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UK unemployment falls to new 42-year low

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:07:35 GMT

The jobless rate has fallen to 4.4% official figures show, but the squeeze on real incomes continues.

Is the wages puzzle getting less puzzling?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:31:16 GMT

The latest unemployment figures may finally provide a clue on how to solve the wages puzzle.

National Minimum Wage: Workers win £2m compensation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:23 GMT

The government's latest campaign lists 230 employers who failed to pay the minimum wage.

Amazon to open new Severn Beach warehouse in 2018

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:11:32 GMT

The retail giant says its new Bristol warehouse will create over 1,000 jobs.

US calls for 'major' Nafta overhaul

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:19:56 GMT

Talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement began in Washington on Wednesday.

IMF warns on China's credit boom

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:52:52 GMT

The International Monetary Fund says that China's credit growth is on a "dangerous trajectory".

UK Brexit position paper opposes Irish border posts

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:33:57 GMT

The government does not envisage border posts or CCTV cameras along the 300-mile Irish land frontier.

No reverse on 6.1% student interest rate

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:47:16 GMT

The government has ruled out any reversing on plans for higher interest charges on student loans.

July inflation steady as fuel prices fall

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:51:20 GMT

The CPI measure of inflation remains unchanged at 2.6% as cheaper fuel offsets rise in food and clothes.

Rail fares face biggest rise for five years

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:33:59 GMT

Millions of rail users will see the price of regulated rail fares rise by up to 3.6% in January.

Brexit: UK suggests 'untested' customs system with EU

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:17:26 GMT

The EU says it is too soon to discuss trade and customs with other Brexit issues yet to be settled.

House price growth holding steady

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:28:10 GMT

Prices rose at an annual rate of 4.9% in June, down slightly from May's figure of 5%.

China imposes import bans on North Korean iron, coal and seafood

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:15:40 GMT

The UN approved sanctions against Pyongyang this month that could cost the country $1bn a year.

German growth slows but remains robust

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:10:10 GMT

Household spending was strong but imports grew at a faster pace than exports.

Trump orders review of China's trade practices

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:45:35 GMT

The president asks the top US trade official to review China's approach to intellectual property.

Nokia 8 smartphone takes 'bothie' videos

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:45:05 GMT

The phone streams video from its front and rear cameras at the same time to Facebook or YouTube .

'We can't get the skilled staff'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:32:15 GMT

Stuart Gardner, the boss of British motorbike maker Norton, says that a shortage of skilled employees is holding his firm back.

Will you ever be able to retire?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:04:45 GMT

With people living longer and saving less, are we living through the death of retirement?

India partition: 'We had to start from zero once again'

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:13:38 GMT

Among the millions affected by India's partition were people with businesses they had run for decades.

India and Pakistan economies: 70 years on

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:39:38 GMT

What has become of India's and Pakistan's economies, 70 years after independence from Britain and partition?

Creating a robot to combat loneliness

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:59:01 GMT

Japanese inventor Kentaro Yoshifuji built his Orihime robot to address the loneliness he felt as a child.

The devil's rope

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:36:36 GMT

How the spread of barbed wire helped redraw the map of the USA.

The tax trick

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:17:26 GMT

The chunk of global wealth illegally stashed in tax havens is a big feature of the modern economy.

Five food fights

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:12:44 GMT

Chlorine chicken isn't the only food that has got politicians in a flap

Inside US/UK trade deal

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:06:28 GMT

How would the UK benefit from a trade deal with the US and is it likely to happen?

Formula fix

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:31:21 GMT

Since the first commercial substitute for breast milk was launched in 1865, formula has shaped the workforce.

Happy travelling

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:41:32 GMT

The government is consulting on a new strategy which puts the consumer "at the heart of the aviation sector".

Easy does it?

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:21:52 GMT

Warren Buffett has advised his wife to invest her money in low-cost index funds, after his death.

Medieval money

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 23:29:25 GMT

Medieval tally sticks illustrate what money really is: a kind of debt that can be traded freely.

Tricky trade-off

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 23:10:52 GMT

If rules are too strict, good ideas take too long to spread, but lax regulation risks no innovation.

One year on

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:05:31 GMT

What do economists and businesses think of the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and what do they think the future holds?

Better prospects

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:11:05 GMT

What impact is China's Belt and Road initiative, aimed at boosting trade links, having in Kazakhstan?

Energy revolution

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:06:49 GMT

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world's biggest solar energy producer.

A hot issue

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:36:26 GMT

South Africa exports almost half of the apples it grows, but rising temperatures are hitting production.

Gaming gift

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:18:59 GMT

From Spacewar! to Pokemon Go, video games have created jobs, made money and driven technology forward.

Reality Check

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:38:29 GMT

Is the government allowed to requisition homes to provide emergency housing?