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      Business confidence sinks to three-year low

      Fears over the health of the global economy and the upcoming Brexit referendum have knocked British business confidence...

    2. Fast FT

      February 3, 2016

      UK services PMI stages surprise increase

      The UK’s dominant services sector has started 2016 in slightly more robust shape than expected, according to a closely...

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      The top end of the business aviation industry is still holding steady, as increasingly...
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    1. Fast FT

      February 1, 2016

      UK manufacturers start 2016 on decent footing

      The UK’s manufacturing sector has had a better than expected start to 2016, according to the closely-watched...

    2. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      UK economy expanded by 0.5% in fourth quarter

      The UK economy expanded by a 0.5 per cent in the final three months of last year, compared to 0.4 per cent growth in...

    3. Fast FT

      January 22, 2016

      UK government borrowing better than expected in December

      Some news to cheer George Osborne after a rocky week, when markets were spooked by falling oil prices and fresh...

    4. Fast FT

      January 12, 2016

      'From bad to worse': reaction to UK production

      The UK just turned in some disappointing industrial and manufacturing production data for November, showing sharp...

    5. January 8, 2016

      Chancellor’s economic mood shifts down

      George Osborne had a list of others to blame for his downbeat assessment of the economy — China, Brazil, Russia, lower...

    6. Fast FT

      January 8, 2016

      Oil dents UK trade deficit, but sterling 'hurting'

      Falling oil prices helped narrow the UK trade deficit to £3.2bn in November, down £300m from the previous month, but up...

    7. Fast FT

      January 6, 2016

      UK services PMI disappointing but 'steady'

      The UK economy is likely to have expanded by a solid but “unexciting” 0.5 per cent in the final three months of last...

    8. Fast FT

      January 4, 2016

      UK manufacturing suffers disappointing December

      UK manufacturing ended the year on a disappointing note, as growth slowed and undershot economists’ expectations. The...

    9. December 23, 2015

      UK pace of growth weakens

      The pace of growth in the UK economy has weakened noticeably, in another piece of disappointing news for the...

    10. Fast FT

      December 22, 2015

      UK public sector borrowing higher than expected in November

      Public sector net borrowing – excluding state-backed banks – was a far greater than expected £14.2bn in November from...

    11. Fast FT

      December 11, 2015

      UK construction returns to growth in October

      Despite a slew of healthy earnings from UK builders and tool hire groups, UK construction output expanded less than...

    12. November 26, 2015

      The fantasy of Britain as ‘most prosperous economy’

      George Osborne, UK chancellor of the exchequer, has a vainglorious streak. Presenting his Spending Re­view, he...

    13. October 27, 2015

      UK economy loses steam as GDP growth slows to 0.5%

      The UK economy slowed in the third quarter as weak construction and manufacturing took their toll on growth but...

    14. October 26, 2015

      UK export orders shrink at fastest pace in 3 years

      An industrial survey has confirmed worries over a slowdown in UK manufacturing, ahead of the much-awaited release of...

    15. September 30, 2015

      UK recovery continues but rebalancing remains elusive

      A notable improvement in two of the weakest elements of the UK recovery, workers’ incomes and the current account...

    16. September 18, 2015

      A very understated British recovery

      Football fans from Continental Europe and the residents of Magaluf have grounds to dispute the reputation of the...

    17. 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...

    18. The Exchange

      August 20, 2015

      UK needs a statistical strategy to catch up with digital disruption

      High quality official statistics are vital to the functioning of the state — as the etymology of the word suggests —...

    19. 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...

    20. June 30, 2015

      UK set to be fastest-growing G7 economy

      The UK economy grew faster at the start of the year than previously thought, but output per person still remained...

    21. June 11, 2015

      Osborne is mistaken to apply Victorian values to fiscal policy

      George Osborne is a radical politician. The chancellor’s new plan to legislate fiscal surpluses is an attempt to return...

    22. FT Alphaville

      June 8, 2015

      Banks, businesses or the bust? Deeper into the UK productivity puzzle

      British real economic output is only about 3 per cent higher than at the beginning of 2008. Yet labour input (hours...

    23. May 31, 2015

      Office for National Statistics criticised over UK trade data errors

      The UK’s official trade data will remain vulnerable to errors until the Office for National Statistics improves its...

    24. May 18, 2015

      Overseas students contribute £2.3bn a year to UK, says study

      International students make a net contribution of £2.3bn a year to the UK economy in London alone and support 70,000...

    25. May 14, 2015

      Nothing is certain except death and taxes (or compulsory saving)

      The victory of the Conservatives has put them in charge of the UK for the next five years. But it has not resolved many...

    26. May 13, 2015

      Bank of England downgrades UK growth forecast

      The Bank of England has sounded a more cautious note on Britain’s economy, replacing extremely optimistic growth...

    27. May 13, 2015

      Sterling volatile after jobs data and Bank of England report

      The Bank of England took the wind out of sterling’s sails by lowering its growth forecasts for the UK economy, but...

    28. May 12, 2015

      UK industrial output jumps in March

      UK industrial production picked up in March, boosting hopes that weak overall growth in the first quarter of the year...

    29. April 28, 2015

      The British economy after the coalition

      In what condition does the coalition government leave the UK economy? Needless to say, its members are fighting the...

    30. April 28, 2015

      Sluggish UK economic growth not seen as a slowdown

      The pace of economic growth in the UK halved in the first quarter but the message from economists is unambiguous: don’t...

    31. April 28, 2015

      UK economic growth slows to 0.3% in first quarter

      The UK economy grew at the slowest pace since the final quarter of 2012 in the first three months of the year. With...

    32. FT Data

      April 28, 2015

      A miserable first quarter?

      The Tories must be cursing the Office for National Statistics. Just when they wanted to trumpet solid growth in the...

    33. April 26, 2015

      UK GDP provides highlight amid election campaign

      In many European markets the week will be shorter than usual thanks to the bank holiday on May 1.This week’s highlights...

    34. April 7, 2015

      UK service sector activity boosts hopes for strong growth

      Activity in the UK’s dominant service sector has accelerated to its fastest pace since last summer, boosting hopes for...

    35. March 31, 2015

      UK economic growth revised up to 2.8% in 2014

      UK economic growth for 2014 has been revised up to 2.8 per cent, giving the governing Conservative and Liberal Democrat...

    36. March 3, 2015

      UK construction hits 4-month high

      Building activity in the UK jumped to the highest level in four months in February, providing further evidence the...

    37. February 26, 2015

      Household consumption underpinned UK growth in fourth quarter

      Household consumption underpinned the growth in the UK economy at the end of 2014, dashing hopes of an investment-led...

    38. FT Alphaville

      January 29, 2015

      About that UK economic track record

      Always something of a subjective question, Simon Wren-Lewis, economics professor at Oxford, has had a go at putting the...

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