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The Bank of England could raise rates in the middle of next year

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A rise is expected next year, making savers happy and plunging the heavily mortgaged into despair. But it also means a return to growth … in theory

Manufacturers’ order books hit highest levels in 20 years

British manufacturers’ order books expanded at the fastest rate in two decades in August on the back of robust domestic demand, according to the latest snapshot of the sector.

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When it comes to Rugby League Challenge Cup finals, no two names resonate together quite like Hull and Wigan.

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British pensioners lose £10.6 billion by living abroad

Research from currency specialists HiFX shows that falls in the pound since the start of the financial crisis have resulted in expat pensioners losing thousands of pounds in income.  We look at ways you can protect yourself.

Manufacturing sector on cusp of return to expansion

A “march of the makers” may finally be on the way more than two years after the Chancellor predicted it, the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said today.

House prices rose for the third month in a row in April as market conditions in London improved to levels not seen since 2007

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The north-south divide in house prices is widening further as prices in London continue to rise at a rate not seen since the recession, in contrast to a stagnating market in north of England.

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Currency row is dismissed by Alex Salmond as bid to scare Scotland

Alex Salmond has accused George Osborne of “trying to scare people in Scotland” after the Chancellor seized on a report by the Treasury which warned it may not be viable for the country to keep the pound if it votes for independence.

'No guarantee' that independent Scotland could reach currency deal, Osborne warns

Scotland would be left with three options - keeping pound, creating Scottish currency or joining euro

Small firms give thumbs down for George Osborne's recovery plans

London’s small businesses delivered a harsh verdict on the Chancellor’s faltering efforts to kick-start the recovery today, with just one in 10 claiming the economy has improved in the last six months.

Easter: weak pound may deter holidaymakers

Currency collapses will mean a catastrophic cut in spending money for families heading abroad for the Easter holidays.

Pound rallies after Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King says recovery is 'in sight'

The battered pound fought back from recent near three-year lows today after Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King said sterling had fallen far enough and assured a recovery was "in sight".

Will the plummeting pound hit your holiday cash?

Travel money firms have been reporting record orders this week as holidaymakers rush to secure current rates among concerns that the pound could fall further against the value of the euro and dollar.

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Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
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The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
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Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
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