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    1. August 28, 2015

      GDP data reveal surprising lift in UK trade figures

      Net trade made an unexpectedly big contribution to UK economic growth in the second quarter, confounding survey data...

    2. July 28, 2015

      UK GDP grows 0.7% in second quarter

      Britain’s recovery has passed a major milestone with gross domestic product per head returning to its pre-downturn peak...

    1. May 6, 2015

      UK’s joyless recovery poses poll challenge for Cameron

      The UK votes on Thursday after two years of strong growth, booming employment and improving public finances. But the...

    2. February 22, 2015

      Weak current account blots rosy economic landscape

      With only a few months to go until the general election, the British economy — by some measures — is on a roll. Growth...

    3. November 20, 2014

      UK retail sales bounce back in October

      UK retail sales jumped back in October in a sign that consumers’ appetite to spend remains strong. While clothing sales...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. November 8, 2012

      BoE suspends bond-purchase plan

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

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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,...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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