP growth.
The best part of Ed Miliband's new energy policy is the plan to abolish Ofgem.
Sir Richard Lambert, the former Financial Times editor and ex-director general of the Confederation of British Industry, is to chair a new professional body aimed at raising standards in the scandal-hit banking industry.
The Bank of England is expected to signal this week that interest rates will remain low for several years to spur the economy, despite growing evidence that the recovery is gathering pace.
Britain is starting to see green shoots of recovery as business activity picks up, companies continue to hire new staff and consumers start to spend again.