House prices rose slightly in December but failed to prevent annual growth sliding to a 13-month low, according to official figures. The Times

The average price of a UK house during the month was £219,591, up from £218,662 in November — a rise of 0.4%, the Department for Communities and Local Government said. However, annual house price inflation dipped to 9.1% in December, its lowest level since November 2006, and down from 9.7% in the previous month.