The bosses of Britain's 100 biggest listed companies are earning on average 143 times more than their staff, according to data that exposes the growing imbalance between how the nation's workforce and its business leaders are rewarded.
Britain's economy powered on in the second quarter, recording its strongest growth since before the financial crisis, but economists warned the pressure was on UK consumers and businesses to sustain the recovery amid the threat of a triple-dip recession in the eurozone.
Want to understand what's happening in the eurozone? Then think back a couple of years to the early years of the UK's coalition government.
The Bank of England signalled it is edging closer to a rise in interest rates but admitted it is in the dark about the true state of the British economy.
Britain's economy has recovered the losses caused by the financial crisis and surpassed its pre-recession peak in the second quarter of the year, by posting a growth rate of 0.8%.
The International Monetary Fund has raised its forecast for Britain's GDP growth rate for the second time this year, heaping further embarrassment on the Washington-based organisation following its warning in 2013 that George Osborne's austerity policies were "playing with fire" and could trigger a slump.
Bank of England policymakers are growing increasingly uneasy about the UK's record low interest rates – but signalled on Wednesday that the first rise will not come until real wages start to recover.
The coalition government borrowed more than expected in June, putting chancellor George Osborne further off course in his plan to reduce the deficit.
Britain will pass another milestone in its economic recovery this week, with official figures showing it has clawed back all theoutput lost since the 2008 financial crisis.
British businesses are calling on the Bank of England not to rush into an interest rate rise, warning that the recovery is not yet secure as a closely watched report on Tuesday shows a slowdown in exports.
Britain has slipped two places down Europe's league table of living standards falling to sixth after being overtaken by Austria and Germany, the European Union's statistical body said.
It says something about the enfeebled state of the British economy when the Treasury can take comfort from a forecast from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development that growth will be just 0.9% next year.