A Grimsby trawler: outside the South-east the economy is weak

David Blanchflower: The problem for the Tories is that their economic plan has failed

There is widespread evidence that under-employment has risen even more sharply than the unemployment rate

Many in business believe even the prospect of a referendum is harmful

David Blanchflower: There is no doubt that leaving the European Union would hurt Britain

A 'Brexit' would raise the price of your goods and services

The trade deficit has worsened amid difficulties in export markets

David Blanchflower: The Tories’ plan is failing – animal spirits have evaporated

The UK’s trade deficit worsened by much more than had been expected

Economists say the Coalition began its fiscal consolidation too early in the recovery, with austerity cutting 2 per cent from GDP growth

Labour is being far too reticent: it didn’t cause the global financial crisis and Coalition austerity policies have stalled the recovery

‘The cut of public investment by 40% was the opposite of sensible macroeconomics’

George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
The employment rate for younger workers is well below its pre-recession level

David Blanchflower: The Chancellor has good reason to avoid answering questions on austerity and cuts

Let’s put a few other claims to rest, especially the Government’s exaggerated claims about job creation

Recent cold weather in the US could delay interest rate rises there and in the UK

David Blanchflower: Can the UK jobs market really be freer than in the land of the free?

These are puzzling days for labour economists and central bankers. Watch out for more shocks

The rise in net migration was among the items of bad news for the Government

David Blanchflower: Deflation is bad news - and Britain is likely to be next to get it

Despite what Governor Mark Carney has claimed the Bank of England does not have the tools to make it go away

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David Blanchflower: Wages growth? The Bank of England appears to have lost its marbles

The Bank’s agents provided a special report on pay last week and showed they saw no expectation of much of any increase in wages growth at all

Boston in Massachusetts: America has not yet escaped the grip of the economic downturn

David Blanchflower: Beware - the American jobs market is still feeling the chill

There was a surge in hidden unemployment in the wake of the Great Recession

American Football marks out the US as a country apart – but that’s not the whole story

David Blanchflower: In some respects America and Britain aren’t so different

Both the US and the UK have  seen quite rapid increases in under-employment in recent years

Graffiti in Athens: Unemployment is Greece is high, but under-employment is a problem in many European countries, including the UK

David Blanchflower: Young people are suffering from austerity in the UK as well as in Greece

By one measure youth under-employment is worse in the UK than it is in Greece

The start of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank weakened the euro and could prompt interest rate cuts by other central banks

David Blanchflower: Hallelujah – the monetary hawks have admitted their mistake

Wages in the UK are not just going to rise by magic, as the MPC and the Office for Budget Responsibility have been expecting

Americans queuing for meals during the Depression, when falling prices caused massive problems (Library of Congress; The Crowley Company)

David Blanchflower: We should fear deflation – not welcome it

If very low inflation is such a good thing, why does the Bank of England have a 2 per cent target?

George Osborne unveiling the Conservatives’ first election poster: it actually showed a road in Germany

David Blanchflower: The Chancellor’s claims are as airbrushed as his election poster

It turns out that of the 760,000 additional businesses claimed by the Tories, 707,200 have no employees

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The founders of Brew Dog, James Watt and Martin Dickie, with bottles of Tokyo*
This is an industry that has posted, on aggregate, compound annual growth of more than 100 per cent over the past three years, writes David Prosser
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A Grimsby trawler: outside the South-east the economy is weak
There is widespread evidence that under-employment has risen even more sharply than the unemployment rate, says David Blanchflower
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A court sketch shows Navinder Singh Sarao opposing his
extradition to the US at Westminster magistrates’ court
The Independent spoke to workers in the City on their lunch break
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Protests against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff
After a clear-out of executives and with dozens of politicians being investigated, the company's new chief has announced a clean start. Tom Bawden and Jamie Dunkley report
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Bob Diamond’s bonuses ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds at Barclays
The disgraceful, shameful actions of Deutsche’s traders and of their colleagues who attempted to frustrate regulatory investigations are beginning to elicit merely a weary shrug of the shoulders, says James Moore
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Protest rally in June 2011 in front of the parliament in Athens expresses opposition to a new austerity package
Hamish McRae can’t find a single developed country that has accumulated a national debt of 175 per cent of GDP in peacetime and not defaulted
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Barclays is set to face its shareholders during what is likely to be another hostile AGM season after the demonstrations last year
Boardroom heads rolled when investors rose up and staged a series of pay revolts in the 2012 AGM season. Jamie Dunkley examines whether the events that rocked the City of London were game-changing or have been consigned to history
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Tesco is looking for ways to plug its estimated £5bn black hole
We’re about to find out whether he’s worth it, says Mark Leftly
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Tesco’s chief executive Dave Lewis is reforming the struggling retailer, but he will need to raise some cash fast to make progress
Simon Neville writes that the era of “big is better” has come to an end
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Wonga is Britain’s most-profitable payday lender
Wonga is considering a name change as it seeks to re-position itself as a responsible lender – one that checks prospective clients have some hope of repaying their loans before advancing them any money. James Moore writes
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The SNP manifesto has targeted full control of Scottish finances
It wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year, thereby reducing the cost of creating jobs, says Mark Leftly in Parliamentary Business
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Clive Schlee, chief executive of Pret a Manger, says customers want to know that their food is healthy and fresh
The ambitious chain's chief tells Simon Neville that its shops in Paris are the busiest, America's biggest seller is a salad and that he wishes more Britons would apply for jobs
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Stanley Tucci as DCI Eugene Morton, Sophie Grabol as Hildur Odegard and Christopher Eccleston as Professor Charlie Stoddart in 'Fortitude'
Sky is a juggernaut – one that just keeps rolling. Far from reaching saturation point in the UK, the rate at which it has been adding net new users has been increasing at quite a clip. James Moore reports
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All campaigning and no investing... Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne at Arriva TrainCare in Crewe on Monday
Surveys suggest that uncertainty over the outcome of the poll on 7 May is hitting investment by firms and depressing consumption. How worried should we be? Ben Chu investigates
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Don’t count your retirement money yet: employers will stop receiving a pension rebate next year and their staff may lose out
The area where most damage is being done is the tax treatment of private-sector pensions, says Rupert Pennant-Rea
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HSBC's chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, had insisted he had always paid full UK tax on all his earnings
The bank, all of a sudden, has become the injured party, says James Moore
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Unpaid internships lasting longer than four weeks would be banned by Labour if it wins power next May
Miliband has promised financial protection for interns. Does it make sense? Matt Gingell takes a look
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage waits to speak at a public meeting in Cliftonville, Kent, as he continues his campaign for the South Thanet seat at the General Election
Nigel Farage is right: we should be having a more honest debate about immigration. But the issue is not the one with which the Ukip leader is obsessed: in fact, we need more immigration, not less, according to David Prosser
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Many in business believe even the prospect of a referendum is harmful
A 'Brexit' would raise the price of your goods and services
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‘Missing our deals will haunt you’ – Phones 4U’s TV ad came back to haunt it
It seemed bad enough that a popular retailer could be allowed to collapse simply because its suppliers suddenly decided to pull the plug. Now Simon Neville reveals who got their money back – and who didn't
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