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  1. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2014

    Reform vs seasonality in Chinese GDP stats

    We had feared that one of most famous of Chinese statistical quirks might have abandoned us forever. The reported combined...

  2. August 13, 2014

    Japan suffers worst economic contraction since tsunami of 2011

    Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, providing...

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  1. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    Record remittance inflows boost Bangladesh GDP outlook

    Remittances sent home by Bangladeshi workers overseas rose 19.7 per cent to a record monthly high of $1.4bn in July,...

  2. August 12, 2014

    Q&A: Japan’s GDP and the sales tax shock

    Japan is poised to announce preliminary gross domestic product data for the second quarter on Wednesday. Economists expect...

  3. FT Alphaville

    August 11, 2014

    Demographics and US GDP growth

    Credit Suisse’s global demographics research team came out with a new note on Friday featuring some enlightening charts...

  4. August 5, 2014

    Bank lending at root of UK’s economic ‘puzzles’

    The performance of the UK economy from the start of the financial crisis until early 2013 was unusual in a number of...

  5. August 3, 2014

    London warned of big threat to jobs if UK quits EU

    London could lose more than a million jobs if Britain quits the EU and fails to adopt more outward-looking trade policies,...

  6. August 1, 2014

    Strong pound wipes more than £1bn off profits of big UK companies

    When the International Monetary Fund warned this week that the pound was overvalued, a chorus of agreement would have been...

  7. July 31, 2014

    A swing to the left for the UK?

    The UK has a seriously unbalanced economy, with little spare capacity and a slow trend rate of growth. To correct its...

  8. July 23, 2014

    Bundesbank chief urges UK to stay in EU

    The head of Germany’s central bank has invoked the ghost of Winston Churchill to urge Britain to stay in the EU, before a...

  9. July 16, 2014

    Scottish economy returns to pre-crisis size

    Scotland’s economy has recovered from all the damage it suffered during the downturn, surpassing its pre-crisis size sooner...

  10. July 16, 2014

    China’s GDP: What the economists think

    China’s economic growth accelerated slightly to 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, ahead of economists’ consensus...

  11. July 16, 2014

    China’s second-quarter GDP rises 7.5%

    China’s economy expanded by 7.5 per cent in the second quarter, accelerating slightly from the first quarter and improving...

  12. 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...

  13. July 8, 2014

    UK GDP figures harmed by statistics office move to Wales

    A shortage of suitably qualified economists in Wales means that some of the production of Britain’s national accounts should...

  14. Andrew Smithers

    July 8, 2014

    With GDP, facts depend on how you measure them

    US gross domestic product was increased last year by much more than the growth of the economy. This sleight of hand was...

  15. July 4, 2014

    Has GDP outgrown its use?

    What do the price of hair-salon services in Beijing and sexual services in London have in common? The answer is that,...

  16. June 30, 2014

    UK banks generate less profit than Brazil

    UK banks are still generating less profit than those in France, Australia and Brazil, according to an annual analysis of the...

  17. June 30, 2014

    UK economic output is already above pre-recession peak

    Large revisions to Britain’s national accounts this September will show the recession was shallower than previously thought...

  18. June 27, 2014

    UK business investment bounces back

    UK business investment has risen to its highest level since the financial crisis, in a further sign the economic recovery is...

  19. beyondbrics

    June 19, 2014

    Colombia's GDP: goal!

    Colombia’s GDP data for the first quarter of 2014 came earlier than expected on Thursday morning, as if to be sure to avoid...

  20. beyondbrics

    June 16, 2014

    Brazil's GDP: onwards and downwards

    Will the consensus on Brazil’s economy never bottom out? For the third week in a row, market economists have cut their...

  21. June 16, 2014

    UK poverty on par with former Eastern bloc

    The poorest fifth of British households are among the most economically deprived in western Europe and suffer levels of...

  22. Gavyn Davies

    June 15, 2014

    Will Yellen follow Carney's hawkish surprise?

    Mark Carney delivered a substantial hawkish surprise to the markets in his Mansion House speech on Thursday. After appearing...

  23. June 13, 2014

    Construction data signal strong growth

    The UK construction industry grew strongly in April, providing further evidence the economic recovery has broadened out from...

  24. June 11, 2014

    A new approach is needed for British dealmaking

    Many countries have liberalised their takeover regimes in the past three decades. Thanks to this and the impact of...

  25. beyondbrics

    June 9, 2014

    Brazil's economic outlook: another week, another cut

    Another week, another deterioration in Brazil’s economic outlook. The consensus forecast for economic growth this year,...

  26. June 8, 2014

    Data to give details of China’s inflation, money supply and loans

    A relatively quiet week will allow markets to digest the European Central Bank’s announcements of policy changes last week....

  27. June 3, 2014

    UK construction eases back in May

    Construction activity in the UK eased back in May, but a strong performance from the house building sector helped the index...

  28. beyondbrics

    June 2, 2014

    Brazil's GDP: outlook slumps again

    Source: central bank (click to enlarge) Market economists have sharply downgraded their outlook for Brazilian growth this...

  29. May 29, 2014

    S Korean trade surplus reaches decade high

    Americas US: The economy contracted in the first quarter for only the second time since emerging from recession in 2009....

  30. Money Supply

    May 29, 2014

    Sex, drugs and GDP - how did the ONS do it?

    How do you measure what prostitutes and drug dealers do for the economy? Britain’s official statisticians have had a go –...

  31. Money Supply

    May 29, 2014

    Sex, drugs and GDP - what's going on?

      Drug-dealers and their customers in the UK may be breaking the law, but at least they are making us richer. Illegal...

  32. May 29, 2014

    Drugs and prostitution add £10bn to UK economy

    Prostitutes and drug dealers are set to give Britain a £10bn boost as the country revamps the way it measures its economy....

  33. May 28, 2014

    Spotlight falls on unlikely rebel

    Martin Weale feels a weight of responsibility as he sits in his wood-panelled office in the Bank of England and ponders how...

  34. May 22, 2014

    Business investment hits highest level since 2008

    UK business investment hit its highest level since 2008 in the first quarter of the year in a sign the economic recovery is...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 20, 2014

    AfDB annual meeting: "You can't eat GDP"

    After a day of upbeat comments on Monday, delegates attending the African Development Bank’s annual meeting are sounding a...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 19, 2014

    Africa’s GDP is vastly understated

    Official statistics put Africa’s GDP at about $1.5tn. But Mthuli Ncube, chief economist at the African Development Bank...

  37. FT Alphaville

    May 14, 2014

    On the complexities of introducing ScotlandCoin

    Alternative currencies are being issued left, right and centre these days. So what’s stopping Scotland issuing its own...

  38. FT Alphaville

    May 9, 2014

    B b b b b b b boom! (UK edition)

    Welcome to boom time in the UK. There, we said it. Or rather we’ve spotted that the optimistic Jonathan Stubbs at Citi has...

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