Chancellor Alistair Darling leaves Parliament after attending Prime Minister's Questions on October 8, 2008 in London.
Gallon of gas: $8.09
Interest Rates: 3%
Both the Prime Minister and the Treasury chief say the British economy is likely in a recession. The pound is at a 6-year low against the dollar, and retail sales are down for first time in nearly 4 years. A $63 billion bailout for the banking sector offers some relief.
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