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    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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. January 24, 2014

    Davos shows Mark Carney’s style as BoE governor

    The change of style under the Bank of England’s governor Mark Carney was on full display this week in Davos. While his...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Statistical tug of war on UK living standards

    The UK government has said living standards are improving, but Labour insists they are still falling. Who is right? As...

  14. January 24, 2014

    UK claims take-home pay rising faster than inflation

    Take-home pay has risen in real terms for most British workers in the past year, the coalition claims, as it seeks to...

  15. January 16, 2014

    The Bank of England must go slow on tightening

    Should the Bank of England soon start tightening monetary policy? My answer is no. As important, rates might remain...

  16. January 14, 2014

    Carney’s lucky streak continues as UK inflation slows to 2%

    Mark Carney’s lucky streak has continued, with inflation hitting the Bank of England’s target for the first time in more...

  17. January 8, 2014

    Steepest annual fall in UK shop prices for seven years

    Shop prices fell last month at their steepest annual rate for at least seven years in a boon for Britain’s squeezed...

  18. December 20, 2013

    Bank of England becomes more cautious on economic predictions

    The Bank of England has become more pessimistic about Britain’s growth and export performance after publishing its first...

  19. December 17, 2013

    UK inflation falls to four-year low of 2.1%

    UK inflation fell to a four-year low in November, dipping to 2.1 per cent from 2.2 per cent in October on the back of lower...

  20. December 17, 2013

    Twentysomethings are not the only unlucky generation

    We have grown used to each generation being better off than the last as national income has risen since the second world...

  21. December 4, 2013

    Building groups in London warn of price rises as work picks up

    Building contractors in London are warning of rising prices over the next 18 months as demand for construction collides with...

  22. November 18, 2013

    London living

    Contrary to popular legend, the streets of London are not paved with gold. The relentless influx of people and money into...

  23. November 13, 2013

    Bank of England accelerates jobs forecast

    The Bank of England believes the UK economy is recovering so quickly that it is likely to consider raising interest rates...

  24. November 12, 2013

    Data shift focus to MPC rates strategy

    Rapidly moderating inflation in October has created an “exceptionally favourable” backdrop for Wednesday’s Bank of England...

  25. November 12, 2013

    Sterling gets slippery as data emerge

    It’s already been a busy week for sterling. It could get even more frantic. On Tuesday, the pound fell sharply after the...

  26. November 12, 2013

    UK inflation falls to 2.2% in October

    Britain’s inflation rate fell sharply to 2.2 per cent in the year to October, with the rise in university tuition fees...

  27. October 24, 2013

    UK public expects higher inflation

    Rising UK energy prices have caused a surge in the public’s inflation expectations, putting pressure on the Bank of England...

  28. October 15, 2013

    UK inflation holds steady at 2.7%

    Britain’s inflation rate held steady in September, defying economists’ expectations that it would fall slightly. The annual...

  29. September 23, 2013

    Bank of England’s Broadbent defends guidance

    The Bank of England launched a defence of its forward guidance on Monday, with one of its monetary policy makers claiming...

  30. September 19, 2013

    The snags in forward guidance are starting to show

    Investors have, this week, been shocked because of so-called forward guidance – the latest vogue in monetary policy, whereby...

  31. September 17, 2013

    UK inflation rate falls to 2.7%

    Britain’s inflation rate has fallen slightly thanks to smaller price increases for clothes and transport than a year ago....

  32. September 6, 2013

    Carney scores mixed success in his quest to win over believers

    What are aspirant savers, small business owners and homebuyers to think? One month after the Bank of England issued its...

  33. August 25, 2013

    Martin Weale voices concerns over Bank of England guidance

    Bank of England policy makers have the difficult task of kick-starting a recovery without appearing to have gone soft on...

  34. August 14, 2013

    Doubts and dissent over Mark Carney’s big idea

    Investors found more reasons to doubt the Bank of England’s promise to hold rates low for three years on Wednesday,...

  35. August 13, 2013

    Carney has not yet bent the markets to his will

    It was not quite the debut that Mark Carney must have hoped for when, last Wednesday, the Bank of England’s new governor...

  36. August 13, 2013

    Commuters protest at above-inflation rise in rail fares

    Ministers faced a broadside of protest on Tuesday from angry commuters who will endure an average 4.1 per cent rise in rail...

  37. July 16, 2013

    UK inflation hits 2.9% in June

    Inflation in the UK rose to 2.9 per cent in June, the highest in more than a year, but nonetheless low enough to spare the...

  38. July 1, 2013

    Please be sure to share your thoughts, Mr Carney

    As Mark Carney, the new governor of the Bank of England, sits down for the first time with his colleagues and staff, he will...

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