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    1. December 24, 2014

      UK current account deficit hits joint record

      The UK’s current account deficit has widened to a joint peacetime record because of falls in receipts from UK investment...

    2. December 23, 2014

      Drinks industry: Low spirits

      The Spotted Pig, a Michelin star gastropub in New York’s trendy west Village, is heaving. The walls, adorned with enough pig...

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    1. December 10, 2014

      UK trade deficit narrows after decline in oil imports

      Britain’s trade deficit improved in October after a fall in oil imports and a small rise in exports, but economists warned...

    2. November 24, 2014

      Music kit maker Focusrite on stairway to Aim float

      A maker of sound equipment founded by a former Led Zeppelin audio engineer plans to float on Aim with a valuation of £80m,...

    3. November 7, 2014

      Heathrow holds key to UK trade revival

      The hidden secret of Britain’s global trade occurs in drab sheds close to Heathrow airport’s Terminal 4, stuffed full of the...

    4. November 7, 2014

      Trade deficit jumps to £2.8bn

      Britain’s trade deficit grew in September to stand at £2.8bn, but the gap between imports and exports of goods and services...

    5. November 5, 2014

      Export strength lifts struggling north

      Despite being in relative economic decline for more than a century, the north is the only English region that exports more...

    6. November 3, 2014

      Strong PMI data fuel manufacturing optimism

      Activity in the UK’s manufacturing sector expanded at its fastest rate in three months in October, fuelled by domestic...

    7. October 31, 2014

      Wartime technology inspires back-up shipping navigation aid

      A navigation system based on technology from the second world war is being installed to guide shipping around Britain in...

    8. October 10, 2014

      Fresh data add to signs of UK slowdown

      Britain’s exports fell in August and the country’s builders also had a bad month, adding to signs of a slight slowdown in...

    9. October 9, 2014

      Osborne warns of eurozone risks to UK

      George Osborne has said the eurozone risks slipping back into crisis and warned the UK economy could not be immune to its...

    10. September 30, 2014

      Mannequin makers with a head for figures

      On a ramshackle industrial estate in northeast London, the weeds are in full flower, and dismembered mannequin legs are...

    11. September 18, 2014

      UK industry hit by fall in export orders

      Manufacturers’ export orders have deteriorated suddenly this month in a sign the UK is starting to feel the effects of the...

    12. September 9, 2014

      UK trade deficit widens again in July

      The UK’s trade deficit widened again in July, highlighting just how much the recovery remains reliant on strong domestic...

    13. August 26, 2014

      Regus hit by strength of sterling

      Regus, the UK-listed serviced office provider, has seen half-year profits from its growing network of international business...

    14. August 25, 2014

      Mid-sized UK companies ignore exports, says survey

      More than half the UK’s midsized companies neither export nor plan to start in the next five years, according to a survey....

    15. August 5, 2014

      Bank lending at root of UK’s economic ‘puzzles’

      The performance of the UK economy from the start of the financial crisis until early 2013 was unusual in a number of...

    16. August 1, 2014

      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...

    17. 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,...

    18. July 28, 2014

      IMF says ‘overvalued’ pound preventing rebalancing

      The International Monetary Fund warned on Monday that the pound was “overvalued” and preventing the rebalancing of the...

    19. July 22, 2014

      Britain accused of hypocrisy in Russia sanctions debate

      The head of France’s ruling Socialist party accused Britain’s David Cameron on Tuesday of hypocrisy for urging Paris to...

    20. July 20, 2014

      Britain risks a ‘supply chain crisis’

      British businesses have poor knowledge of where their products were sourced from and how they were made, making it likely...

    21. July 20, 2014

      UK exports to Chile, China and UAE surge

      UK exports to Chile, China and the United Arab Emirates grew faster than those to any other countries last year as companies...

    22. 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...

    23. July 7, 2014

      George Osborne praises new Indian PM Narendra Modi

      George Osborne has welcomed the “ambition, drive and pace” of Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, as the chancellor...

    24. July 3, 2014

      William Hague and George Osborne to visit new Indian PM

      William Hague and George Osborne will head to India next week to meet Narendra Modi, the country’s recently elected prime...

    25. July 3, 2014

      Liverpool will repeat business festival in 2016

      The International Festival for Business in Liverpool will be repeated in two years’ time after George Osborne said it was...

    26. June 30, 2014

      Middle East sales fuel UK aerospace boom

      UK aerospace companies see big opportunities to export components to Chinese aircraft makers, and are also benefiting from a...

    27. June 29, 2014

      UK in line for ‘robust growth’ in services exports

      Britain’s services exports will rise more swiftly than those of almost every other big economy over the next five years,...

    28. June 27, 2014

      UK business investment bounces back

      UK business investment has risen to its highest level since the financial crisis, in a further sign the economic recovery is...

    29. June 23, 2014

      Ukip’s trade policy would leave Britain isolated and vulnerable

      Say what you like about the UK Independence party, but do not call them economic isolationists. Ukip is mustard-keen on free...

    30. June 18, 2014

      Trade, the pound and the recovery

      The speed and strength of Britain’s economic recovery has taken many experts by surprise, not least Mark Carney, the...

    31. June 18, 2014

      UK trade with China still lags behind competitors

      Britain still has some way to go before reaping the full benefit in exports from China’s rapid growth but there are hopes...

    32. June 17, 2014

      China trade deals at centre of Li Keqiang visit to UK

      BP and Royal Dutch Shell will sign deals with Chinese state energy giant Cnooc on Tuesday as the centrepiece of trade...

    33. June 12, 2014

      No shelter for Britain in European halfway houses

      The UK is, has been and always will be a European country. The EU remains far and away the UK’s biggest trading partner and...

    34. June 12, 2014

      Chinese premier to meet Queen Elizabeth during UK visit

      The Chinese premier will be given a rare meeting with Queen Elizabeth when he visits the UK next week, according to...

    35. June 11, 2014

      MPs warn over ship emissions rules

      Tighter international controls next year on sulphur emissions from ships will increase the price of diesel, cost 2,000 jobs...

    36. June 11, 2014

      UK car exports double in past decade to £25bn

      British car exports have doubled in value during the past decade, as UK factories increased production and shifted to...

    37. June 11, 2014

      We must do more to help British businesses go global

      A customer who runs an engineering company recently told me how, when he visited his business partners in Switzerland and...

    38. June 9, 2014

      Liverpool kicks off International Festival for Business

      Britain’s biggest business event since the 2012 London Olympics begins in Liverpool on Monday as part of a government...

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