Ben Chu

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

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The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation fell to 4.8% in November

UK inflation at record low of 0.3%: Why is it important and what does it mean for you?

Falling fuel prices and supermarket price wars have contributed to the drop in inflation of a record 0.3 per cent low, which in turn is boosting household spending power. But what is low inflation and what are the consequences?

The Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. Yesterday’s figures showed a marginal rise in consumption

Japan out of recession but 'Abenomics' still stuttering

The official figures showed there was a modest rebound in household consumption in the quarter

Virgin Media to invest £3bn in broadband

Investment criticised for not addressing the 'digital divide'

German GDP growth surges, but Greece and France stagnate

Growth remains unbalanced and there is a clear risk of slowdown, says analyst

Bank of England says Britain set for deflation for the first time since 1960

The MPC now judges it more likely than not that headline CPI inflation will turn negative in the spring

Growth picks up, but industrial production slips

The economy picked up speed in January on the back of higher services output, according to the latest forecast from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.

So who’s right? The Prime Minister who thinks average pay growth has been very weak and needs to increase. Or his Chancellor who apparently thinks it’s already pretty good for many people?

Just how weak is pay growth really?

The Treasury has been telling us for much of the past year that Britons are already getting decent pay rises – or at least those in continuous work are

The HSBC tax evasion files are just the tip of a probable mountain of tax avoidance hidden in tax havens around the world

HSBC tax leaks: The 5 key questions you need to ask about the biggest banking leak in history

Revelations about a British bank’s role in tax evasion in Switzerland are the latest lurid chapter in a long-running saga

Alexis Tsipras addresses the Greek parliament ahead of EU meetings this week

'Humanitarian crisis' brought on by austerity must be eased, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras warns eurozone

Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss Greece’s demands for an overhaul of the terms of its bailout

George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer

Osborne accused of buying pensioner vote with generous bonds

Chancellor's extension of pensioner bond scheme slammed as electoral bribe for over-65s

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