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UK inflation falls to 1.6%

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 inflation fell to 1.6 per cent in March, down from…

US retail sales exceed expectations

Global: The World Trade Organisation has raised its forecast for the growth in global trade this year to 4.7 per cent, although it has also said “downside risks abound” in…

UK fixed investment set to grow 7%

UK fixed investment is likely to grow at nearly double its pre-recession rate this year, according to HSBC, which says the bank will “significantly” increase net lending to smaller companies.…

UK retail sales fall for second month

©Bloomberg Pedestrians walk by shops on the high street Guildford, UK UK retail sales fell for the second month running in March, with the later timing of Easter holidays hitting…

Southwest helps power economic recovery

©Getty The railway line at Dawlish reopened this month after £35m worth of repairs to flood damage Southwest England may have had more than its share of rain over the…

Bundled debt will quicken recovery

While the European Central Bank ponders the use of exotic instruments such as negative interest rates and perhaps even quantitative easing, it has one other tool in its box: a…

France backtracks over EU deficit target

©Reuters French prime minister Manuel Valls France’s Socialist government has said Paris will stick to its budget deficit target , set by the EU, for 2015 – despite earlier indications…

WTO raises global trade forecasts

WTO raises global trade forecasts

The World Trade Organisation has raised its forecast for growth in global trade this year to 4.7 per cent, while warning that risks such as the slowdown in developing economies…

Osborne courts right with tax cuts study

©Reuters Chancellor George Osborne George Osborne will appeal to the right wing of the Conservative party on Monday with the publication of further government research that seeks to demonstrate the…

Southern UK house prices hit fresh peak

©Bloomberg House prices in southern England have hit record highs, as surging London values “ripple” across parts of the country, according to the property site Rightmove. Asking prices have reached…

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