Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.
17 August 2014 12:00 AM
15 August 2014 08:07 PM
The UK economy grew slightly more strongly than expected in the second quarter of the year, emphasising the gulf between Britain and the struggling eurozone.
15 August 2014 01:33 AM
Poor data ignites calls for the ECB to take serious action to bolster growth across the bloc and head off the risk of deflation
14 August 2014 06:11 PM
Efforts to commemorate and raise awareness of the role of Chinese who aided Britain during the First World War were launched today.
14 August 2014 12:30 AM
The Bank slashed its 2014 productivity growth forecast to just 0.25 per cent
13 August 2014 01:12 AM
Outlook What price do corporations place on a transparent justice system? The Shanghai trial of the private investigator Peter Humphrey – hired by GlaxoSmithKline to investigate an apparently malicious leak of a sex tape by someone in the drug giant’s China operations – should send a cold feeling down the spines of foreign investors.
13 August 2014 01:11 AM
Outlook Fans of Vic Reeves Big Night Out will recall the catchphrase: “You wouldn’t let it lie.” One person who refuses to let it lie is the chief executive of the insurance giant Prudential, Tidjane Thiam. Yesterday he was complaining about the fact that his bid to acquire AIA, the Asian arm of the bust American insurer AIG, in 2010 was scuppered.
12 August 2014 03:27 PM
The latest trade figures are pretty abysmal. The trade in goods deficit in June rose to £9.4bn, up from £9.2bn in May.
08 August 2014 11:15 PM
Hopes of a balanced economic recovery were dealt a blow yesterday as the trade deficit for goods jumped to £9.4bn in June from £9.2bn in May. The news was an unwelcome surprise to analysts, who had expected the gap to shrink to £8.8bn.
07 August 2014 03:25 PM
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
- 1 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 3 Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'