24 January 2015 12:16 AM
24 January 2015 12:16 AM
23 January 2015 01:07 AM
Westminster Outlook A hapless consortium led by URS (now part of US rival Aecom) was finally axed from leading the clean-up of Cumbria’s Sellafield last week.
23 January 2015 12:44 AM
Westminster Outlook The rail sector is, at £9.3bn a year and 212,000 jobs, a surprisingly large chunk of the UK economy, and the industry’s political and business influence is only set to grow with the country’s biggest revamp of major lines and stations in more than a century.
22 January 2015 12:32 AM
Outlook Earlier this week I highlighted how, despite constant whining, Britain’s financial services industry is doing rather well under the new, sterner, regulatory regime imposed since the financial crisis. The same is true globally.
22 January 2015 12:31 AM
Outlook Some good news for the Chancellor: unemployment has fallen again, to a six-year low. Moreover, the proportion of the part-timers who would like to be employed full time is also falling, to 16.2 per cent in the three months to November, down from 18 per cent a year ago.
22 January 2015 12:29 AM
Outlook Faced with disappointing sales figures, JD Wetherspoon indulged in a Wednesday whinge. First, the chairman and founder of the business, Tim Martin, is furious about the supermarkets and their loss-leading booze promotions. Of course, that one has been doing the rounds for a long time. It’s trotted out whenever pub chains find trading tough.
22 January 2015 12:28 AM
Economic View: When you make money you are clever; when you lose it, it is someone else's fault
21 January 2015 01:08 AM
The City watchdog has missed a chance to give the savings market the shake-up it needs. It has simply told us what we knew already: that banks and building societies have been ripping us off for years by tricking us into ultra-low-paying savings accounts. But the biggest con is introductory rates that attract savers with market-leading offers and then leave them languishing on pathetic interest.
21 January 2015 01:04 AM
Outlook The Scene: we’re in the boardroom of Big Evil Fracking plc. The directors have just finished a meal of veal cutlets, foie gras and chocolate ice-cream, topped with flakes of gold. They are now getting down to business. The next item on the agenda? Financing. “Hey, want to hear a good joke,” says a fat, bald, white bloke with a gold watch dangling from a chain? “The Co-op Bank says it won’t lend to fracking companies any more.”
21 January 2015 01:03 AM
Outlook The City might be buying into the bright future for Tesco, as I highlighted yesterday. But the grocer still has a myriad of issues hanging over it as Panorama’s feature on the chain demonstrated. It was more entertainment than exposé, but isn’t it fun when two former executives who sat around the boardroom table together and palled around start taking shots at each other?
21 January 2015 01:02 AM
Das Capital: Few of the problems that led to the great recession of 2008 have been resolved
20 January 2015 06:57 PM
Redistributive action can help at the margin, but it won't fix the problem without growth
20 January 2015 01:42 AM
Outlook: There have been signs that the chain’s relentless decline is moderating
20 January 2015 01:40 AM
Outlook: The OECD’s work on corporate tax avoidance has proceeded at a faster rate than many expected
20 January 2015 01:38 AM
Outlook: Austerity is cutting into key services and having a lasting impact on the quality of life in many areas
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