Stephen King: Rebalancing the British economy is easier to say than it will be to do

Economic outlook: Sterling's sharp decline might create conditions for an export renaissance – but 'might' is not 'will'

Stephen King: Events in Libya and the Middle East will shape prospects, not those in Japan

What if a no-fly zone is needed in other parts of the region?

Stephen King: The ECB needs to look at the bigger picture beyond the German economy

Outlook: With 70 per cent of the eurozone in a sickly economic state, is it right that interest rates should be going up?

Stephen King: Oil prices are rising fast and it's come at the worst possible time for the West

Outlook In 2008, oil prices approached $150 per barrel. Shortly afterwards, the global economy collapsed. There were, of course, other problems at the time – an imploding US housing market, the beginnings of a securitisation crisis, the collapse of Lehman Brothers – but events three years ago nevertheless offer plenty of evidence that substantial changes in oil prices are big news for the global economy.

Stephen King: Split beyond belief – so where next for the Bank and for mortgage rates?

What's gone wrong? Why can't the experts on the Monetary Policy Committee see eye to eye?

Stephen King: Bias in the Bank's inflation strategy risks losing public backing it needs

Outlook: A credit-constrained economy won't be able to generate high inflation for ever, yetthe split between growth and inflation has deteriorated rapidly

Stephen King: The question that went unanswered in Davos: who ultimately pays?

Can debtor nations deliver austerity year after year or must creditor nations take some of the burden?

Stephen King: Sartorial diplomacy won't be enough as the Chinese grow more confident

The US borrowed too much and invested it in real estate, but many US policymakers are keen to blame China

Stephen King: The British worker is suffering the pain of inflation – but in Ireland it's worse

The bottom line is that workers are bearing the brunt of the adjustment to hard times

Stephen King: A question of faith... will the dollar escape unscathed from QE2?

Outlook: A weaker dollar would ultimately increase the cost to the US of accessing international capital markets and increase the cost to consumers of imports

Stephen King: Even if in one's fond imagination there was a golden age, life expectancy has never been greater

Outlook Many of you have by now discovered that surfing the internet can conjure up all sorts of interesting material. Being an economist, I try to ignore the more obvious temptations and focus instead on facts and figures.

Stephen King: Policymakers have their work cut out as the West remains on life support

Outlook: Exports have picked up, but not as much as you'd expect given the support from 2008's sterling devaluation, while inflation has risen

Stephen King: Eurozone states will need an act of union to save the single currency

Outlook: The European Central Bank could expand its balance sheet to purchase government bonds shunned by private sector investors

Stephen King: Who needs who? America and China must avoid making past mistakes again

Western nations look at the recent success of the emerging world with a mixture of admiration, envy and anger

Stephen King: Don't let the G20 follow the League of Nations into the dustbin of history

Outlook: The biggest threat to the success of the G20 comes from the obvious point that the 'new powers' are pushing the 'old powers' to one side
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Many of America’s economic competitors find it difficult to embrace change, writes Satyajit Das
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The ‘Oasis of the Seas’, the largest cruise ship in the world
Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week. Simon Usborne measures up some giants of the sea
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Places like Clacton have been left behind by economic growth
Stopping immigration won’t create jobs. Unaffordable tax cuts targeted at the better-off won’t help the poor. The real answers are a lot harder than that, writes Jonathan Portes
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Jimmy Choo, whose shoes are designed by Sandra Choi (left), only raised £545m from its London listing
As Virgin Money shelves plans to list on the stock market and designer Jimmy Choo endures a cut-price debut, James Moore considers the outlook for firms wanting to raise funds
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‘People take personally what Marks does,’ says Belinda Earl
Maggie Pagano recently said Marks & Spencer's clothes for middle-aged women were frumpy and boring. Last week, she met its style director
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We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’
Simon Murray is famed for his views on women executives. Now he’s firmly in a man’s world: finding oil in a warzone
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Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
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Time to postpone the balanced budget: there’s no alternative to a boost in German domestic public spending and investment, writes Rupert Cornwell
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After a decade of wage decline and falling tax receipts, it’s no surprise the deficit is proving hard to clear. Here’s a solution, says Nigel Wilson
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Eurostar’s sale is expected to attract £300m with French state-controlled firm Keolis tipped to bid
A stake in Eurostar is up for grabs and will herald a privatisation jamboree to tackle the nation’s debts and fix the economy. But not everyone is keen, writes Jim Armitage
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American dominance of key industries makes it an indispensable monopolists, says Satyajit Das
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Minecraft has won praise for its minimal violence and for stimulating spatial awareness
Minecraft is the most successful game since Angry Birds, but will it retain its minimal merchandising strategy once it’s in the hands of Microsoft? Gideon Spanier reports
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A recent manufacturing surge is running out of steam with industrial production now down 9.6 per cent from the pre-downturn peak in 2008
The growth surge enjoyed by UK manufacturing over the past year is running out of steam, writes David Blanchflower
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