Hamish McRae: Growing employment may solve growth puzzle

Outlook There is not much to be said about the unemployment and employment figures except that they support the view that the economy must be growing, albeit slowly.

Hamish McRae: Time for a party in this sea of troubles

It is party time. Actually for quite a lot of us it is holiday time too, and given the mass of depressing economic news from just about everywhere in the world, the summer break has come in the nick of time. Let's hope for a calm August, not a wicked one.

Hamish McRae: Better times are around corner but quality of stats must rise

Outlook Yet another implausible set of GDP figures underlines the point that the country needs as a high priority to examine what has been going wrong at the Office for National Statistics.

Hamish McRae: Cheaper borrowing boot now on the German foot

Outlook Across the Channel, the evidence of recession is mounting, with even the German economy heading towards this, if the latest Ifo and purchasing managers' surveys prove correct. Both have been falling in the past couple of months, and would be consistent with a slowly shrinking economy. This is despite the fact German companies can still borrow at very competitive rates of interest.

Hamish McRae: Two surprises show we're not in recession

Economic View: Our economy is now around 4 per cent bigger than it was last year, yup, 4 per cent

Hamish McRae: Will the Games be a winner for London?

Economic View: The debts for the London Olympics will be small in relation to the size of the UK economy

Hamish McRae: Could the man from the Bank of England really have stoked these lies? It's unthinkable

Let's wait until the full details of the phone call are clarified before leaping to condemn any of the participants

Hamish McRae: Summits cannot rebalance Europe

So it is all going to be all right then. The German taxpayer will back the recapitalisation of Europe's banks and will throw a lifeline to Spain and Italy.

Hamish McRae: Never mind the eurozone – what really matters is the urbanisation of the world

To sustain and improve their services, most cities will need to be able to do better with less

Hamish McRae: A few tweaks may ease euro muddle

The upcoming European leaders' summit this week will be the 19th since the Greek collapse and there will doubtless be many more before there is much idea of how Europe will resolve its tensions. This one will go on and on, and the UK and, indeed, the rest of the world will just have to live with uncertainty. Come to the implications of that for the UK in a moment; meanwhile it might be helpful to clarify the three elements of the crisis that the eurozone faces.

Hamish McRae: Productivity is clouding the picture on employment front

Productivity may not be increasing very fast. That raises big questions about future prosperity

Hamish McRae: We will survive a eurozone collapse

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Don't panic, but if you want to play it safe, stick with the US, Germany or Britain

Economic Life: Tax cuts introduced originally by President Bush expire, and several spending cuts take place

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The young have been hurt the most by recession. They don't vote Tory and can't buy a house, so who cares?, writes David Blanchflower
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Life and Style
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Shopping centres, like the Hammerson one proposed for Leeds, have created opportunities, but more needs to be done
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