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The IMF's upgrade for the UK economy will be greeted with glee in 11 Downing Street.

Feast day: Christmas tea for a family in 1919. Menus change, but not the spirit

Christmas should be as much about the elderly as it is the young

Making time for our elders at Christmas makes the season more meaningful for all invoved

Eurozone told to turn on money presses or dice with deflation

The eurozone must follow the examples of the UK, US and Japan by turning to the printing presses to avoid the threat of damaging deflation, according to an assessment by a leading economic think-tank.

Shops cut prices for sixth month in succession

Shopkeepers are still furiously cutting prices in an attempt to retain market share and boost sales, despite the brisk economic recovery, a survey shows.

Simon Read: How to avoid being caught out if the property bubble bursts

Such uncertainties have been a feature of the mortgage market for several years

Robert Jenkins: On this rocky road central bankers' signs cannot be clear

Midweek View: Central bankers are cautious by nature so the odds favour backing off rather than pressing on

'Abenomics' scheme to save Japan's economy

Country’s leader gives his name to an ambitious plan to end 15 years of deflation and recession

Economic woes ensure more deadlock

It looks as though this weekend's election will return Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party to power in coalition with its long-time partner, the Komeito. Depending on the actual seat count, the LDP may well need to add smaller parties to its coalition in order to get a stable majority in the lower house, and it will certainly need to incorporate or co-operate with smaller parties in the upper house to pass legislation. Still, the LDP will be in a strong position for setting policy directions.

North-south gap in house prices starts to narrow as London dips

London property prices have slumped for the first time a year, with central London prices falling 1.2 per cent in November.

Hopes rise as house price falls slow

Property prices are falling at their lowest rate for two years, sparking hopes that the end of the double-dip recession will boost the housing market.

Lessons to be learnt from great Wall Street Crash

The philosopher George Santayana said: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Webb Simpson of the United States (R) looks down at the trophy as Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland looks on

Graeme McDowell expresses frustration after missing out on US Open by one shot to Webb Simpson

Graeme McDowell admitted to frustration and pride after losing out in the US Open by a shot to Webb Simpson.

Rising cotton price puts pressure on retailers

The era of cheap clothing on the high street is probably over, as soaring demand from emerging markets keeps the price of natural fibres stubbornly high, a body representing the US cotton industry has warned.

Ad market set to slow down in UK

The UK advertising market is set to slowdown this year after falling retail sales put the brakes on company spending, causing one influential player to downgrade its 2011 forecasts.

Clothing costs less but food prices resume rise

The cost of clothing, footwear and electrical goods at Britain's shops fell for the second month running in April, with the annual rate of inflation easing to its lowest since the beginning of the year, as retailers sought to lure consumers with Easter discounts, according to a new survey published today.

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