Ben Chu

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

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The jump in London’s prices was the biggest annual increase in seven years

London house prices soar by 17.7% in just one year

London house prices shot up by almost double the value of London salaries over the past year, official figures have showed.

Essar investors hire law firm as battle to resist Ruia takover steps up

The battle for the future of Essar Energy heated up yesterday, as City investors hired a law firm to help prevent the floated portion of the company being acquired by the Ruia brothers, who are reported to have a combined net worth of $4.9bn (£2.9bn).

Winter storms and floods caused slump in construction industry

House building and infrastructure held back by wettest weather since 1766

Greece mounts a successful return to bond market

Greece made an impressive return to the global capital markets after a four-year absence yesterday, with Athens raising €3bn (£2.5bn) in an offering of five-year bonds at a surprisingly low interest rate of 4.95 per cent.

OUTLOOK: Co-operation deficit at the Co op

Outlook There seems to be a co-operation deficit at the Co-op. On the one side are those who would like to see the group become more like a public company in its governance structure. Others are arguing this will undermine the essence of the mutual and wish to retain a powerful voice for members.

Ben Chu: Don't expect revisions to save the day

Outlook It turns out we're a nation of savers after all. That's what some headlines implied this week after the Office for National Statistics said the new pan-European Union statistical methods it will implement this autumn will have the effect of boosting the household savings ratio from its current paltry-looking 5 per cent to a much healthier 10 per cent.

Ben Chu: Can the International Monetary Fund warn us of the next crisis?

Outlook The International Monetary Fund is often accused of failing to foresee the global financial crisis of 2008. And there's an element of truth in that criticism. The Fund's Global Financial Stability Report which was published in April 2007 was hardly a klaxon of alarm, yet it wasn't a soothing lullaby either.

The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is the UK’s busiest container port

Just how balanced is the UK economy?

The IMF is sounding a warning shot over Britain's economic recovery. Ben Chu examines how concerned we should be about prospects for growth

UK manufacturing growth stronger than expected

UK manufacturing strengthened for a third consecutive month in February, boosting hopes that the economy is re-balancing.

George Osborne is delivering his Autumn Statement

Only time will tell if income tax changes prove worthwhile

It is too soon to judge the effect of George Osborne’s reduction in the rate to 45 per cent last year

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