Ben Chu

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

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Greece bailout: IMF chief Christine Lagarde sees progress in talks with EU

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has become the latest participant in the gruelling Greek economic stand-off to sound an optimistic note about the prospects of a resolution.

'We should not mistake this for damaging deflation,' the Chancellor has said

Government warned against 'complacency' after George Osborne claims UK's slip into deflation is 'good news'

The Consumer Price Index declined by 0.1 per cent in the year to April

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney speaks during the bank's inflation report news conference in London

Should we be worried about deflation?

There are good reasons to think it will be a temporary bout, but we are not home and dry yet, says <b>Ben Chu</b>

Banking executives are warning that the regulatory policies must be rolled out across the financial system, and not just imposed on commercial banks

Financial sector bosses warn of dangers in new regulations

The Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee imposed specific measures to dampen Britain’s mortgage market last year

George Osborne sets summer budget date so Tories can keep 'election pledges'

Mr Osborne could unveil where £12bn in welfare cuts will fall

The Bank of England Governor wants to ‘dampen down’ the idea that migrant workers, such as these fruit-pickers in Surrey, are an economic problem

Are our foreign workers really holding down UK wages?

Claims have abounded this week that new migrants are to blame for weak pay growth in Britain in recent years - but the evidence suggests otherwise

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney relaxed over global bond sell-off

Dramatic volatility in global bond markets, which has led to steep falls in the value of government bonds, should not be a cause for alarm, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said.

Dramatic volatility in global bond markets should not be a cause for alarm, according to the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Bank of England governor relaxed about global bond sell-off

Around $400bn has been wiped off the value of global fixed-income markets over the past three weeks

Call to ban 'perverse incentive' of vast share awards for bosses

So-called L-tips, which have become standard across Britain’s large quoted firms in recent decades, create “perverse incentives”

Manufacturing output figures from the Office for National Statistics showed a 0.5 per cent expansion in industrial output in March

Growth picks up as oil boosts industrial output

Niesr said growth over the quarter was 0.4 per cent, up from 0.3 per cent in the three months to March, suggesting a tentative bounce-back

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