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    1. August 28, 2015

      GDP data reveal surprising lift in UK trade figures

      Net trade made an unexpectedly big contribution to UK economic growth in the second quarter, confounding survey data...

    2. August 27, 2015

      David Cameron’s net migration target is a damaging sideshow

      Every three months new immigration statistics remind David Cameron of the most fraught issue in his in-tray. Britons...

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    1. August 27, 2015

      Net immigration to UK hits record high of 330,000

      A rise in the number of foreign nationals seeking work in Britain has pushed net migration to an all-time record of...

    2. August 26, 2015

      Bankers’ bonuses in biggest drop for a decade

      UK bankers’ bonuses have fallen to their lowest proportion of total pay in a decade, but the rest of the country’s...

    3. August 21, 2015

      Public finance data boost Osborne’s plan to reduce deficit

      George Osborne received further evidence of improving public finances on Friday as official figures showed the lowest...

    4. The Exchange

      August 20, 2015

      UK needs a statistical strategy to catch up with digital disruption

      High quality official statistics are vital to the functioning of the state — as the etymology of the word suggests —...

    5. August 18, 2015

      UK inflation edges up slightly in July

      With the main measure of inflation rising only slightly in July, UK prices have been all but flat for six months giving...

    6. August 17, 2015

      ONS still counting cost of leaving London for Newport

      The Newport headquarters of the Office for National Statistics is a nondescript office block in a windy industrial park...

    7. August 7, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — Rental growth

      What does this show? New data from the Office for National Statistics show that the cost of renting in the capital has...

    8. August 7, 2015

      UK trade deficit shrinks to 4-year low

      The UK’s trade deficit shrank to its smallest level in four years in the second quarter of 2015, the Office for...

    9. August 5, 2015

      Lies, damned lies and a better path for statistics

      Economists are a disputatious bunch, but on the UK’s Office for National Statistics they speak with one voice. Sir...

    10. August 5, 2015

      Free Lunch: Handle with care

      From damned lies to known unknowns The FT's interview with Charlie Bean today (in two parts, here and here) is a good...

    11. August 5, 2015

      Lies, damned lies — and the statistical needs of users

      In the 1970s, says Sir Charlie Bean, the UK was “probably the world leader in statistics”. As he prepares to tackle the...

    12. August 5, 2015

      UK’s official statistics out of date, says Bean

      Sir Charlie Bean, former deputy governor of the Bank of England, will on Wednesday put the nation’s number crunchers on...

    13. July 31, 2015

      Scotland hits snag in funding model for infrastructure projects

      Scotland’s efforts to use a different model to fund infrastructure development suffered a setback after the independent...

    14. July 31, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — young people’s debt

      What does this show? Average financial debt — excluding mortgages — has shot up sharply among young people. Back in...

    15. July 31, 2015

      UK property rents rise at fastest rate in 2 years

      The cost of renting a home is rising at the fastest rate for more than two years as Britain’s chronic housebuilding...

    16. July 28, 2015

      UK GDP grows 0.7% in second quarter

      Britain’s recovery has passed a major milestone with gross domestic product per head returning to its pre-downturn peak...

    17. July 16, 2015

      Online crime drives 9% rise in UK fraud

      Cases of fraud committed in England and Wales rose 9 per cent during the past year driven by a surge related to online...

    18. July 15, 2015

      Rise in both wages and unemployment puzzles economists

      Unemployment has edged up in the UK for the first time in two years but workers’ wages are rising at a healthy clip, in...

    19. July 10, 2015

      George Osborne battles ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’

      Not content with delivering the most radical Budget in years, George Osborne capped his big week with a plan to consign...

    20. July 10, 2015

      UK construction industry contracts sharply in May

      The construction industry contracted sharply in May, raising fears the economy has entered a rough patch. The Office...

    21. July 7, 2015

      UK manufacturing faces ‘lost decade’ as sterling weighs on sector

      UK manufacturing’s miserable start to the year shows little sign of ending, highlighting the chancellor’s lack of...

    22. July 3, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — retirement saving

      What does this show? The chart illustrates a survey from the Office for National Statistics that asked people to rate...

    23. July 3, 2015

      Since you asked: There is nothing wrong with benefiting from benefits

      ‘Half of households receive more in benefits than they pay in taxes’ The Daily Telegraph, June 29 What a sad indictment...

    24. July 2, 2015

      Survey data fuel optimism in UK construction sector

      UK construction firms have started the summer in a bullish mood, with activity and optimism on the rise. The...

    25. June 30, 2015

      UK set to be fastest-growing G7 economy

      The UK economy grew faster at the start of the year than previously thought, but output per person still remained...

    26. June 26, 2015

      Is power swinging back to the people?

      Earlier this month, Bristol’s mayor, George Ferguson, pushed through the sale of the freehold of the city’s 2,100-acre...

    27. June 25, 2015

      Migrants push UK population to record high of 64.6m

      Increasing net migration levels have helped to boost the UK population to a record high of 64.6m, up by almost half a...

    28. Off Message

      June 25, 2015

      Did the smoking ban help the rise of Ukip?

      According to new demographic statistics released on Thursday, Britain is becoming more populous, diverse, urban — and...

    29. June 24, 2015

      Few Britons are financially savvy, study finds

      Only one Briton in 100 is truly financially savvy, according to research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)...

    30. June 18, 2015

      UK retail spending rises 4.6% in May

      Britons’ love affair with shopping shows no sign of ending, with the volume of goods bought in UK shops growing again...

    31. June 12, 2015

      UK construction data point to strengthening recovery

      The UK economy grew faster than expected last year and in the first quarter of 2015, after revisions showed the...

    32. June 9, 2015

      High street sales slow down despite Tory election victory

      The decisive election result brought no benefit to the high street, the British Retail Consortium reported on Tuesday,...

    33. June 8, 2015

      Supermarket prices fall faster than official inflation measure

      The price of food and drink in supermarkets has fallen significantly faster during the past year than the official...

    34. FT Alphaville

      June 8, 2015

      Banks, businesses or the bust? Deeper into the UK productivity puzzle

      British real economic output is only about 3 per cent higher than at the beginning of 2008. Yet labour input (hours...

    35. June 8, 2015

      CBI cuts UK growth forecast and warns of EU plebiscite risks

      The CBI employers’ federation has cut its growth forecasts for the UK and given warning that uncertainty over Britain’s...

    36. May 31, 2015

      Office for National Statistics criticised over UK trade data errors

      The UK’s official trade data will remain vulnerable to errors until the Office for National Statistics improves its...

    37. May 28, 2015

      UK recovery dogged by poor export performance

      Britain’s continuing struggle to boost exports dragged down overall growth in the economy in the first three months of...

    38. May 22, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — deflation

      What does this show? It shows rates of inflation for different spending patterns, calculated by the Office for National...

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