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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. July 12, 2011

    June saw Britain’s inflation fall

    Inflation in Britain unexpectedly fell in June, relieving pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates in the...

  34. July 7, 2011

    Economy failed to recover in second quarter

    The economy has barely grown during the second quarter of this year, according to a leading independent economics institute....

  35. July 7, 2011

    Manufacturing picks up after April decline

    Output in the UK manufacturing sector bounced back strongly in May, official figures show, more than offsetting April’s...

  36. June 9, 2011

    UK trade gap narrows as exports rise

    The balance in Britain’s trade in goods narrowed by slightly more than expected in April, aided by a small rise in exports...

  37. April 12, 2011

    UK inflation fall to 4% eases rates pressure

    Investors are expecting the Bank of England to delay interest rate rises after cash-strapped consumers forced supermarkets...

  38. April 6, 2011

    Fall in industrial output damps growth hopes

    The economy was practically stagnant over the past two quarters even before the impact of higher inflation and deeper...

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