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  1. July 11, 2014

    UK construction output dips in May

    UK construction output dipped in May, increasing the chances that overall economic growth in the second quarter could be...

  2. June 10, 2014

    Homebuyers turn to fixed-rate mortgages

    Borrowers turned to fixed-rate mortgages in the first quarter of the year, as speculation about the timing of the UK’s first...

  1. June 10, 2014

    Growth in UK manufacturing sector fastest in 3 years

    Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector accelerated in April in a further sign that the economic recovery is broadening....

  2. 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...

  3. May 4, 2014

    BoE eyes moves to cool housing market

    The Bank of England is examining a number of politically controversial measures as it assesses whether to take action to...

  4. April 8, 2014

    UK recovery broad-based and strengthening, says think-tank

    The UK recovery is broad-based and strengthening, according to a leading economic think-tank. The National Institute of...

  5. February 26, 2014

    UK business investment rises 2.4% in fourth quarter

    UK business investment rose strongly in the final quarter of 2013 in a sign that the economic recovery is becoming more...

  6. January 1, 2014

    Question 4: Fiscal policy

    Has George Osborne’s “plan A” been vindicated by the recovery in 2013 and should the planned pace of deficit reduction...

  7. July 29, 2013

    Mortgage approvals fall unexpectedly

    The number of mortgages approved fell unexpectedly in June, according to Bank of England data published on Monday. The data...

  8. June 17, 2013

    Smiths names former 3M head as chairman

    Sir George Buckley, the British industrialist who previously headed US conglomerate 3M, has been confirmed as the next...

  9. May 22, 2013

    Sir George Buckley frontrunner to take Smiths Group chairmanship

    Sir George Buckley, the British industrialist who until last year headed the US conglomerate 3M, has emerged as the...

  10. Money Supply

    May 15, 2013

    BoE makes rulers redundant

    One of the few occasions when I’ve used a ruler since leaving school is during the Bank of England’s inflation report press...

  11. 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...

  12. March 5, 2013

    Services data allay fears on economy

    More money printing from the Bank of England later this week appears a close call after data for the UK’s dominant services...

  13. February 20, 2013

    Pound falls as King seeks more QE

    The pound slid against the dollar and the euro on Wednesday after it emerged the governor of the Bank of England had wanted...

  14. January 18, 2013

    UK retail suffers a bleak Christmas

    At the end of a grim week for the UK high street, official data have confirmed that 2012 was a bleak Christmas for...

  15. January 2, 2013

    Manufacturing activity at 15-month high

    Manufacturing activity soared in December to its highest level in more than a year, according to a poll of the industry’s...

  16. November 8, 2012

    BoE suspends bond-purchase plan

    The Bank of England suspended its emergency bond-purchasing programme on Thursday, raising doubts about whether quantitative...

  17. September 21, 2012

    Better deficit data boost UK finances

    Better government deficit figures in August broke the trend of deteriorating public finances but the Treasury is still...

  18. 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...

  19. September 2, 2012

    Effects of recession puzzle economists

    Britain’s economy has behaved very strangely since the start of the financial crisis. The combination of weak output and...

  20. August 8, 2012

    BoE is running out of policy options

    Britain’s economic recovery is now projected to be weaker and more protracted than had been expected a few months ago, and...

  21. Money Supply

    June 19, 2012

    More QE on the way

    After the surprise news today that annual inflation fell to a two-and-a-half year low of 2.8 per cent in May, analysts now...

  22. Money Supply

    June 1, 2012

    The week ahead in central banking

    Our week ahead email helps you to track the most important events in central banking. To see all of our emails and alerts...

  23. June 1, 2012

    UK industry fall could trigger more QE

    Britain’s manufacturing sector, buoyed over the past three years by a weak pound that promoted exports, took an unexpectedly...

  24. May 23, 2012

    MPC voted 8-1 against more QE

    Only one member of the Bank of England’s interest rate setting committee voted this month for more quantitative easing to...

  25. May 9, 2012

    3M challenged on political donations vote

    A shareholder proposal that would have forced 3M to be more transparent about its political lobbying has been narrowly...

  26. May 7, 2012

    MPC line on gilt purchases under scrutiny

    Britain’s monetary policy makers meet this week to decide on interest rates, and what was previously expected to be a...

  27. April 25, 2012

    Britain slides back into recession

    Britain slipped back into recession at the start of this year, with economists concluding that even the most generous...

  28. April 4, 2012

    Halifax reports jump in house prices

    The Halifax house price index jumped by 2.2 per cent in March after a decline of 0.4 per cent the previous month,...

  29. February 22, 2012

    MPC pair wanted even bigger tranche of easing

    The enthusiasm of Britain’s rates-setting body for further monetary stimulus was revealed in minutes of its February...

  30. February 8, 2012

    Thulin to succeed Buckley at 3M

    3M, the Minnesota-based conglomerate, said on Tuesday that Inge Thulin, currently chief operating officer, would take over...

  31. January 30, 2012

    Charity begins at home for Saudi Arabia

    Executives from around the world descended on Riyadh last week, days before they moved on to the main January event in...

  32. January 29, 2012

    Western industrials feel a Chinese burn

    Western industrial companies have seen a slowdown in some markets in China as efforts to cool the world’s second largest...

  33. January 25, 2012

    Outlook uncertain as economy goes into reverse

    Britain’s economy shrank in the last quarter of 2011 by slightly more than expected as the country continued to experience...

  34. January 24, 2012

    UK debt tops £1tn despite fall in spending

    UK government debt broke through the £1 trillion barrier for the first time in December, despite a bigger-than-expected fall...

  35. December 2, 2011

    Construction buoyed by rise in house building

    The first pick-up in house building for six months and a stronger rise in new orders meant construction activity continued...

  36. November 17, 2011

    Small shops boost retail October sales

    High street sales in October grew by much more than expected, official data on Thursday showed, with retailers attributing...

  37. November 7, 2011

    Boulter to pursue Fox and Werritty

    Harvey Boulter, the Dubai-based businessman whose meetings with Adam Werritty helped force Liam Fox’s resignation, has...

  38. October 25, 2011

    Manufacturers warn of slump in demand

    Two of the US’s biggest manufacturers cut their full-year outlooks, warning of slumping demand in both the developed world...

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