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    1. January 23, 2015

      The great data debate

      As he appeals to the British public to vote him in as prime minister, the leader of the opposition proposes collecting new...

    2. January 22, 2015

      Fall in crime levels masks rise in fraud

      Crime has fallen by 11 per cent over the past year to a record low, according to the Office for National Statistics, but...

    3. January 14, 2015

      Profitability of UK oil companies hits record low

      The profitability of companies working on the UK’s offshore oil and gasfields reached a record low in the third quarter of...

    4. FT Alphaville

      January 13, 2015

      UK disinflation should be cause for cheer

      For years, the UK has added more jobs than almost any other country in the rich world even as real incomes plunged thanks to...

    5. January 13, 2015

      Data show slowdown in UK house price growth

      House prices in the UK rose at the slowest rate in seven months in the year to November, according to official statistics...

    6. January 13, 2015

      UK inflation at lowest since 2000

      Tumbling oil prices pushed Britain’s inflation rate to its lowest level since 2000 and with further falls inevitable in the...

    7. January 11, 2015

      Economic outlook: downward pressure expected to endure

      Last week it was confirmed that the eurozone is back in deflationary territory; falling energy prices pushed the annual...

    8. January 2, 2015

      Chart that tells a story — house prices

      What does this show? House prices have risen sharply in the past two years — but not all house price data are equal....

    9. December 30, 2014

      Sales of ecigarettes surge in UK supermarkets

      Ecigarettes outpaced sports nutrition drinks to became the UK’s fastest-growing supermarket product by both volume and value...

    10. December 24, 2014

      UK current account deficit hits joint record

      The UK’s current account deficit has widened to a joint peacetime record because of falls in receipts from UK investment...

    11. December 24, 2014

      Modest improvement to UK productivity

      The UK’s productivity performance may be improving, but progress remains slow, figures published on Wednesday suggest....

    12. December 24, 2014

      Heidelberg offloads brick business to Lone Star for $1.4bn

      HeidelbergCement, the world’s third-biggest cement maker, has sold its brickmaking business for a purchase price of $1.4bn...

    13. December 23, 2014

      Consumer splurge has shaky foundations

      Consumers might be splashing out for Christmas, but they are doing it on the back of shrinking savings and disposable...

    14. December 23, 2014

      UK looks set to miss 3% growth forecast

      Growth this year is likely to miss the government’s 3 per cent forecast, undermining the boast by George Osborne that the...

    15. December 18, 2014

      Black Friday discounts boost UK retail sales

      UK retail sales surged in November, growing at the fastest pace in a decade as consumers took advantage of pre-Christmas...

    16. December 17, 2014

      A modest Christmas gift for the British economy

      Britain’s economy has been growing for nearly two years. But until this week, the nation’s workers had precious little to...

    17. December 17, 2014

      MPC focus remains on wage growth, minutes show

      The majority of members on the Bank of England’s rate-setting committee want to see more evidence of pay growth before...

    18. December 17, 2014

      Trials show ecigarettes help smokers to quit

      Electronic cigarettes help smokers stop or cut down on their tobacco consumption without causing harmful side-effects, a...

    19. December 16, 2014

      Rate expectations help cheer FTSE 100

      London’s FTSE 100 rose on Tuesday, moving off losses seen in opening trade after inflation data reached a 12-year low,...

    20. December 16, 2014

      UK inflation at lowest level for a decade

      Falling oil and food prices have driven UK inflation to its lowest level in more than a decade, delivering a boost to the...

    21. December 15, 2014

      Inflation has been higher for the poor, UK study finds

      Inflation was much higher for the poorest families in Britain during the past decade than it was for the richest, according...

    22. December 10, 2014

      Single parent employment reaches record high in UK

      Single parents were more likely to be in employment than ever before in 2014, according to an analysis published by the...

    23. December 4, 2014

      David Cameron’s foreign aid pledge to cost extra £1bn

      Britain will have to spend almost £1bn more than forecast to be sure of meeting its foreign aid commitments this year and...

    24. December 2, 2014

      Overseas purchases of UK companies hit low

      The number of British companies bought by overseas investors has fallen to the lowest level for quarter of a century,...

    25. December 2, 2014

      UK household spending grows at fastest rate since records began

      Spending by UK households in 2013 has grown at its fastest rate since records began in 2001, according to data published by...

    26. December 1, 2014

      Government to back £1bn Swansea tidal project

      Plans for a £1bn tidal lagoon to generate power in Swansea Bay will be given a boost when ministers announce the start of...

    27. November 27, 2014

      Number of E Europeans registering for national insurance soars

      After employment controls were lifted in January, the number of Romanians registering for UK national insurance increased...

    28. FT Data

      November 27, 2014

      The UK’s new official economic wellbeing dashboard

      How well is Britain’s economy doing? The default answer has always been to look at GDP – which is why legions of city...

    29. November 27, 2014

      Net UK migration surges 43%

      UK net migration has risen 78,000 to 260,000 over the past year, definitively thwarting the Conservative party’s “no ifs, no...

    30. November 27, 2014

      UK manufacturers plan to raise level of investment

      Almost 70 per cent of small and medium-sized manufacturers plan to increase their investment in technology and capital...

    31. November 25, 2014

      Research quashes fears that ecigarettes encourage new smokers

      Research shows ecigarettes in the UK are used almost exclusively by current or former smokers, contrary to fears that they...

    32. November 24, 2014

      Public sector urged to back innovators as funding falls

      Government departments must get better at promoting innovation amid falling spending on research and development, according...

    33. November 20, 2014

      Total national wealth rises 69% but is still below 2007 peak

      The UK’s total wealth has increased by 69 per cent since 1997 but is still below the peak reached before the crisis in 2007,...

    34. November 20, 2014

      Fall in number of inactive young Britons

      So much for idle youth: the proportion of young people in Britain who are not in work, education or training has dropped to...

    35. November 19, 2014

      Average weekly wages rise £1 in a year

      Average weekly wages rose just £1 or 0.1 per cent in the year to April, the smallest annual growth since data were first...

    36. November 18, 2014

      UK house prices rise 12.1% in a year

      The rate of UK house price increases unexpectedly accelerated in September, according to official figures that run counter...

    37. November 15, 2014

      Restaurant Group slowed by ‘bump in road’

      Shares in Restaurant Group fell nearly 4.5 per cent on Friday, after the group – which owns the Garfunkel’s and Frankie &...

    38. November 14, 2014

      UK construction bounces back

      Growth in the UK’s construction sector bounced back in September, easing fears that recent weaker data signalled a more...

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