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UK inflation falls to lowest in a year

<b>UK inflation fell to 2.5% in March, down from 2.7% in February, official figures show</b><p><i>This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.</i>

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Ducking and diving on infrastructure won’t drag us into the 21st century

Britain’s reluctance to invest in national improvement is just one consequence of this seemingly endless era of austerity<p>There are measures of how broke the UK has become wherever you look. And it’s not just the public sector that is showing the strain.<p>The vast sums needed to keep up with 21st …

Economics

Will the UK's finances ever get back into the black?

It is not every day that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is compared to a saint. Unfortunately for Philip Hammond, the comparison is not a positive one. It is not that his Budget is full of holes, like Saint Sebastian. Nor has he been fed to the lions, like an early Christian martyr.<p>No, instead he …

Growth better - warning lights flashing on interest rates

<b>When Mark Carney channelled his inner Gwyneth Paltrow and wondered aloud when the UK might "consciously recouple" with the global economy, he was sending a delicate signal wrapped in some Hollywood glamour.</b><p>Today, that delicate signal - first given in a BBC interview the Governor of the Bank of …

Economics

Osborne urges PM to focus on north-south divide

<b>The former chancellor, George Osborne, has urged the prime minister to focus on poor education attainment in the north to boost British growth.</b><p>Mr Osborne said that the project he launched whilst he was still at the Treasury - the Northern Powerhouse - was still vital for the economy.<p>Concerns arose …

United Kingdom

The UK’s corporate productivity challenge, in charts

One of the many public policy challenges vying for ministers’ attention as Britain negotiates its exit from the EU is how to boost the economy’s …

Economics

Deficit restraint puts UK economy on better course

Strong data on UK deficit reduction, robust productivity growth and continued high employment prompted Britain’s finance ministers to vie for the …

Economics

How easyJet is quietly looking to overtake its noisy neighbours

After a fairly torrid year for the airline industry, from the collapse of Monarch, the IT meltdown of British Airways (BA) and the relentless travails of Ryanair, easyJet seems alone in having cause for celebration.<p>This week the low-cost carrier announced a strong start to 2018 - sales rose more …

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

240-seat A321LR takes to the skies with 7,400km rangeAirbus has flown a new version of its A320 jetliner that it hopes will take the twin-engine …

Long Haul

Media groups face choice of eat or be eaten

Under pressure from technology giants such as Amazon, Apple and Netflix, and the prospect of big traditional players getting bigger — from Walt …

Media Industry

15 Disruptive Technology Trends to watch in 2017

D/SRUPTION explores the tech that will shape the year ahead<p>There is no doubt that 2016 was a breakthrough year for some of the technologies we have …

Pokémon Go

Pint-Sized but Powerful

Germany's legendary small and mid-sized companies invest better, are more productive and retain more profits than their exchange-listed …

Is free trade good or bad?

<b>Free trade is something of a sacred cow in the economics profession.</b><p>Moving towards it, rather slowly, has also been one of the dominant features of the post-World War Two global economy.<p>Now there are new challenges to that development.<p>The UK is leaving the European Union and the single market - …

Globalization

The lesson for diagnosing a bubble

Here are three noteworthy pronouncements about bubbles.<p>“Prices have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.” That was Professor Irving …

Stock Markets

No-deal Brexit will cost everyone in UK £1,585, says US thinktank

Rand Corporation study finds that under even the softest Brexit scenario, Britain will be worse off than under ‘no-Brexit’<p>A no-deal Brexit would take 4.7% out of UK economy over 10 years, costing the UK £105bn and each member of the population £1,585, research by a US thinktank has found.<p>The study …

United Kingdom

Foreign investors back Brexit Britain

Britain is the number one destination in Europe for foreign direct investment, according to figures that revealed a surge in inflows to levels not seen since before the financial crisis.<p>In a vote of confidence in Brexit Britain, UK FDI inflows soared to $253.7bn (£197bn) in 2016, up from £33bn the …

UK inflation rate at near six-year high

<b>Inflation rose to 3.1% in November, the highest in nearly six years, as the squeeze on households continued.</b><p>The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that airfares and computer games contributed to the increase.<p>The most recent data shows that average weekly wages are growing at just 2.2%.<p>Mark …

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Economics

Robot warning over living wage rise

<b>The rapid increase in the living wage could mean that more jobs are replaced by robots, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has warned.</b><p>The think tank said with the hourly rate set to top £8.50 per hour by 2020, more jobs may be at risk of automation.<p>Firms are more likely to invest in robots and …

Economics

UK economy in 2018: steady growth tempered by Brexit politics

Forty years ago, Ian Dury and the Blockheads released Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 – listing some of the better things in life as Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in the months following the winter of discontent.<p>Fast forward to the opening days of 2018 and fresh political tumult threatens …

Economics

Globalisation: time to look at historic mistakes to plot the future

Fifteen years ago, I published Globalisation and Its Discontents<i>,</i> a book that sought to explain why there was so much dissatisfaction with globalisation within the developing countries. Quite simply, many believed the system was rigged against them, and global trade agreements were singled out for …

Economics

Do globalisation and world trade fuel inequality?

Rising inequality since the 1980s is clearly a serious problem that merits political attention. But focusing solely on trade is not the way to resolve it<p>Inequality has become a major political preoccupation in the advanced economies – and for good reason. In the US, according to the recently …

Economics

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

<b>Sky and BT have have signed a deal to sell their channels on each other's platforms.</b><p>Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports channels - which show UEFA Champions League and Premier League football - to Sky.<p>In addition, BT will be able to sell Sky's Now TV service - which includes Sky Sports, …

UEFA Champions League

Churning out graduates won’t make us richer

Tackling youth unemployment and the skills gap

New stats show unemployment in the UK is being replaced by chronic 'underemployment'

The official rate of unemployment is 4.3% of all workers, or 1.46 million people. That is a historic low not seen since 1975, according to the ONS. Normally it would be cause for celebration.<p>But the percentage of workers who want more hours, or part-time workers who want better jobs, is nearly …

Employment

This chart highlights one of Europe's biggest problems

High youth unemployment rates have been a problem across the world since the global financial crisis.<p>One region that had been hit particularly hard by this trend is Europe — both in developed and emerging parts of the continent, and eurozone youth unemployment remains stubbornly high in parts of …

Europe

How the US Federal Reserve sets interest rates

<b>With so much of politics, economics, culture - not to mention every other facet of human existence - taking place online, it is startling to realise that such a loose and baggy concept as the "centre of the global economy," can actually be located somewhere real: in a particular grey stone building</b> …

Federal Reserve

Price of Football 2017: Young adult fans are 'put off' by cost of football

<b>The BBC Price of Football study has found the majority of ticket prices have been frozen or have fallen for a third year - yet a poll of young adult football fans suggests the cost is still putting them off.</b><p>This year BBC Sport asked more than 200 clubs across the United Kingdom for information on …

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