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    1. May 20, 2015

      Osborne makes priority of boosting UK productivity

      George Osborne has announced plans to improve Britain’s poor productivity record, admitting the country has to deal with...

    2. May 17, 2015

      Business Growth Fund unlocks financing for small UK companies

      A conjuror stepped from behind the curtain at the Magic Circle’s humble headquarter behind London’s Euston Station on...

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    1. May 15, 2015

      UK construction continues to drag on growth

      Despite a bounceback in March, the UK’s construction sector shrank in the first three months of the year, continuing to act...

    2. May 13, 2015

      Walk on the supply side needed for UK economy

      Mark Carney ran a blistering time in the London marathon, trouncing most of the City as well as the handful of MPs so...

    3. 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 could not...

    4. 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 forecasts...

    5. May 12, 2015

      Good corporations should drive the economy

      we will cut spending but not as fast or as nastily as the Conservatives; we be­lieve in a market economy but not very...

    6. May 12, 2015

      The coffee connoisseur’s conundrum

      When she was growing up in the southern US, my friend Anna and her mother had a secret language. She spoke fondly about how...

    7. May 12, 2015

      Survey data point to rising consumer confidence

      Consumer spending on the high street is increasing as Britons become steadily more confident about their finances. An...

    8. May 7, 2015

      Easy money helps angels of the north fly into start-ups

      For the past six years, the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme has been credited with, and blamed for, many of...

    9. 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...

    10. May 6, 2015

      General election: What Britain’s next chancellor cannot know

      Taxation and spending have been at the centre of the economic battleground in this election. These are among the few levers...

    11. May 6, 2015

      Services data ease fears of weakening UK recovery

      Activity in the UK services sector accelerated in April, calming concerns that the overall economic recovery is slowing. The...

    12. May 5, 2015

      Why neither main UK party is competent

      If the Conservatives win enough seats in the general election to retain power, it will be their reputation for economic...

    13. May 1, 2015

      UK factories suffer slower growth in April

      Growth in activity at British factories declined in April, delivering more bad news for the economy just a week after...

    14. April 29, 2015

      Post-election chaos threatens to expose UK economic weaknesses

      For the past two years, Britain has been an island of prosperity off a continent in turmoil. The economy has expanded 10...

    15. 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 general...

    16. 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...

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      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 economy...

    18. 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 just...

    19. April 27, 2015

      Cameron woos small business

      The Conservatives’ launch on Monday of a manifesto for small business was intended to counter claims that their main focus...

    20. April 27, 2015

      Aventa plans to build £325m race circuit in Wales

      Standing on windswept moorland in the Brecon Beacons, Michael Carrick is trying to explain why his company wants to build an...

    21. April 27, 2015

      UK manufacturing recovery has slowed, CBI says

      The speed of the British manufacturing recovery has slowed and companies are more gloomy about their competitiveness in the...

    22. April 27, 2015

      Insolvency rates show ‘stark’ north-south divide

      A “stark” divide between the north and south of England has opened up since the recession in rates of personal insolvency,...

    23. April 26, 2015

      Ruth Markland to join Deloitte as non-executive director

      Ruth Markland, the outgoing senior independent director of Standard Chartered, has been named an independent non-executive...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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