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UK retail sales fall sharply in December

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:26:44 GMT

Retail sales in December saw the biggest monthly fall for more than four and a half years.

China's economy grows 6.7% in 2016

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:46:46 GMT

The figure meets Beijing's forecasts, but some say growth is slower than the official data suggests.

Davos: Hammond admits 'Brexit fog' impact on investment

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:00:18 GMT

The chancellor says Brexit uncertainty may delay some investment, but the pound's fall is attracting foreign firms.

Mnuchin defends record during treasury secretary hearing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:21:32 GMT

Donald Trump's choice of treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, defends his record during Capitol Hill grilling.

European Central Bank keeps key interest rate on hold

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:22:44 GMT

The European Central Bank keeps its main interest rate unchanged at zero for another month.

Brexit will damage UK and EU, says Pierre Moscovici

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:57:15 GMT

The EU's economics commissioner says the UK will lose advantages when it leaves the EU "club".

Nafta renegotiation 'is trade priority' says Ross

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:21:44 GMT

Renegotiating the US deal with Canada and Mexico is the Trump administration's top trade priority, says Wilbur Ross.

UK unemployment falls to 1.6 million

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:35:54 GMT

UK unemployment fell by 52,000 to 1.6 million in three months to November, official figures show.

Biden to Davos: Top 1% 'not carrying their weight'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:52:18 GMT

Outgoing US Vice-President Joe Biden tells Davos tax breaks for the rich do not generate growth.

Public finances 'unsustainable' says OBR

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:53:53 GMT

The chancellor is likely to find it impossible to balance the books in the years ahead without raising taxes or cutting spending, the OBR is warning.

Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:18:57 GMT

Theresa May sets out UK hopes for Brexit talks, warning that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

UK inflation rate jumps to 1.6%

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:38:46 GMT

Inflation hit its highest rate since July 2014 last month as air fares and food prices rose.

House price inflation picking up again, ONS says

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:24:43 GMT

UK house prices continued to grow strongly in the year to November, official figures indicate.

European vegetables: 'Perfect storm' raises prices

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:50:46 GMT

The impact of wet and cold weather means yields in Spain and Italy are much lower and prices higher.

Hammond: UK-US ties to 'prosper' under Trump

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:40:38 GMT

Chancellor Philip Hammond says the UK's relationship with the Trump administration will "prosper", but he warns against short-term thinking.

May on UK jobs: 'Very good discussion with banks'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:57:23 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May has had "very good, positive discussions" with big banks about how they might be encouraged to stay in the the City of London.

Will Trump's corporate 'tax holiday' plans hit Ireland?

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:47:19 GMT

Proposed tax incentives could encourage some US companies to leave Ireland and return home.

Davos 2017: Teens' virtual reality challenge

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:12:45 GMT

A group of Swiss teens has been invited to take a virtual reality challenge at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Nigeria's kids' clothing seamstress-turned-entrepreneur

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:23:21 GMT

Adenike Ogunlesi found an exciting market for kids' clothing through her fashion label Ruff 'n' Tumble.

Barclays boss: UK will remain financial lungs of Europe

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:54:00 GMT

Jes Staley, chief executive of Barclays, says the UK will continue to be the "financial lungs" of Europe even after it leaves the EU.

Weighing it up

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:14:56 GMT

Free trade has been a dominant part of the post-WW2 global economy, but it is now being challenged.

East to West

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:44:17 GMT

The Yiwu-to-Barking express is the newest way to send your freight from China to Europe.

Reality check

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:33:20 GMT

Theresa May says she wants an agreement with the customs union but not full membership.

Your questions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:06:09 GMT

BBC Economics Correspondent Andrew Walker answers your questions on Theresa May's Brexit speech.

Money for nothing?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:13:26 GMT

Two thousand jobless Finns are being given a basic income instead of welfare.

Concrete conundrum

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:54:07 GMT

Concrete has a pretty poor reputation, yet this ubiquitous material has largely overlooked benefits.

Obama's legacy

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:03:44 GMT

How US job creation tells the story of outgoing US President Barack Obama's economic legacy.

After Brexit

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:16:46 GMT

From the environment to subsidies, trade tariffs to animal welfare, farming has the most to lose - and gain - from Brexit.

Business in 2016

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 02:43:56 GMT

2016 saw two dramatic votes: the UK's Brexit decision and Donald Trump's election as US president.

The iPhone at 10

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 02:18:43 GMT

Tim Harford tells the surprising story of how the iPhone became a truly revolutionary technology.

Engine of growth

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 01:07:35 GMT

Rudolf Diesel died in mysterious circumstances before he was able to capitalise on his ingenious invention.

Housing worries

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:28:11 GMT

Property prices in China's cities are soaring, making it hard for many to own their own place.

US rate rise

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:51:25 GMT

The US central bank has raised interest rates for just the second time in 10 years. How does it affect me in the UK?

Troubled times

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:58:48 GMT

Italy's struggling banks now face added uncertainty after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's heavy referendum defeat.

Bargain bonanzas

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:04:24 GMT

There's no escaping Black Friday - but how does the discount day compare with other retail bonanzas?

TPP deal

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:10:53 GMT

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is one of the most ambitious free trade agreements ever signed. But why does it matter?

Tricky situation

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 11:43:54 GMT

Can Chancellor Hammond maintain the government's reputation for being austere with the nation's finances?

Brexit exposed?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:14:34 GMT

Will the Autumn Statement reveal more about the government's Brexit plans than about the economy?

Housing squeeze

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:45:42 GMT

Private renters explain how their lives are affected by rising costs, as a survey suggests 76% of people would like government regulation for the private rental sector.

India unmoved

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:06:32 GMT

What effect has Theresa May's visit to India had on relations between the two countries?

'We are owed more'

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:08:43 GMT

The US state of West Virginia is struggling as the coal industry declines, but most residents blame politicians' apathy for the state's troubles.

Bank boss

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:02:47 GMT

When Mark Carney became the Bank of England's governor in 2013 he was the first non-Briton to be appointed in the Bank's 300-year history. He will now stay until 2019.

American jeans

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 00:24:30 GMT

Two decades after the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed the remains of the US denim industry are still struggling to hold on.

Lost riches

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 23:07:39 GMT

Can Brazil's "oil capital", Macae, bounce back after the Petrobras scandal?

Falling behind?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:24:36 GMT

Does the falling value of the pound mean that the UK economy has fallen behind France?

Never done

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:18:30 GMT

The World Economic Forum estimates that globally women work 39 more days a year than men when unpaid labour is factored in.

Inflation means inflation

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:50:23 GMT

Sooner or later, the downward pressure on the pound since the UK's Brexit vote is expected to lead to upward pressure on the prices of most things we buy.

The business of hedging

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:09:51 GMT

Hedging is an important part of financial safeguarding for businesses - but what exactly is it?

Fear of falling

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 12:45:43 GMT

The pound is down and it looks like it's staying down - why should I care?