Detached homes make a comeback in the UK

Demographic changes and economic optimism drive changes

Mortgage approvals rise after 6-month lull

Changes to stamp duty and signs of pay pick-up expected to lift lending

Retail spending up as confidence returns

Consumer barometer jumps to highest level since summer

High earners feel pinch as pay gap narrows

Study suggests wage squeeze more acute at top than bottom

Carney urges common eurozone policies

BoE governor criticises progress on joint taxation and spending

Osborne claims high ground as GDP rises

Blairites demand Miliband defend Labour’s record

UK still one of fastest growing economies

Third behind US and Canada in global growth league table

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London regeneration plans clear hurdle

Eric Pickles approves creation of corporation to develop site

Green party leader Natalie Bennett
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Greens propose shake-up of City of London

Banking system ‘no longer fit for purpose’, party says

UK growth slows to 0.5% in fourth quarter

Annual figure of 2.6% is best since financial crisis

Coalition attacked on regional disparity

Study highlights failure to help long-term unemployed into work

London faces surfeit of expensive new homes

More than a decade’s supply being built for developers

Tories seize on Syriza win to defend cuts

Cameron and Osborne urge voters to adopt safety-first approach

From factory worker to jewellery maker

Einar Parker sells bespoke designs to Vietnam and US

Productivity data worries for UK economy

Numbers show struggle to raise efficiency since financial crisis

UK becomes nation of second-job grafters

Falling real incomes explain wave of industriousness

Osborne warns against post-poll spending

Failure to back austerity would ruin recovery, says chancellor

Taxman faces 3m flood of last-minute filings

HMRC ill-equipped to deal with deadline, say accountants

Give middle classes fair share of pie

Those who work in the real economy should be paid more

Unexpected rise in UK retail sales

December figures point to fastest quarterly growth for 12 years as shoppers take to the high street