Ben Chu

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

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France declares the end of austerity

The Hollande administration will not impose more cuts to reduce the deficit

Ben Chu: Hong Kong protesters dispel Western myths of Chinese materialism

The people have nurtured the fragile plant of freedom

Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.

UK GDP: Did the UK economy do well after all?

The big revisions are in.

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

Sex, drugs and statistics: how the recovery was faster than we thought

The economy recovered faster with illegal drugs and prostitution included in the statistics

Ben Chu: The signs are that Balfour Beatty has not yet reached the bottom

Outlook: One of the areas that KPMG has been asked to scrutinise is Balfour’s 'contract value forecasting'

Downgrade ‘rosy’ wages forecast, says report

The Bank of England will be compelled to tear up its “rosy” wage-growth forecasts once again, according to two of the country’s most eminent labour market economists.

Bank of England will be proved wrong on wage growth, say economists

Labour market experts Stephen Machin and David Blanchflower argue Threadneedle Street will have to revise forecasts

Bank of England warns of new threat from underpricing of financial risks

Mark Carney says regulator will crack down on insurers if they downplay dangers

What has really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?

The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, took to Twitter earlier this week to belittle Labour’s flagship plans, announced at its annual party conference, to increase spending on the NHS by £2.5bn a year.

Public borrowing rises to £11.6bn

George Osborne’s public finances headache worsened yesterday as official figures showed that the deficit in August came in at £11.6bn, £700m more than the same month last year and higher than City expectations.

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