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Food industry warns of higher prices without EU workers

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:17:22 GMT

The UK faces higher food prices without continued access to EU workers, 30 trade associations have warned.

UK trade deficit narrows in October

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 10:57:58 GMT

The UK trade deficit in goods and services narrowed to £2bn in October as exports rose, official figures show.

Batteries charged to play bigger role in UK energy grid

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:53:05 GMT

The government has awarded its first back-up power agreements to battery storage plants.

ECB extends bond-buying scheme but at slower pace

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:45:16 GMT

The European Central Bank will extend its bond-buying scheme by nine months but cut its purchases by €20bn a month.

Japan's third-quarter growth rate revised down sharply

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:01:36 GMT

Japan's economy grew much slower than initially estimated in the third quarter of the year, as business investment fell.

'Tough' year for final salary pensions

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:33:03 GMT

Conditions for final-salary pension schemes will be "tough" in 2017, a review of the sector suggests, with many currently "treading water".

UK manufacturing falls in October, ONS figures show

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:03:00 GMT

Manufacturing growth fell sharply in October, surprising economists, who had predicted a rise.

Housing crisis 'creates in-work poverty'

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:11:50 GMT

Poverty among people who are working has risen despite a recovery in the UK economy, a study suggests.

India surprises by holding rates at six-year low

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:32:39 GMT

India's central bank has unexpectedly held interest rates at a six-year low.

Finance sector 'paid £71.4bn in tax'

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:42:12 GMT

Report finds the UK's financial services sector paid £71.4bn in tax last year - more than 10% of all tax receipts.

Train and track operations to be reunited in rail revamp

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:51:25 GMT

The way England's railways are run is set for a major overhaul, the transport secretary says.

Australia experiences slowest quarterly growth in five years

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:50:01 GMT

Australia's economy shrinks for the first time since 2011 due to subdued spending.

Kenya pins its prosperity hopes on oil

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:10:58 GMT

As Kenya prepares to export oil, the promise of petrodollars has generated high expectations.

Singapore to shut down 2G network

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 23:44:57 GMT

Singapore prepares to shut down its 2G mobile phone network leaving thousands looking for a new service.

Cameroon's 'protected' Penja pepper

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:28:14 GMT

Cameroon's "protected" Penja pepper has helped to transform the region, economically.

The hopping robot and other tech news

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:12:08 GMT

BBC Click's Nick Kwek looks at some of the best of the week's technology news

Artist's Jane Austen fivers 'worth £20,000' to be found

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:36:20 GMT

Artist Graham Short's tiny engravings of Jane Austen on four £5 notes could make anyone who finds one £20,000.

Edible gardens take root in urban Singapore

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:57:55 GMT

On the island of Singapore, young urbanites are being shown how to grow their own tropical-friendly, edible gardens.

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, 18 Oct 2016 10:44:02 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?