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The Royal Mint yesterday revealed details of a special commemorative coin to mark the occasion of Prince William and Kate Middleton's engagement - the design of which has attracted some criticism concerning the accurate representation of the young couple.

Shopping records look likely to be smashed today, despite the travel disruption caused by the snow.

Government borrowing soared to a record high in November, stoking fears that Chancellor George Osborne may not be able to meet the budget targets for the current financial year.