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  1. September 16, 2014

    UK inflation falls to 1.5% in August

    Britain’s inflation rate has fallen further below the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target to the joint lowest in five years,...

  2. September 16, 2014

    UK house prices jump 11.7% in year to July

    The average home in London now costs more than £500,000 after the fastest rise in house prices in seven years, while...

  1. September 5, 2014

    UK consumers sceptical on falling prices

    Official data may show prices are falling on the UK high street, but consumers are not convinced. The latest quarterly...

  2. August 29, 2014

    M&G unveils bond fund to weather interest rate rise

    M & G is to launch a global bond fund that aims to protect the value of investors’ capital from rising interest rates,...

  3. August 26, 2014

    Currency headwinds are part of the corporate climate

    The list of UK companies not adversely affected by the strength of sterling just got shorter. On Tuesday, WPP and Regus...

  4. August 20, 2014

    MPC dissenters still seen as outliers unable to shift policy

    It seems dissent is back in fashion at the Bank of England. Rune watchers no longer need to speculate about the semantic...

  5. August 20, 2014

    Bank of England unanimity on rates crumbles

    The Bank of England has moved a step closer to ending the era of ultra-low borrowing costs after two of the nine Monetary...

  6. August 19, 2014

    Rail fares to rise 3.5% in January

    Campaigners reacted with anger to the news that rail fares in England would rise by an average 3.5 per cent in January – and...

  7. August 19, 2014

    Inflation fall reduces chance of UK rate rise

    Sterling dropped on Tuesday to its lowest level in more than four months as weaker than expected UK inflation figures...

  8. August 15, 2014

    Housing costs weigh on UK disposable incomes, think-tank finds

    Nearly 1m working households in the UK are spending more than half their disposable income on housing costs, according to...

  9. August 13, 2014

    Markets push rate rise bets back after BoE report

    The Bank of England has halved its wage growth forecast for this year, leaving financial markets betting that UK interest...

  10. July 15, 2014

    Sterling jumps on UK inflation surprise

    Sterling was driven higher on Tuesday as UK inflation closed in on the Bank of England’s target rate, forcing investors into...

  11. July 15, 2014

    UK inflation jumps to 1.9%

    Expectations have grown that Britain’s first interest rate rise in the current economic cycle will come around the turn of...

  12. July 9, 2014

    Price falls in UK shops accelerate

    UK shop prices fell in June at their fastest rate for at least eight years as the impact of the strong pound and the...

  13. June 17, 2014

    UK inflation rate falls to four-year low

    Britain’s inflation rate has fallen unexpectedly to its lowest for more than four years thanks to a price war among...

  14. June 12, 2014

    Carney tells UK to prepare for rate rises

    Mark Carney has warned households, companies and financial markets to prepare for an interest rate rise, saying the first...

  15. June 9, 2014

    Confidence in UK financial system hits post-crisis high

    Confidence in the UK financial system has hit a new post-crisis high as risk officers play down the danger of a major shock...

  16. 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...

  17. May 22, 2014

    Rural cost of living falls in the UK

    Declining prices at the petrol pump are driving down the cost of living in the countryside, where inflation reached more...

  18. May 20, 2014

    Inflation rise blamed on seasonal factors

    A rise in the UK’s headline rate of inflation to 1.8 per cent – bucking the trend of the previous six months of consecutive...

  19. May 15, 2014

    Land Securities takes cautious path as property market nears peak

    Land Securities has questioned how long the upturn in the commercial real estate market can last, following a rapid...

  20. May 14, 2014

    Carney cautious on rate rise in spite of jobs data

    Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor, on Wednesday played down expectations of an imminent rise in interest rates...

  21. May 14, 2014

    Labour market is ‘too flexible’, says Cable

    More jobs were created in the UK economy in the first three months of the year than at any time since records began in 1971...

  22. May 12, 2014

    Investors bet on BoE acting to ease property market and raise rates

    Investors are betting the Bank of England will confirm on Wednesday that it will act to take some heat out of the housing...

  23. May 1, 2014

    House price inflation casts shadow over signs of UK recovery

    Rapid house price inflation is casting a shadow over an otherwise positive run of data showing the UK economic recovery is...

  24. April 27, 2014

    ONS figures to show economic recovery gathering pace

    Economists expect official figures this week will show the recovery gathering momentum, which is likely to provide a boost...

  25. April 23, 2014

    Why market calm is making BoE uneasy

    It is not quite a twitch of the governor’s eyebrows, but when the Bank of England says it is surprised that markets are so...

  26. April 16, 2014

    Misery index drops but don’t throw caution to the wind

    Major news in British politics: Britons’ earnings after inflation did not fall in the three months to February. Real...

  27. April 15, 2014

    Economic experiments are fraught with danger

    It always seemed likely the UK’s elevated inflation rate in recent years would prove to be a temporary phenomenon. With...

  28. April 15, 2014

    Osborne welcomes fall in UK inflation

    George Osborne on Tuesday welcomed a fall in inflation to 1.6 per cent, amid hopes at the Treasury that data to be published...

  29. April 15, 2014

    UK inflation falls to 1.6%

    A further fall in the UK’s inflation rate has boosted hopes the squeeze on living standards is easing. Consumer price...

  30. March 25, 2014

    UK inflation falls to lowest level in four years

    A sharp drop in inflation has raised the prospects of an ease in the squeeze on living standards and that interest rates...

  31. Andrew Smithers

    March 25, 2014

    When should UK interest rates rise?

    “When will the Bank of England raise interest rates?” is the usual question. “When should it?” is the important one. The...

  32. March 13, 2014

    High-tech update for ONS inflation basket

    DVD recorders are out – but online video streaming is in – in the annual update to the basket of goods used to measure...

  33. March 11, 2014

    MPs expose differences among UK monetary policy makers

    The Bank of England has been censured by MPs for destroying records of its rate-setting meetings, as divisions between its...

  34. February 21, 2014

    Low inflation can be a disease not a cure

    ‘UK consumer inflation has fallen below the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target for the first time in four years.’ Financial...

  35. February 18, 2014

    UK inflation falls below Bank of England target of 2%

    UK consumer inflation has fallen below the Bank of England’s 2 per cent target for the first time in four years, boosting...

  36. February 12, 2014

    Bank of England’s Mark Carney drops jobs link with interest rates

    Interest rates are unlikely to rise before next year’s election, the Bank of England indicated on Wednesday, as it unveiled...

  37. February 5, 2014

    UK shop prices fall for ninth month in a row

    UK shop prices fell for a ninth consecutive month in January, as retailers cut prices to encourage spending. Prices of...

  38. January 30, 2014

    IFS data show squeeze on incomes for UK households

    The average British household is 6 per cent poorer than before the financial crash and is very unlikely to recover that lost...

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