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UK retail sales in sharp fall in September, ONS says

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:49:30 GMT

The Office for National Statistics says retail sales dropped last month, reversing a jump in August.

Banks consider 555 fraud 'hotline'

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:01:26 GMT

The financial industry thinks an emergency phone number could stop some bank fraud.

One in four people 'trapped in low paid jobs'

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:05:38 GMT

The Social Mobility Commission says low pay is "endemic" in the UK.

Unemployment drops by 52,000 but pay squeeze continues

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:11:48 GMT

The number of people out of work falls by 52,000, but earnings fail to keep pace with inflation.

Millions miss bills as finances bite

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:33:53 GMT

More than four million people face difficulties over domestic or credit bills, says a major study.

Reversing Brexit would boost economy, says OECD

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:43:29 GMT

The global economic body says staying in the EU would have "significant" positive impact on growth.

UK inflation at highest since April 2012

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:50:26 GMT

Increases in transport and food prices push inflation to the highest rate for more than five years.

Vanguard boss warns on stock market highs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:23:17 GMT

One of the world's biggest investors says there could be a "decent-sized" fall in stock markets.

Interest rate rise should be delayed, EY Item Club says

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:09:42 GMT

The UK economy is not ready for rates to go up next month, according to forecaster EY Item Club.

Oil prices rise amid Iraq tensions

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:54:42 GMT

Crude prices rise as Iraqi forces capture territory from Kurds and the US mulls sanctions on Iran.

UK farmers will 'grow more food' if no Brexit deal - minister

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:32:43 GMT

Supermarkets would also buy more global produce to counter any rise in EU prices, a minister says.

Inflation 'to cause £300 benefit squeeze'- think tank

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 02:33:51 GMT

Inflation at 2.9% will worsen the effects of the chancellor's measures, the Resolution Foundation warns.

BCC: 'Robust' manufacturing fails to boost UK growth

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:16:58 GMT

The British Chambers of Commerce says while manufacturing is robust, there are concerns over services.

Brexit: EU 'to prepare' for future trade talks with UK

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:53:27 GMT

A draft paper seen by the BBC suggests the EU is getting ready for the second phase of negotiations.

Low-income tenants battle soaring rents

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:00:47 GMT

Renters on low incomes spend 28% of wages on rent, up from 21% in the mid-1990s, new research finds.

Deadlock over UK's Brexit bill, says EU's Michel Barnier

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:04:17 GMT

The EU negotiator calls the lack of agreement "disturbing" but says "decisive progress" is possible.

Fed urges patience as inflation lags

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:54:08 GMT

Policymakers at the US central bank are puzzled by inflation that has lagged its 2% target.

Would you eat green satsumas?

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:26:58 GMT

Tesco has announced it will start selling green satsumas but would you be willing to eat them?

The 19-year-old millionaire estate agent

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:58:50 GMT

Akshay Ruparelia set up his business from his bedroom during his A-level exams.

Putting Canadian wine on the map

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:41:04 GMT

How the wines of Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie are winning a growing number of fans around the world.

What has China's president Xi Jinping achieved so far?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:22:39 GMT

Chinese president Xi Jinping will be confirmed for a second five-year term this month.

Bricks and mortar shops are cashing in on online shopping

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:24:08 GMT

The rise of online shopping has turned retail upside down but innovative retailers are combining online and offline shopping.

Master brewer: My rookie error

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:45:09 GMT

Grain Brewery's founder Phil Halls thought that making beer was easy, but could he overcome his early problems before his business folded?

Wine on the edge

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:41:31 GMT

How Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie is able to make award-winning wines, despite winter temperatures so cold it can kill his vines.

Health risks

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:24:22 GMT

Health risks and job losses are among the harms many in China face in the push for economic change.

No-belle prize

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:06:08 GMT

Just 13% of US academic economists are women - and only one has won the Nobel Prize in economics. Why are women so under-represented in the profession?

Have you been nudged?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 15:27:31 GMT

Five ways the theory behind this year's Nobel prize for economics may have influenced your behaviour.

What do we want?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 23:34:22 GMT

Asking customers what they wanted profoundly changed how retailers sold their goods.

Brass in pocket?

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 14:23:57 GMT

A rise in interest rates would be good news for savers, but bad for borrowers. How would a rise of 0.25% affect you?

UK trade

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:29:36 GMT

Theresa May says trade should continue as it is for two years post-Brexit – but what do the UK’s trading relationships look like at the moment?

Not so fantastic?

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 23:02:20 GMT

Cheap plastic has become ubiquitous, but we need to get better at recycling it.

Success story

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:15:58 GMT

Without it, companies in the sharing economy might not have grown as successfully as they have.

Northern Rock

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 23:22:33 GMT

The collapse of Northern Rock: Ten years on

Creative currency

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 23:41:20 GMT

The value of modern currency comes not from what it's made of, but what we all agree it's worth.

Money machines

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:03:23 GMT

Could low-cost automated financial advice help close the massive retirement savings gap?

Cheers to that

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 23:10:05 GMT

The English wine making industry is growing, but could it ever threaten the dominant European producers?

Limiting liability

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 23:06:19 GMT

The limited liability company has been described as "the greatest single discovery of modern times”.

Sterling sense

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:35:26 GMT

Buying foreign currency is both easier and more challenging than in the past.

Banking bonanza

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:16:16 GMT

Many of Europe's largest banks have already announced their intention to relocate jobs to Frankfurt as Brexit talks go on.

Poisonous progress

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:16:23 GMT

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

Mixed picture

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 23:14:10 GMT

More than half of the 160 BHS stores that closed after it went into administration a year ago are still empty, says new research.

Selling citizenship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:20:51 GMT

Amar Al-Sadi and her family escaped war-torn Yemen and are among thousands who have bought Maltese passports.

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?