Ben Chu

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

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne addresses the Conservative party conference

Heat goes out of the recovery with drop in retail sales

Unseasonably warm weather depressed retail sales last month, taking some steam out of the recovery, official figures showed yesterday.

Ben Chu: Manufacturing delivers huge benefits – so let’s have more of it

Economic View: We’re still waiting for the ‘march of the makers’ promised by George Osborne

Borrowing crisis limits pre-Election tax cuts

The Coalition’s plan to cut the deficit are in serious trouble, as official figures showed public borrowing over the first half of 2014/15 running a full 10 per cent higher than a year earlier.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne addresses the Conservative party conference

Deficit headache for George Osborne as public borrowing jumps again

Chancellor will have less to give away in tax sweeteners before the election

Any mansion tax must overcome the Dinner Party rebels

A powerful elite is ensuring that we only hear bad things about a levy that would benefit most of us

Why George Osborne's headline-grabbing claims are wrong

The Chancellor is fooling us with his statements on welfare, the higher tax rate and spending cuts

US jobs joy fuels market bounceback

The world’s biggest economy saw the creation of 248,000 new jobs in September

UK recovery 'losing legs' as service sector grows at slowest pace in three months

Sectors including construction have suffered a slowdown in growth

ECB's Mario Draghi: It’s understandable that people loathe the euro

The unemployment rate in the single currency has shot up since 2008 and now stands at 11.5% - almost double the rates in Britain and the US

UK manufacturing falls to 17-month low in September

The Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index dipped to 51.6 below analysts' expectations

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Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there