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    1. Westminster Blog

      April 20, 2015

      Today in the election

      A summary of today’s events April 20 On Monday the Scottish National party – now the leading party north of the border –...

    2. April 19, 2015

      Solving productivity puzzle is key to government finances

      Britain’s advanced economy and comfortable living standards have been built on productivity growth. Ever since the...

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    1. April 17, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — inflation, mortgages and house prices

      What does this show? It illustrates nominal and real house prices over the past decade, indicating that the former have...

    2. April 16, 2015

      800,000 voters disappear from electoral roll

      More than 800,000 voters disappeared from the electoral roll in 2014 after a new registration method came into effect,...

    3. April 14, 2015

      Q&A: UK remains on the brink of deflation

      UK inflation has stayed at zero in March, unchanged from February and the lowest rate for at least half a century. This...

    4. April 14, 2015

      House price growth slows across UK

      House prices are still increasing across most of the UK, but at a slower pace. The annual rate of house price inflation fell...

    5. April 14, 2015

      UK inflation stays at zero in March

      The UK has avoided its first period of deflation since the 1960s for another month, with prices remaining unchanged in the...

    6. April 13, 2015

      Polish prince challenges Farage to duel or debate

      A Polish prince has challenged Nigel Farage to a sword fight or, failing that, a television debate over discrimination...

    7. April 9, 2015

      Weak UK trade data spark Q1 growth fears

      The UK’s trade deficit worsened by far more than expected in February, underscoring the lack of progress in rebalancing the...

    8. April 2, 2015

      Builders’ confidence rises even as recovery slows

      Confidence among UK construction companies has surged to its highest level in nine years — even amid mounting evidence that...

    9. April 1, 2015

      Labour’s zero hours clampdown highlights lack of data

      Labour’s proposal to clamp down on zero-hours contracts has highlighted the lack of reliable data about one of the UK labour...

    10. April 1, 2015

      UK productivity weakness worsening, says ONS

      Britain’s workers became less productive in the final quarter of 2014, highlighting a significant weakness that has dogged...

    11. April 1, 2015

      UK manufacturing activity hits 8-month high

      The UK manufacturing sector powered ahead in March, suggesting the economy is on course for a healthy expansion in the first...

    12. March 31, 2015

      British election at risk of drowning in dodgy data

      It is not because they are overwhelmingly content with their lot that voters turn out in such low numbers for British...

    13. March 31, 2015

      Rival UK economic plans come under scrutiny

      Conservative plans to cut borrowing more quickly than their political rivals would slow the recovery a little, but make...

    14. March 31, 2015

      UK economic growth revised up to 2.8% in 2014

      UK economic growth for 2014 has been revised up to 2.8 per cent, giving the governing Conservative and Liberal Democrat...

    15. March 30, 2015

      UK mortgage approvals climb to 6-month high

      Mortgage approvals hit a six-month high in February, in a sign that the recent slowdown in the UK housing market could be...

    16. March 29, 2015

      Insecure jobs and unpredictable hours on rise among CAB clients

      The Citizens Advice Bureau says an increasing number of its clients have insecure jobs with unpredictable hours, causing...

    17. FT Data

      March 25, 2015

      I quit! Job resignations and the UK labour puzzle

      When we report on labour markets, we tend to focus on net changes in employment, unemployment and inactivity. But those...

    18. March 23, 2015

      Student loans drive up debt while investment languishes

      A rise in student debt will cause unsecured borrowing in the UK to hit a record high in 2015, while investment in research...

    19. The Exchange

      March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: A budget for the whole country?

        “Over the last year, the North grew faster than the South. We are seeing a truly national recovery,” George Osborne said....

    20. March 17, 2015

      Ecigs, craft beer and Spotify counted as UK consumer staples

      Ecigarettes and craft beer are in, but sat navs and yoghurt drinks are out, in the official update of the basket of services...

    21. March 16, 2015

      UK brickmakers revived by surge in housebuilding

      Dormant brick plants are reopening across the UK as manufacturers respond to a surge in demand from housebuilders, though...

    22. March 13, 2015

      Housebuilding slowdown threatens UK recovery

      A slowdown in housebuilding caused output in the UK’s construction industry to slump unexpectedly in January, falling 2.6...

    23. FT Data

      March 12, 2015

      UK wages: Who’s really had a pay rise?

      If you live in the UK, you have heard a lot about terrible wage growth over the past five years. You might also have heard...

    24. March 12, 2015

      UK trade deficit falls to 14-year low

      The UK’s trade deficit has fallen to its smallest level for more than 14 years due to a steep drop in the cost of oil...

    25. March 11, 2015

      UK manufacturing output falls in January

      UK manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in January, dealing a blow to hopes that the sector was recovering after a weak...

    26. March 4, 2015

      Canadians move to the UK and Brits return the favour

      Last week, we learnt that net migration to the UK was at an all-time high, a slightly challenging statistic to emerge in the...

    27. March 1, 2015

      UK drug manufacture drops by a quarter

      The coalition’s ambitions to promote the UK’s £60bn pharmaceutical sector as a high-growth industry have suffered a blow...

    28. February 26, 2015

      Tories set to benefit from voter registration change

      An electoral rule change has led to a big fall in registered voters and is likely to benefit the Conservatives, according to...

    29. February 25, 2015

      Zero-hours contracts jump in UK

      Controversial zero-hours contracts are becoming deeply ingrained in the UK labour market, according to official data that...

    30. February 24, 2015

      UK teen pregnancy at lowest since 1969

      There are more older parents in Britain and children are much less likely to have a teenage mother according to official...

    31. February 23, 2015

      Ales and craft beers spur brewing boom

      Brewing is booming in the UK, spurred by growing sales of craft beer and ales, with applications to start breweries tripling...

    32. February 19, 2015

      London and the southeast see fewer public sector job losses

      London and the southeast — Britain’s most prosperous regions — have been relatively unscathed by the public sector job...

    33. February 17, 2015

      UK house price inflation slows for third month

      House price increases are still buoyant across most of the UK, but the rate of acceleration is continuing to slow. Prices...

    34. February 17, 2015

      UK inflation falls to record low of 0.3%

      Inflation has fallen to its lowest level in Britain in decades, as tumbling food and oil prices hand the Conservatives a...

    35. February 13, 2015

      Young Britons turning teetotal in growing numbers

      Young people are shunning alcohol in growing numbers, according to official data that suggests Britain may become a more...

    36. February 13, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — disposable income

      What does this show? This chart illustrates how the “disposable” income of the UK’s poorest and richest households has...

    37. February 13, 2015

      UK construction slowed in final quarter of 2014

      The UK’s construction industry slowed notably in the final three months of the year, with output falling by 2.1 per cent...

    38. February 12, 2015

      Tourism to UK hits record with total visitor numbers up 6%

      The government hailed 2014 as a record year for the UK inbound tourist industry after official figures revealed a 6 per cent...

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