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  1. FT Alphaville

    July 25, 2014

    The British economic recovery in 13 charts

    So the UK economy grew 0.8 per cent in the second quarter of 2014, leaving output on this preliminary estimate at just about...

  2. FT Data

    July 25, 2014

    Bells muffled for the end of the depression

    The UK economy has finally recovered. Today’s estimate by the Office for National Statistics of gross domestic product for...

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  1. July 24, 2014

    IMF forecasts UK to be fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014

    Britain’s economic revival continues to surprise the rest of the world, with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday...

  2. July 24, 2014

    UK retail sales show little growth in June

    Underlying growth in retail sales remains robust, but the UK consumer’s appetite for spending seems to be moderating. The...

  3. July 23, 2014

    UK retail sales heat up with warmer weather

    Retail sales volumes rebounded in July, in a sign that UK consumers are continuing to spend. A monthly retail survey by the...

  4. July 20, 2014

    ONS chief John Pullinger keen to speak out on key issues

    Two weeks into his five-year term as the UK’s most senior statistician, John Pullinger has a simple aim . Gesturing towards...

  5. July 20, 2014

    We must innovate or die, says UK’s new top statistician

    Britain’s new national statistician has admitted that the increasing concern about the quality of official data in...

  6. July 18, 2014

    Poor health casts doubt on UK state pension

    Many Britons will struggle to remain in good health until the point they qualify for their state pensions, according to...

  7. July 18, 2014

    Chart that tells a story . . . prime London prices

    What does this show? The blue line shows house price growth in Greater London according to data from Land Registry, which...

  8. July 18, 2014

    Is Britain closing its doors to talent?

    “Visa curbs on highly skilled migrants hit UK talent pool” was the front page headline on the FT. Referring to a study...

  9. July 18, 2014

    Conservatives to toughen rules for strike ballots

    The Conservatives are to go ahead with a manifesto proposal to impose a 50 per cent turnout threshold for any strike ballot...

  10. July 17, 2014

    More than half of crimes in England and Wales remain unsolved

    More than half of all crimes in England and Wales are left unsolved by police, according to the first Home Office analysis...

  11. FT Alphaville

    July 17, 2014

    MoneySupply: Jobs growth is not just a London thing

    In an FT.com column today, I highlighted the surprising strength of the UK labour market outside London. This is important,...

  12. Off Message

    July 16, 2014

    Rethinking the baby boom

    Well, this is awkward for someone who has written a magazine article entitled the New Baby Boom. On Wednesday the Office for...

  13. FT Alphaville

    July 16, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan notes that African Minerals Dermot Coughlan has resigned. Just like he noted, on...

  14. July 16, 2014

    UK employment rate back at record high

    The UK’s employment rate has matched its record high as the economy continued to create jobs at an unprecedented pace. Real...

  15. July 15, 2014

    House price boom stretches across UK

    House prices are experiencing double-digit percentage rises across the UK, led by rampant growth in London, according to...

  16. July 15, 2014

    UK inflation jumps to 1.9%

    Expectations have grown that Britain’s first interest rate rise in the current economic cycle will come around the turn of...

  17. July 13, 2014

    UK fund management salaries down 20%, ONS survey finds

    The average salary in the UK’s fund management sector has fallen by 20.3 per cent in the past year. That is the message of...

  18. July 11, 2014

    Regulators turn aim on broker research

    The annual report from the Financial Conduct Authority struggles to avoid sounding smug, but in vain. “Our first year was...

  19. July 10, 2014

    More people self-employed for long term, ONS finds

    Nearly half the UK’s growing number of self-employed people have been working for themselves for a decade or more, according...

  20. July 10, 2014

    UK continues to run large trade deficit

    Britain continued to run a large trade deficit in May but with little sign that the economic recovery over the past year has...

  21. July 8, 2014

    UK GDP figures harmed by statistics office move to Wales

    A shortage of suitably qualified economists in Wales means that some of the production of Britain’s national accounts should...

  22. July 8, 2014

    UK manufacturing output sees steepest decline in 16 months

    Europe UK Britain’s manufacturing output slumped by 1.3 per cent in May, the steepest decline in 16 months, in a sign...

  23. FT Data

    July 4, 2014

    Wages over the long run

    Yesterday the ONS released data on real wages going back until 1975 and as you might expect they show that median wages have...

  24. July 3, 2014

    Top UK earners see biggest drop in wages since 2011, says ONS

    The UK’s top earners are heavily concentrated in London and have experienced a bigger fall in real wages than other workers...

  25. July 3, 2014

    ONS data weaken case against mansion tax

    Statisticians removed one of the obstacles to a mansion tax on Thursday, showing that only a very small number of poor...

  26. July 1, 2014

    UK productivity data remain weak

    Britain’s weak labour productivity performance continued in the first quarter of the year as the increase in the number of...

  27. July 1, 2014

    Strong UK manufacturing activity points to robust growth

    Britain’s manufacturing sector finished the second quarter on a strong note, with an index of sentiment among purchasing...

  28. July 1, 2014

    Report recommends independent oversight for pension schemes

    The government is being urged to strengthen the role of new independent bodies being formed to protect the interests of...

  29. June 30, 2014

    UK economic output is already above pre-recession peak

    Large revisions to Britain’s national accounts this September will show the recession was shallower than previously thought...

  30. June 27, 2014

    UK business investment bounces back

    UK business investment has risen to its highest level since the financial crisis, in a further sign the economic recovery is...

  31. June 26, 2014

    UK population grows 400,000 to break through 64m mark

    The UK population grew by 400,000 last year to break through the 64m mark, with the increase from new births outstripping...

  32. June 20, 2014

    Mortgage lending levels off

    Mortgage lending levelled off in May, partly in response to tighter rules on affordability, the Council of Mortgage Lenders...

  33. June 20, 2014

    Shareholdings hit post-crisis high

    The value of shareholdings held by private investors rose to £238.8bn by the middle of June, its highest level since the...

  34. June 20, 2014

    Canadian inflation up as UK public finances deficit widens

    Americas Canada: Official figures released on Friday showed that retail sales jumped more than forecast in April, while...

  35. June 20, 2014

    World Cup hangover could hit Britain’s high streets

    Britain’s high streets should expect to suffer a hangover as World Cup fever fades, economists said on Friday, noting that...

  36. June 19, 2014

    Factory and retail data fuel UK recovery hopes

    A bumper month for manufacturers and a strong run of retail sales suggest the economy continues to expand quickly as...

  37. June 18, 2014

    Berkeley calls for London rate rises

    Berkeley, the upmarket housebuilder, has suggested that policy makers should impose targeted rate rises on London and...

  38. FT Alphaville

    June 17, 2014

    This is nuts. When's the crash?

    Back in September we calculated that the average London house had earned more in the previous year than its average...

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