Domestic mergers and acquisitions have reached the lowest level since 1969 according to data from Britain’s Office for National Statistics released today.

There were 26 acquisitions by UK companies in the first quarter of 2014 acquiring other companies in the first three months of the year, with a combined value of £0.7 billion.

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Top bankers examined for the Financial Times’ annual research of bank chief executive pay have been rewarded more generously in 2013, making good for a drop in the previous year and bringing pay back above 2011 levels.

Average chief executive pay at 15 leading US and European banks increased 10.1 per cent last year to $13m, according to data compiled exclusively for the FT by Equilar, the executive pay research firm.

Explore the bank chief executives and their pay in this interactive graphic.

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The Office for National Statistics has, for the first time, included estimates of the impact of prostitution and illegal drugs in the national accounts. By the ONS’ reckoning they add about £10bn to the British economy.

Estimates of anything to do with the black economy are always going to be uncertain at best, but the statistics available are pretty interesting. Read more

Racial prejudice is growing in Britain, at least according to the headline on the front of the Guardian newspaper this morning. The paper describes a “Rising tide of race prejudice across Britain” based on new data from the British Social Attitudes Survey.

The BSA asked respondents whether they’d describe themselves as prejudiced against people of other races. The Guardian aggregated those who said they were very prejudiced and those who said they had a little prejudice.

It is true that this proportion has risen recently, from 27 per cent in 2012 to 32 per cent in 2013, but the long term trend is decline.

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The full regional breakdown of results and turnout in Ukraine’s presidential election is shown in the interactive graphic above, including figures for individual stations within Donetsk and Lugansk. Read more