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  1. July 20, 2014

    Britain risks a ‘supply chain crisis’

    British businesses have poor knowledge of where their products were sourced from and how they were made, making it likely...

  2. 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...

  1. January 2, 2014

    UK manufacturing activity remains strong

    Manufacturing activity in the UK continued to grow at a fast pace in December, though momentum slipped slightly from the...

  2. July 1, 2013

    Manufacturing report fuels UK recovery hopes

    Positive data on British manufacturing activity and the health of the mortgage market helped bolster hopes that the UK...

  3. January 3, 2013

    Construction industry gloom deepens

    The UK’s construction industry performed more poorly than expected last month, capping a grim year for the sector....

  4. December 3, 2012

    UK manufacturing outlook remains poor

    Britain’s manufacturing sector has stabilised after several months of deterioration, though the outlook remains poor and...

  5. October 2, 2012

    Construction sector remains in doldrums

    Construction in the UK continued to decline last month in spite of increased activity on civil engineering projects,...

  6. September 4, 2012

    Construction activity contracts in August

    Construction activity in Britain contracted in August and the outlook for the sector looks bleak, with new orders falling to...

  7. August 1, 2012

    Slowing global growth hits UK economy

    British manufacturers in July suffered their worst month for more than three years, according to a survey, as data indicate...

  8. July 3, 2012

    Construction survey shows drag on economy

    The construction sector suffered badly last month as companies grew less busy and their order books started to thin,...

  9. December 1, 2011

    Manufacturing output contracts for second month

    Manufacturing output in Britain has contracted for the second month in a row, according to a closely watched survey of the...

  10. October 4, 2011

    Construction sector growth stalls in September

    The construction sector has stopped growing and new orders have started to fall, according to a closely watched survey that...

  11. October 3, 2011

    UK manufacturing activity picks up

    Activity in the UK manufacturing sector picked up slightly last month after a sluggish summer, according to a...

  12. 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...

  13. August 2, 2011

    Construction sector offers glimmer of hope

    Britain’s construction sector expanded at a steady rate in July although employment fell for the second month in a row,...

  14. May 3, 2011

    UK manufacturing at seven-month low

    Growth in the UK manufacturing sector slowed to its weakest in seven months in April, raising fears that the recovery in the...

  15. May 2, 2011

    Supply chains: Look for the single point of failure

    From the rising cost of raw materials to extensive disruption caused by the earthquake in Japan, companies face a range of...

  16. September 1, 2010

    Sharp slowdown in UK manufacturing

    Manufacturing suffered a sharp slowdown last month amid uncertainty about the nature and extent of public spending cuts,...

  17. July 5, 2010

    Service sector growth slows in UK

    Britain’s services sector expanded in June at the slowest rate in 10 months, according to a closely watched index, amid...

  18. July 2, 2010

    Slowing export growth adds to economic angst

    Fears for the economy rose yesterday after surveys showed that export growth slowed in June and banks expected to cut...

  19. July 1, 2010

    Slowing export growth adds to economic angst

    Fears for the economy rose on Thursday after surveys showed that export growth slowed in June and banks expected to cut...

  20. June 4, 2010

    Service data revive recession fears

    The service sector saw new business rise at its slowest rate in nine months in May, raising fears about the strength and...

  21. June 3, 2010

    Slowdown in new business hits services PMI

    The service sector saw new business rise at its slowest rate in nine months in May, raising fears about the strength and...

  22. May 7, 2010

    Volcano casts a shadow over business

    Growth in the services sector slowed last month as the volcanic ash cloud cast a shadow over British business, according to...

  23. May 6, 2010

    Volcanic ash takes its toll on UK economy

    Growth in the services sector slowed in April as the volcanic ash cloud cast a shadow over British businesses, according to...

  24. May 5, 2010

    Building activity jumps

    Builders have experienced the sharpest jump in activity in almost three years as demand for new housing and offices...

  25. April 1, 2010

    Manufacturing sector bounces back

    UK manufacturing output in March rose at its fastest pace since 1994, according to a closely watched index, with companies...

  26. March 4, 2010

    Services upturn lifts hope for more growth

    Britain's services sector bounced back last month after the snow-related slowdown in January, bringing activity in the...

  27. March 3, 2010

    Services sector bounces back after slowdown

    Britain’s services sector bounced back in February after the if the snow-related slowdown in January, bringing activity in...

  28. March 1, 2010

    UK manufacturing stays on recovery road

    Britain’s manufacturing sector appears on a firm road to recovery, with a closely watched index reporting that activity in...

  29. February 1, 2010

    Manufacturing shows fastest growth for 15 years

    Activity in the UK manufacturing sector grew at its fastest pace for 15 years in January, in a sign that the weaker pound is...

  30. January 6, 2010

    Construction activity drops despite surge in housing

    Construction activity fell in December for the 22nd month in a row as a surge in housing was offset by a sharp decline in...

  31. January 5, 2010

    UK construction industry remains in slump

    Construction activity fell in December for the 22nd month in a row as a surge in housing was offset by a sharp decline in...

  32. December 3, 2009

    Service sector recovery fails to ignite

    The British service sector saw activity rise at a steady pace in November, according to a survey of purchasing managers,...

  33. November 3, 2009

    Factory activity at highest level for two years

    British manufacturing activity rebounded in October to its highest level in two years, according to a survey, which showed...

  34. November 2, 2009

    UK manufacturing hits two-year high

    British manufacturing activity rebounded in October to its highest level in two years, according to a survey, which showed...

  35. October 1, 2009

    UK manufacturing recovery stutters

    Britain’s manufacturing sector is struggling to maintain the momentum seen in recent months, with the summer’s rebound...

  36. August 3, 2009

    UK manufacturing output bounces back

    Manufacturing output last month saw the biggest rate of growth since December 2007, in a sign of nascent recovery in the UK...

  37. July 23, 2009

    Fears grow over impact of swine flu

    The number of people off work because of coughs, colds and flu is three-times higher than normal for the time of year,...

  38. July 23, 2009

    Fears grow over effect of swine flu

    The number of people off work because of coughs, colds and flu is three-times higher than normal for the time of year,...

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