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      Ruth Markland to join Deloitte as non-executive director

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    2. April 23, 2015

      Drop in fuel purchases weakens March UK retail sales

      UK retail sales fell unexpectedly in March, raising questions about how strong next week’s first-quarter growth figures will...

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    1. April 23, 2015

      George Osborne hits UK deficit reduction target for 2014-15

      George Osborne has met his deficit reduction target for 2014-15 with new data showing that borrowing fell by more than £10bn...

    2. April 22, 2015

      UK food banks used record 1m times in year

      The news that food banks were visited a record million times last year has turned a spotlight on the nature of Britain’s...

    3. April 22, 2015

      Three easy tests that all the British parties flunk

      The fate of the next British government will be determined by productivity. As the Bank of England said on Wednesday,...

    4. April 21, 2015

      UK’s weak productivity invites a bolder response

      Raise the subject of productivity in any gathering of UK economists and the mood will surely darken. Insofar as opinions...

    5. April 20, 2015

      UK economy failing to innovate

      Britain has been issued a fresh warning over its poor record in innovation and embracing technological change, with new...

    6. April 20, 2015

      UK’s productivity gap has grown under coalition government

      “We literally cannot afford to go on like this,” was the stark warning from the UK coalition government four years ago in...

    7. April 20, 2015

      FTSE 250 dividends rise 20% in first quarter

      Underlying dividends paid out by FTSE 250 companies — generally seen as a proxy for UK industry — rose one-fifth in the...

    8. April 19, 2015

      Weighing up four theories on the UK’s productivity gap

      Theories abound over the causes of the UK’s slump in productivity since the financial crisis; here are four explanations. It...

    9. April 19, 2015

      Solving productivity puzzle is key to government finances

      Britain’s advanced economy and comfortable living standards have been built on productivity growth. Ever since the...

    10. April 19, 2015

      Government rolls out new school careers guidance scheme

      Nicky Morgan came under heavy fire from MPs in January over the coalition government’s inadequate careers service provision...

    11. April 17, 2015

      Unemployment falls to seven-year low

      Britain’s employment rate has climbed to a fresh record while joblessness is the lowest for almost seven years, a boon for...

    12. April 16, 2015

      Politicians’ poll pledges hit by fickle forecasts on UK economy

      Politicians received a sharp reminder this week of the dangers of aligning policy promises with economic forecasts. The...

    13. April 15, 2015

      IMF warns UK on deficit reduction plans

      Britain’s next government will not be able to balance its books by the end of the decade, the International Monetary Fund...

    14. April 14, 2015

      IMF praises UK’s ‘solid’ growth

      Britain’s economy and growth rate is “solid”, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday, providing a boost to the...

    15. April 14, 2015

      UK inflation stays at zero in March

      The UK has avoided its first period of deflation since the 1960s for another month, with prices remaining unchanged in the...

    16. April 13, 2015

      Business activity jumps in England and Wales

      Business activity in England is rising at its fastest rate for seven months and in Wales is at its highest since July 2014,...

    17. April 10, 2015

      Data show further decline in UK construction in February

      The Conservatives’ hopes of gaining a pre-election boost from strong economic growth figures have taken a knock, with...

    18. April 9, 2015

      Weak UK trade data spark Q1 growth fears

      The UK’s trade deficit worsened by far more than expected in February, underscoring the lack of progress in rebalancing the...

    19. April 9, 2015

      UK business body cautious on outlook for exports and investment

      UK companies still face problems in areas such as export and investment, even as the country looks set for another quarter...

    20. April 8, 2015

      New registration plates boost UK March car sales to record

      The launch of the new “15” registration plate helped the UK ring up its best March car sales ever, extending the industry’s...

    21. 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 a...

    22. April 6, 2015

      US non-manufacturing data watched for signs of recovery slowdown

      The Bank of Japan and the Bank of England will both make policy announcements this week. In terms of data, highlights...

    23. April 5, 2015

      Shortage of suppliers takes shine off accelerating motor industry

      The electric supercharger conceived in Essex is British innovation at its best. A compressor driven by an electric motor...

    24. April 5, 2015

      Consumers shun high street shops for leisurely treats

      Concern is rising that recovery is bypassing much of the UK high street as consumers choose to spend extra money on leisure,...

    25. March 31, 2015

      Rival UK economic plans come under scrutiny

      Conservative plans to cut borrowing more quickly than their political rivals would slow the recovery a little, but make...

    26. 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...

    27. March 29, 2015

      The bookmakers’ guide to the 2015 UK election

      If you accept that the main interest of investors is to form objective judgments about the outcome of uncertain future...

    28. March 26, 2015

      Karmic payback for a UK city the crisis killed

      The recorded commentary of Birmingham’s Ferris wheel used to announce: “Ici, L’Arc de Triomphe”, lifting fun-seekers high...

    29. March 26, 2015

      Bank of England warns about financial stability threats

      The Bank of England has warned that international factors including the debt crisis in Greece and China’s slowdown pose a...

    30. March 26, 2015

      UK retail sales rise as high street prices fall

      Britons went on a shopping spree last month as prices on the high street fell by the most on record, dispelling fears the UK...

    31. March 26, 2015

      UK has come to terms with austerity, study suggests

      UK facing up to austerity, study suggests After five years of deep spending cuts, the British public has largely come to...

    32. FT Data

      March 25, 2015

      I quit! Job resignations and the UK labour puzzle

      When we report on labour markets, we tend to focus on net changes in employment, unemployment and inactivity. But those...

    33. March 19, 2015

      Boasts debunked as France gets last laugh over UK on productivity

      The chancellor’s Budget speech on Wednesday was peppered with references to Britain’s fine economic health compared with...

    34. March 19, 2015

      Britain can only walk tall if productivity is reignited

      Afascinating feature of the looming UK election is that it is being fought over economic history. So George Osborne,...

    35. March 19, 2015

      David Cameron takes a holiday from the world

      Shortly after David Cameron’s arrival in Downing Street, an official observed that the UK prime minister showed slight...

    36. March 18, 2015

      Osborne eases austerity as poll nears

      George Osborne has used his pre-election Budget to temper his austerity plans, seeking to soften his “Iron Chancellor” image...

    37. March 18, 2015

      Budget 2015: Osborne’s rosy words conceal old problems

      George Osborne sought to paint a rosy picture of the economy in his budget speech on Wednesday, dubbing Britain “the...

    38. March 18, 2015

      UK Budget 2015: Osborne plots a gentler path out of austerity

      Any Budget close to a general election has more to say about politics than the economic condition of the nation. On...

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