Longest UK slump in a century ends

Of G7 only Italy taken longer than UK to reach pre-crisis size

Red, blue and orange tinted GDP data

Each party has own take on UK recovery

UK economy returns to pre-crisis level

Growth hits 0.8% in second quarter

UK tops IMF advanced economy forecasts

Prediction of 3.2% growth more optimistic than OBR figures

Retail sales show subdued growth

ONS figures reveal volumes have risen only 0.1%

The Bank of England

Mortgage woes set to hit 2.3m households

Number struggling to cover payments expected to double by 2018

Retail sales heat up with warmer weather

Grocers and clothing stores perform particularly well

Carney highlights interest rate rise risks

BoE governor concerned about impact on vulnerable households

Carney says UK rate rise drawing closer

BoE governor reiterates ‘gradual and limited’ approach

The Bank of England

UK rates ruling becoming ‘more balanced’

Minutes reveal extensive discussion about early rates rise

Confidence soars among UK industrialists

Manufacturers increasingly upbeat about economic recovery

Tech tycoons are not what countries need

Britain’s failure to create a behemoth says little about its ability to prosper

UK borrowing higher than expected

Bus funding cuts threaten engine of economy

Local transport spending under threat as MPs warn on vital service

Osborne warns on hit from Russia sanctions

Chancellor says UK must be prepared for short-term hit to ensure security

Miliband confronts activists on spending

No return to tax and spend policies, Labour leader tells forum

Pullinger keen to speak out on key issues

Top statistician ready to engage in public debate

We must innovate or die, says statistics chief

ONS told to strive harder for accuracy – or its number will be up

Carney leads push on ‘too big to fail’

EU-wide splits appear over bail-in proposals for G20 summit

UK economy still vulnerable, says Clarke

Tory veteran warns recovery not firmly rooted in manufacturing