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    1. December 3, 2014

      Services data show UK economy continues to grow

      Britain’s economy continues to grow at a healthy pace, according to a survey of the services sector, which shows companies...

    2. The World

      November 12, 2014

      The UK inflation report: four things to watch

      Mark Carney, governor, will unveil the Bank of England’s latest forecasts for the UK economy and give further guidance on...

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    1. November 5, 2014

      Services data fuel sense of UK slowdown

      Weakening activity in the vital service sector has reinforced the view that UK economic growth is slowing down. Sterling...

    2. August 6, 2014

      New data underline ‘lopsided’ UK recovery

      Weak industrial growth combined with soaring house prices have put another dent in the prospects for a balanced UK recovery,...

    3. June 4, 2014

      UK service sector activity powers ahead

      Activity in the UK’s dominant service sector motored along in May, as extra work and increasing business confidence...

    4. May 20, 2014

      Inflation rise blamed on seasonal factors

      A rise in the UK’s headline rate of inflation to 1.8 per cent – bucking the trend of the previous six months of consecutive...

    5. April 9, 2014

      UK trade deficit shrinks

      The UK’s trade deficit decreased slightly in the three months to February, because falling imports have outpaced a drop in...

    6. March 27, 2014

      UK retail sales rebound more than expected in February

      UK retail sales grew strongly in February, boosting hopes that the economy is powering ahead in the first quarter of the...

    7. January 6, 2014

      UK services set for strong 2014

      Economists on Monday shrugged off a fall in an important gauge of activity in the dominant services sector to a six-month...

    8. June 16, 2013

      Northern Ireland focus: Titanic success raises hopes for tourism

      There are few businesses in Northern Ireland that can claim to be popping champagne corks every day. The province is still...

    9. April 12, 2013

      UK construction output remains weak

      Output in the UK’s construction industry rose in February, but the level of activity in the sector remains much lower than a...

    10. March 12, 2013

      Spectre of stagflation haunts UK

      The prospect of stagflation has returned to the UK as investors bet on a sharp jump in inflation to its highest level in...

    11. March 12, 2013

      Manufacturing data show economic woes

      Manufacturing output in the UK shrank in January, increasing the probability of an economic contraction in the first quarter...

    12. March 8, 2013

      Construction output plunges in January

      Output in the UK’s beleaguered building industry plummeted in January, official figures Friday showed on Friday. The sector,...

    13. March 1, 2013

      UK manufacturing falls sharply

      Fallout from the loss of the UK’s prized triple A credit rating may have been less dramatic than George Osborne feared. But...

    14. January 11, 2013

      ‘Disappointing’ data add to economic gloom

      Manufacturing output continued to shrink in November, raising the prospects of an economic contraction in the final quarter...

    15. December 7, 2012

      Fears triple-dip recession looming

      At the end of a week in which George Osborne was forced to confront a downgrade in the growth prospects in his Autumn...

    16. December 3, 2012

      BoE credit scheme fails to boost lending

      Britain’s latest initiative to improve lending to the country’s businesses and households has begun with more of a whimper...

    17. November 16, 2012

      ‘Evil is a tricky one’

      We expect film directors to be mysterious or difficult – the auteur myth – but the British director Ben Wheatley is direct...

    18. September 4, 2012

      Services sector shows unexpected growth

      A measure of the services sector has provided some good news on the UK economy by showing unexpected growth in August. The...

    19. August 21, 2012

      Data undermine UK debt reduction plan

      Britain’s public finances deteriorated in July as corporation tax receipts plunged, highlighting the coalition government’s...

    20. July 17, 2012

      UK inflation rate drops sharply

      Inflation dropped sharply and unexpectedly last month to the lowest since 2009 as clothing retailers cut their prices during...

    21. May 1, 2012

      Weak export orders hit UK manufacturers

      UK manufacturers reported a significant slowdown in activity last month, with export orders taking a particular hit, in...

    22. April 13, 2012

      Pensions dressed in Emperor’s new clothes

      Politicians and journalists have a lot more in common than they’d care to admit – and I don’t just mean surprisingly low...

    23. March 5, 2012

      UK to avoid double-dip, data signal

      Britain’s economy has lost some of its buoyancy but still seems likely to avoid a double-dip recession, economists concluded...

    24. February 22, 2012

      Record sterling oil price sparks fears

      Oil prices have soared to a record high in sterling terms and are approaching euro highs, raising fears that European...

    25. February 17, 2012

      Retail sales growth defies expectations

      Britons continued to spend on the high street last month in defiance of expectations they would return to frugal ways after...

    26. February 10, 2012

      Manufacturing data show inflationary pressure easing

      Inflationary pressures in Britain continued to ease in January, though there were tentative signs rising oil prices have...

    27. February 1, 2012

      Manufacturers enjoy strong start to the year

      Britain’s manufacturers have started the year in strong form as new orders increased and output expanded at the fastest pace...

    28. January 3, 2012

      Support for austerity holds – but with conditions

      Britain’s bold decision to volunteer for a tough period of austerity still has the approval of most economists polled by the...

    29. January 2, 2012

      Reasons for poor productivity remain a puzzle

      Feeble output but relatively strong employment levels since the financial crisis started in 2007 have created what officials...

    30. Money Supply

      November 15, 2011

      UK inflation begins its descent

      With UK inflation slowing to 5 per cent in October, most believe price pressures are now past their peak. But few agree on...

    31. October 21, 2011

      Borrowing data boost deficit hopes

      The UK’s austerity plan remains on track in spite of a worsening economic environment, according to official figures that...

    32. October 6, 2011

      Service sector data offer light amid gloom

      The output of the service sector increased slightly in July, according to an official measure of the biggest part of the...

    33. October 5, 2011

      UK recession deeper than first thought

      Britain’s economy contracted even more sharply during the recession than previously believed and its recovery so far this...

    34. September 5, 2011

      Service sector growth falls sharply

      Conditions in the UK service sector appeared to deteriorate sharply in August, suggesting that the economy’s problems have...

    35. September 1, 2011

      Manufacturing adds to economic gloom

      British manufacturing activity contracted for a second successive month in August, according to a closely watched survey...

    36. August 9, 2011

      UK manufacturing output falls in June

      British manufacturing output fell unexpectedly in June and the trade deficit widened, adding to concerns that the main...

    37. August 3, 2011

      Services data temper gloom on UK economy

      The expansion in activity in Britain’s service sector accelerated in July, beating expectations and providing a welcome...

    38. July 12, 2011

      Lower inflation eases pressure on Bank

      Tumbling prices for computer games and other consumer electronics pulled inflation lower in June, surprising economists and...

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