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Ben Chu: Productivity plummeted in 2008 – and its fortunes are tied to our own

Economic View: Through education and developing new technologies, we have increased output

UK rallying faster than thought as exports leap boosts GDP

Hopes are boosted for rebalancing of economy towards trade and investment

The sun rises over the City of London

Boost for George Osborne as economic growth upgrade points to recovery

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Investment View: It's worth taking the trip with two travel firms

It's holiday time so it seems appropriate to run the slide rule over the two big tour operators that have recently issued rather positive trading updates. While we relax, they are now starting to focus on the winter season and even next year's bookings. But the numbers to date look good.

Official statistics to track controversial 'zero hours' employment contracts

The Office for National Statistics is to start asking employers how many people they employ on "zero-hours contracts" following criticism that it has failed to capture this new and controversial hiring trend.

Low rates and high inflation take £7bn toll on business

British businesses are losing more than £7bn a year due to a combination of low bank interest rates and above-target inflation, new figures reveal.

James Ashton: Bankers toiling in these dog days will be wagging their tails at bonus time

The whodunnit 'Broadchurch' was praised for its ‘restrained approach’

FTSE set for second week of losses thanks to US jitters

London’s FTSE 100 was on course for its second losing week in a row today as fears over the US Federal Reserve slowing the pace of money-printing lingered in City dealing rooms.

The number of people in work increased by 69,000 in the quarter to June to 29.78 million

Unemployment rate holds steady as claimants total drops

Number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work increased by 15,000 to reach 973,000

Mark Carney sparks 'stampede' for home loans

Mortgage lenders and brokers have enjoyed a "stampede" of borrowing requests since Mark Carney pledged to keep interest rates on hold for the next few years.

Mark Carney's predictions may change faster than he could imagine in the UK with its economic weather

Julian Knight: Mark Carney's economic forecast could be under the weather

The Bank of England Governor's predictions may prove less reliable than the Met Office

Mark Carney starts Monday as the new Governor of the Bank of England

Banks must help businesses create jobs or become 'socially useless' says Bank chief Mark Carney

Banks risk becoming socially useless unless they focus on the real economy and help businesses invest and create jobs, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

Banks must help businesses create jobs or become 'socially useless' says Bank chief Mark Carney

Banks risk becoming socially useless unless they focus on the real economy and help businesses invest and create jobs, Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said.

Ben Chu: Last laugh for the luddite

Outlook Many claim to have foreseen the global financial crisis, but Raghuram Rajan's claim is unimpeachable. In a 2005 paper presented at the annual central bankers' conference at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund warned, in considerable detail, of a possible financial crisis brought on by hidden risks in the banking sector.

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