He may have expressed it rudely, but the evidence suggests that the Trade Secretary was right to criticise Britain’s business leaders
'Although individual businesses continue to report strong trading conditions, the overall picture suggests a sharp slowdown in UK growth lies ahead'
Our Economics Commentator says that, after seven years of ultra-easy money, we must look to America for the answers
Economic forecasts and statistics should remind us that we live in a complex and internationally connected economy – so don't forget the bigger picture
Historians found that the destruction of the middle classes was crucial to the rise of fascism, communism and militarism after the Great Depression. We must not allow history to repeat itself
When you get a big shock to the economy it is better to look at what people do, not what they say – people do not always tell the truth to pollsters
Across the 163 countries we measured in the world, the UK is one of the poorest performers in ensuring that growth in the economy is translated into meaningful improvements for its citizens
In addition to guaranteeing the rights of big business, new trade deals will mean further financial deregulation in the UK
... and the four other things to look out for in economic news this week
From the vantage point of financial markets, none of the governance options on the table will be attractive and the political uncertainty has the potential to undermine economic recovery
Domestic solidity is of great importance for Italy; so are political stability and predictability. In times of economic and political uncertainty following Brexit, the latter would come in handy to Great Britain too
Annual Treasury payments to the Royal family rise to £43m, up 38% since 2012
Government bond yields continue to fall and four other things to look out for this week
Reforms to the labour market and the way companies are run might feel un-Conservative, but they would help to tackle its ‘party of the rich’ image, reinforced by the Panama Papers revelations about Cameron’s wealth
The big EU questions: With less than three weeks to go before the potentially epoch-making vote on British membership of the EU, the debate so far has been characterised by bias, distortion and exaggeration. So from now until the referendum we are running a series of question and answer features that will explain the most important issues in a detailed, dispassionate way to help inform your decision
The opinion polls feed the markets. What is interesting about this, however, is whether the markets will also start to feed the polls. In other words, if the pound weakens further, will this bring more support to the Remain camp?