Ben Chu

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

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Underlying forecasts produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility shows the value of exports in 2019/20 reaching just £617bn

Osborne will miss target of doubling exports

Exclusive: Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts the UK falling short of Chancellor’s goals

George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons

Autumn Statement: George Osborne is counting on a rise in family debt

Economies are sustained by spending

Books of the year 2014: Economics, from Thomas Piketty to House of Debt

It was the year of the asteroid and the jewel, writes Ben Chu

Chancellor George Osborne with his Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement: Borrowing better than expected but the squeeze goes on

Wages in cash terms have been rising only very slowly in recent years

George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons

Autumn Statement: Households to take on more debt than before financial crisis, says Osborne's forecaster

British households are set to become even more indebted than they were on the eve of the global financial crisis, according to the latest forecasts from the Government’s official forecaster.

Autumn Statement: George Osborne's economic plan in charts

What is the big economic picture from the Autumn Statement?

George Osborne delivers his Autumn Statement to MPs in the House of Commons

Autumn Statement: Chancellor to extend Funding for Lending scheme to help small firms

The Government’s Funding for Lending scheme, designed to help small businesses access bank credit, is to be extended for a further year, the Bank of England and the Treasury has said.

The Chancellor has been accused of putting the best possible gloss on female employment figures

Autumn Statement: 4 charts that show how badly George Osborne has got it wrong

How has the British economy performed since George Osborne became Chancellor in 2010? How about the public finances?

Mortgage approvals fall to their lowest point in more than a year as housing market cools down

The number of approved loans for house purchases dipped to 59,426 in October

Oil tumbles to four-year lows after Saudis muscle out calls for Opec cuts

The oil price slumped to its lowest level in more than four years yesterday after Saudi Arabia defeated attempts by some members of Opec to enforce a cut in the cartel’s production.

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