MORNING NEWS: Deals, diversity and disappointing December

Following news this week that Spelthorne Borough Council is nearing completion on deals to buy two £100m-plus properties in London, EG brings you figures on what the wider public sector is investing into real estate, and why.

EG also has details of Stenprop’s latest disposal, and you can catch-up on how UK property performed in December.

Or you can click here to find out what women want.

Elsewhere:

Ashley’s boardroom coup sees off Debenhams chairman and chief

Merry Christmas puts Tesco ahead of forecast

Brighton Pier takes dive before alert

M&S, Debenhams and John Lewis reveal disappointing sales

New rules on switching aim to help ‘mortgage prisoners’

Pub group proves its festive pull