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    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...

  2. July 30, 2014

    UK consumer confidence falls for first time in six months

    UK consumer confidence fell in July for the first time in six months, according to a survey, adding to signs that spending...

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  1. July 29, 2014

    UK mortgage approvals rise for first time in five months

    UK mortgage approvals increased in June for the first time since January, signalling that the disruption caused to the...

  2. July 29, 2014

    Ben Broadbent: UK trade deficit is not a threat to growth

    The UK does not need to worry about an “existential threat to UK growth” from Britain’s historically weak trading position,...

  3. July 29, 2014

    Businesses lose out as housing boom forces conversion of offices into homes

    Britain’s strong housing market threatens to choke its economic recovery as developers convert an increasing number of...

  4. July 28, 2014

    London’s employers warn of economic effect of soaring housing costs

    London’s employers say that soaring housing costs are making it harder to find staff and pushing up wages, damaging the...

  5. July 27, 2014

    Feedback: three-day week for all

    Michael Skapinker argued in his column last week that Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecoms boss, was in tune with the times...

  6. July 25, 2014

    UK economy returns to pre-crisis level

    Britain’s economy is finally larger than it was before the financial crisis six years ago after output grew 0.8 per cent in...

  7. July 24, 2014

    IMF forecasts UK to be fastest-growing advanced economy in 2014

    Britain’s economic revival continues to surprise the rest of the world, with the International Monetary Fund on Thursday...

  8. July 24, 2014

    UK retail sales show little growth in June

    Underlying growth in retail sales remains robust, but the UK consumer’s appetite for spending seems to be moderating. The...

  9. July 23, 2014

    UK retail sales heat up with warmer weather

    Retail sales volumes rebounded in July, in a sign that UK consumers are continuing to spend. A monthly retail survey by the...

  10. July 23, 2014

    Mark Carney signals BoE preparing to raise interest rates

    Mark Carney on Wednesday sent the strongest signal yet that the Bank of England was preparing to raise interest rates. But...

  11. July 23, 2014

    BoE governor Mark Carney says UK rate rise drawing closer

    Interest rates “will need to start to rise” in the months ahead, Mark Carney said on Wednesday, while reiterating the Bank...

  12. July 23, 2014

    Bank of England rates decision becoming ‘more balanced’

    Members of the Bank of England’s rate setting committee voted unanimously this month to keep rates and quantitative easing...

  13. July 22, 2014

    Countries can thrive without creating tech billionaires

    F or a country poised to grow faster than the rest of the Group of Seven industrialised nations, Britain retains a curious...

  14. July 22, 2014

    UK borrowing higher than expected

    The UK’s public finances have barely improved in a year, despite four successive quarters of economic growth. This is the...

  15. July 21, 2014

    Pensions safety net nearing self-sufficiency

    The Pension Protection Fund – the statutory safety net underpinning employers’ pension promises – held out the prospect of...

  16. July 21, 2014

    Sterling’s strength dents UK dividends

    Dividend payouts by UK companies have slowed to a crawl as the strength of the pound has taken its toll on profits....

  17. July 20, 2014

    UK attracts record number of foreign investment projects

    The UK has attracted the largest number of inward investment projects since records began in the 1980s, according to...

  18. July 20, 2014

    Tory veteran Ken Clarke warns UK economy remains vulnerable

    Ken Clarke, the former Tory chancellor of the exchequer, has questioned the strength of the UK’s recovery, warning that the...

  19. July 18, 2014

    Wales grows in confidence as politicians seek more powers

    During four years of austerity under the Conservative-led coalition, it has been easy for the Labour government in Wales to...

  20. July 18, 2014

    UK ‘best placed’ to lead market for better cities

    The UK is “best placed” to take advantage of a global market for products and services to improve the way cities function...

  21. July 16, 2014

    CBI warns politicians not to rock the boat

    The head of Britain’s biggest business lobby group has warned politicians not to wreck the country’s “best economic launch...

  22. July 16, 2014

    Britain’s jobs market is booming far beyond the capital

    Records tumbled in Britain’s labour market on Wednesday. The employment rate hit a 40-year high and although the proportion...

  23. 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...

  24. July 16, 2014

    UK employment rate back at record high

    The UK’s employment rate has matched its record high as the economy continued to create jobs at an unprecedented pace. Real...

  25. July 15, 2014

    Companies House moves to transparency by making digital data free

    Companies House is to make all its digital data available free of charge from next spring, which the government says will...

  26. July 15, 2014

    ‘Myopic management’ threatens UK’s growth

    The UK is suffering from “myopic management” that threatens its global competitiveness, an independent commission has...

  27. July 15, 2014

    UK business seeks support for exporters

    Britain needs to raise support for exporters to levels seen in countries such as Germany, France, Italy and South Korea if...

  28. July 15, 2014

    Recession hits young people hardest

    Patterns of household incomes are changing, but not along the neat lines of popular discourse. Rather than a growing divide...

  29. July 14, 2014

    Northeast England maintains lead in business activity growth

    Northeast England achieved the UK’s fastest rise in business activity for a second consecutive month in June, reinforcing...

  30. July 10, 2014

    Burden of late payment on SMEs reaches £40bn

    Small and medium-sized companies are owed nearly £40bn as a result of late payments that are threatening their future,...

  31. FT Alphaville

    July 10, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan spots some work from the ECB on pessimism in forecasts for recovery. NEWS...

  32. July 10, 2014

    UK continues to run large trade deficit

    Britain continued to run a large trade deficit in May but with little sign that the economic recovery over the past year has...

  33. July 10, 2014

    Hays reports strong quarterly growth as UK recovers

    Hays, the largest UK-listed recruiter, expects to provide its shareholders with a dividend increase for the full year on the...

  34. 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...

  35. July 8, 2014

    Businesses expect UK recovery to slow down

    A new survey reports businesses expect the pace of economic recovery to moderate in the second quarter, striking a rare...

  36. July 7, 2014

    Enthusiasm at risk for responsible business programmes

    As economists make guarded statements to the effect that the worst of the financial crisis may be over, a public debate is...

  37. July 7, 2014

    Responsible business: making good work pay is next big imperative

    From policies on sustainable fishing and reducing carbon emissions, to campaigns to encourage clothes donations to Oxfam,...

  38. July 7, 2014

    Political risks top concerns for UK company finance chiefs

    Political risks created by next year’s general election and a potential EU referendum concern the finance chiefs of...

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