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Higher fuel prices take toll on retail sales

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:11:32 GMT

Sales rose more than expected last month, but the underlying trend suggests fuel costs are starting to bite.

Brexit: Single market benefit 'largely imaginary'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 10:29:47 GMT

Author of a report argues that no trade deal is better than a bad deal with the EU.

State pension age could be raised to 70, says report

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:05:44 GMT

Twenty year-olds may have to work till the age of 70, with millions more having to work till 68

Bank cheques to be cleared within a day

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:53 GMT

From October 2017, cheques will start to clear much faster than the current six days' waiting time.

Carney defends Bank of England over Hogg resignation

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:57:47 GMT

Mark Carney says the Bank's former deputy governor made a serious but "honest mistake".

UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3%

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:29:44 GMT

Rising fuel and food prices help to push the inflation rate to the highest since September 2013.

Government borrowing falls in February

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:15:45 GMT

The amount borrowed last month was the lowest February monthly figure since 2007.

Low UK interest rates 'hurt productivity but saved jobs'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:03:10 GMT

Bank of England economist Andy Haldane says ultra-low interest rates hurt productivity but saved jobs.

Lord King: Scotland 'could be independent'

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:34:16 GMT

Former Bank of England governor suggests in BBC interview that fears around currency are unfounded.

Homes cost more than seven times income

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:13:32 GMT

The affordability gap widened to a record level last year as house price rises outstripped wage growth.

MPC member calls for interest rates to rise

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:52:03 GMT

Kristin Forbes says monetary policy should not go on hold despite risks in the economy.

Household incomes crept up last year, DWP figures show

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:20:14 GMT

Average incomes crept up last year but pensioners have seen the biggest rises since the financial crisis.

Schaeuble calls for 'strong' City post Brexit

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:55:18 GMT

Germany's finance minister wants a Brexit deal in which the City of London remains a global financial force.

UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.25%

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:12:46 GMT

The Bank of England keeps rates unchanged at 0.25% - but one policymaker votes for a rise.

Kids and meditation - it's a business, of course

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:04:04 GMT

We find out why some parents in Asia are paying for meditation classes in the hope their kids will cope better at school and in life.

'We're looking for business deals outside Europe'

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 00:05:43 GMT

The director of a safety footwear company says the firm is focusing on new deals outside Europe.

Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:25:24 GMT

The average price of an item at Nifties in Dover is 60p.

'I am very confident we can find a good trade deal'

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:34:34 GMT

Cecile Reinaud runs Seraphine, a London-based maternity wear company. She is on an export drive and is hopeful about the post-Brexit trade deals to be struck.

Handbag designer: 'I am moving manufacturing to Italy'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:02:50 GMT

Handbag designer Claudia Fürst is moving her manufacturing operation to Italy to counter the impact of the weak British pound.

Texas cattle rancher fears for future

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:55:40 GMT

Rancher Coleman Locke is concerned farmers like him could lose out if the US renegotiates Nafta.

Reality Check

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:18:54 GMT

CPIH is about to become the headline measure of inflation, but it's not a proper national statistic.

Blurred lines?

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 00:02:25 GMT

Gamblers and insurers both place bets on the future, so how do they compare?

Health check

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:42:16 GMT

With the UK about to trigger Article 50, the BBC looks at how the economy has fared since last June.

Rags to revolution

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:12:14 GMT

The Gutenberg press could not have revolutionised how we communicate without the invention of paper.

WTO what?

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 10:14:47 GMT

The UK has voted to leave the European Union, but what exactly does this mean for trade?

Reality Check

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 01:31:56 GMT

Some taxes are expected to rise in the coming years, but it could all change in Wednesday's Budget.

Goodbye Spring Budget

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 00:11:17 GMT

Why this Spring Budget will be the last time big tax changes should be made in March.

Chancellor's challenge

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:01:29 GMT

Over-confident consumers and under-confident corporations are on the mind of UK chancellor.

Drugs disaster

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:10:46 GMT

Economic incentives have dangerously distorted the use of antibiotics in people and animals.

Hitting rock bottom

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:07:40 GMT

Why are huge container ships, once worth millions of pounds, now being sold for scrap?

Innovation, Ikea style

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:20:58 GMT

Ikea's humble bookcase epitomises a relentless pursuit of lower costs and acceptable functionality.

'The pips are squeaking!'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:44:16 GMT

A selection of independent shopkeepers with distinctive shops explain how they will be hit by business rate revaluation in England.

Price drop

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:46:03 GMT

Cocoa farmers in Ivory Coast face a collapse in prices and tell the BBC they are not being paid for their crop

Supermarket sourcing

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:18:01 GMT

Importing food is getting more expensive so why don't UK supermarkets get more of their supplies from home?

Talking to the machine

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:47:50 GMT

The story behind the compiler, a remarkable innovation that made modern computing possible.

Mobile money

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:35:04 GMT

How mobile technology is profoundly changing access to money in the developing world.

Report card

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:09:21 GMT

Sweden has been experimenting with six-hour days but now the trials are over, has it really worked?

Illustrious light bulbs

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:21:04 GMT

Once too precious to use, now too cheap to notice – the significance of the light bulb is profound.

Employment warning

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:11:36 GMT

Globalisation's already had a huge impact on workers' lives and is now set to hit middle-class jobs.

Continuing crisis

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:58:16 GMT

Eurozone governments and the International Monetary Fund have fallen out once again over how to handle the country's bailout.

Public property

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:03:01 GMT

Would putting Southern rail back into public ownership solve the long-running dispute?