Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Firms who responded to the EEF/Aldermore survey saw especially weak sales prospects in Europe, the destination of around half of Britain’s exports, and also the Middle East

UK manufacturers’ confidence hit by eurozone crisis

Europe, destination for half of Britain’s exports, has weak sales prospects

Beleaguered Quindell seeks to offload assets

Quindell declined to provide further details and stressed that the talks could come to nothing

Public's unsecured borrowing rises at fastest rate in 10 years

Analysts said the public are likely to be borrowing more to fund consumption at a time when wage increases are still very weak

Majority of public in favour of rent controls for private housing

Exclusive: 60% of Britons want some form of government intervention

Balance of payments deficit balloons to historic high

Analysts warn UK is vulnerable but strong US economy propels Dow through 18,000

Labour's cuts really would be less deep than the Conservatives'

Fleet Street’s top cartoonists have a similar view on Ed Miliband’s deficit reduction plans.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow

Pain for Russia, gain for the West - the price of low oil

Vladimir Putin warned yesterday it could take Russia two years to emerge from its current economic crisis. What does that imply for Russia? And what knock-on effects could this have on the rest of the world?

What does two more years of crisis mean for Russia? And how will it affect us?

Could Russia's economic problems hurt the rest of the world?

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

What does two more years of crisis mean for Russia? And how will it affect us?

The Russian president Vladimir Putin warned today that it could take the country two years to emerge from its current crisis.

Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve leaves markets confused about timing of rate rise

America’s central bank last night sent a carefully nuanced message over the timing of its first interest rate rise, leaving financial markets scrambling to make sense of its meaning.

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