Amid Britain's Brexit gloom, more money might cheer people up ... And some at least are getting it.
UK workers enjoyed their best average pay rise in over a decade in the three months to July.
Four per cent is the strongest year on year increase since 2008.
Unemployment - at 3.8 per cent - fell back to some of the lowest rates seen since 1975.
It's the second data surprise this week.
A 0.3 per cent rise in output in July also topped forecasts.
Job creation, though, was lower than forecast - and vacancies have fallen ... Hinting that companies - amid the economic contraction seen in Q2 - are nervous ahead of Brexit.
Still in a job for now is prime minister Boris Johnson ... Despite a string of defeats in parliament in recent days.
His forced closure or prorogration of parliament late on Monday (September 9) has pushed sterling off six-week highs ... As the UK enters another period of political - and economic - uncertainty.
Most economists in a new poll by Reuters say Brexit will be delayed again, beyond an October 31 deadline.
The chance of Britain leaving with no transitional deal is put at 35 per cent.