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    1. Fast FT

      April 27, 2016

      UK growth slowdown: economists react

      An expected slowdown in UK growth was confirmed this morning, after the economy expanded by 0.4 per cent in the first...

    2. Fast FT

      April 27, 2016

      UK GDP growth slows ahead of Brexit vote

      Britain’s economy has slowed down ahead of the EU referendum in June, growing by 0.4 per cent in the first three months...

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    1. April 22, 2016

      Chart that tells a story: households in debt

      What does this show? This chart illustrates the proportion of UK households that hold the most common forms of...

    2. Fast FT

      April 21, 2016

      UK government overshoots borrowing forecasts by £1.8bn

      UK public sector borrowing has shot past forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility, to the tune of £1.8bn....

    3. Fast FT

      April 21, 2016

      Brits swerve the shops: Retail sales numbers disappoint

      Britons’ wallets and purses are gathering dust. Retail sales including auto fuel dropped by some 1.3 per cent from...

    4. April 20, 2016

      UK unemployment rises for first time in almost a year

      Unemployment has risen in Britain in a sign that employers are rattled by the global slowdown, rising labour costs and...

    5. Fast FT

      April 20, 2016

      UK wage growth still elusive; unemployment up

      The UK’s statistics office has warned that the UK jobs market appears to be cooling after the latest data showed that...

    6. April 18, 2016

      Northern Powerhouse project threatened by ‘brain drain’

      A “brain drain” is threatening government efforts to revitalise the economy of the north as people in their twenties...

    7. April 15, 2016

      Housebuilding offers sole bright spot for UK construction sector

      A surge in housebuilding was the one bright spot for the UK’s construction industry in February, with overall output...

    8. April 12, 2016

      Air fares push UK inflation to 15-month high

      Increases in air fares helped push UK inflation to a 15-month high in March, according to the latest official figures....

    9. April 12, 2016

      Funeral business reaps profits as UK death rate soars

      Few businesses have as reliable an income stream as funeral directors. But profits at the biggest British undertakers...

    10. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Rocketing air fares bump up UK inflation

      Further fodder for those bugged by the ramp-up in air fares over public holidays and school holidays: a huge rise in...

    11. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      House price growth cools to 7.6% in February - ONS

      UK house price growth weakened slightly in the year to February, to 7.6 per cent, according to the Office for National...

    12. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      UK inflation beats expectations

      The rate of UK inflation pushed higher in March, beating expectations. The consumer prices index climbed by 0.4 per...

    13. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Fast Europe Open: vexing visas

      The European Commission is set to consider whether to force US citizens to apply for a visa before travelling to...

    14. April 8, 2016

      Chart that tells a story: Private renting

      What does this show? In the late 1970s, young people were more likely to own a property with a mortgage than rent...

    15. April 8, 2016

      Grim manufacturing data dent UK recovery

      It was another grim month for Britain’s factories in February, with the largest fall in output for more than two years....

    16. Fast FT

      April 8, 2016

      UK clocks worst February goods trade deficit ever

      The UK’s trade in goods deficit clocked in at £11.96bn in February, significantly worse than economists had expected...

    17. Fast FT

      April 8, 2016

      UK industrial production stumbles; manufacturing dives

      UK industrial production is stuck in a rut, and a deeper one than had previously been thought. The annual pace of...

    18. The Exchange

      April 8, 2016

      Real risk from the UK’s current account deficit is not what you think

      On March 31, the Office for National Statistics released its latest balance of payments figures for the UK. They make...

    19. Fast FT

      April 7, 2016

      UK deaths see sharpest rise since 1968

      In 2015 the number of deaths in the England and Wales rose at the sharpest rate since 1968 due to an increase in...

    20. Fast FT

      April 6, 2016

      The plight of 'Generation Rent' in five charts

      The Office for National Statistics has released its annual economic review, and there is some interesting data on...

    21. Fast FT

      April 6, 2016

      Profitability of UK oil and gas companies 'lowest since 1997'

      The profitability of UK companies involved in the extraction of oil and gas from the North Sea fell to its lowest level...

    22. April 3, 2016

      ​​ONS looks to Twitter and Zoopla for census data

      Personal data from Twitter and other commercial sources could be incorporated into the census, the Office for National...

    23. March 31, 2016

      Current account deficit hits postwar high

      Britain’s current account deficit has hit a new postwar high, underlining the country’s reliance on foreign capital. In...

    24. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      Higher growth, wider deficit: reactions to today's UK data

      Do you want the good news, or the bad news? If you missed it, UK GDP was revised upwards earlier, taking the fourth...

    25. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      UK current account deficit balloons beyond forecasts

      Bank of England governor Mark Carney said in January that the UK’s large current-account deficit left it relying on the...

    26. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      UK Q4 GDP growth revised up to 0.6%

      The UK economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year, a rise of 2.1 per cent on the year, final...

    27. March 30, 2016

      UK to get new single index of housing market in June

      The UK will get a new single official house price index in June, replacing the two current indices which often paint...

    28. March 24, 2016

      UK consumers carry on shopping

      Britain’s love affair with shopping shows little sign of letting up even though interest in new clothes seems to be on...

    29. Fast FT

      March 24, 2016

      UK retail sales better than expected in February

      UK retail sales, excluding petrol, fell by a lower than expected 0.2 per cent in February compared to the previous...

    30. March 23, 2016

      British stiff upper lip slips despite greater health and wealth

      The weary air of resignation captured in the quintessentially British “mustn’t grumble” appears to be on its way out....

    31. Fast FT

      March 23, 2016

      Britons' wellbeing has improved but health a concern - ONS

      People living in Briton have, on average, become wealthier over the last few years and crime has fallen, but people are...

    32. March 22, 2016

      UK inflation below Bank of England target for 26th month

      Falling prices for second-hand cars and bicycles kept UK inflation close to historic lows in February. The headline...

    33. Fast FT

      March 22, 2016

      UK borrowing figures for February higher than expected

      UK government borrowing last month was higher than expected, at £7.1bn, although it fell by £500m compared to February...

    34. Fast FT

      March 22, 2016

      Bikes tap brakes on UK inflation

      Inflation in the UK is not picking up as quickly as expected, stuck at historically low levels partly because of...

    35. March 20, 2016

      Dear millennials, don’t panic over pensions

      It is claimed that the investment and pension industries need to do more to attract millennials, the under-35s who,...

    36. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      UK unemployment benefit claims at lowest level since 1975

      The number of people in the UK claiming unemployment-related benefits has dropped to the lowest level since April 1975,...

    37. March 15, 2016

      The UK economy has changed, so must the way we measure it

      Britain’s Central Statistical Office (now the Office for National Statistics) was founded in 1941 following a direct...

    38. March 15, 2016

      Britain’s dancing days are over say statisticians

      Forget dancing til dawn. Britons are increasingly choosing an evening at home with Nespresso and Baileys, according to...

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