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Inflation across the single currency bloc fell to 0.7% in January moving closer to deflationary territory

Jim Armitage: We're feeling better but let's hope the recovery continues

Outlook It would be churlish not to cheer the economic good news that has emerged this week. The unemployment picture is particularly heartwarming, given that each number off the dole list is a household with more wealth, self-respect and happiness.

Book review: The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay, By Hooman Majd

When the Iranian-born but Western-raised writer Hooman Majd decided to take his wife and baby son to live in Iran for a year, he knew the powers-that-be would not festoon his path with roses.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney assured that interest rates will not be raised immediately

Governor Mark Carney declares recovery is here, but will interest rates rise?

The latest economic forecasts looked, on the surface, like good news

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says 'the recovery has finally taken hold'

Bank of England upgrades growth forecast for UK economy as Mark Carney hints at rise in interest rates

Unemployment not expected to fall to key threshold of 7% before 2016

Energy giant SSE delivers 3.2% increase in interim dividend payment to investors weeks after announcing a hike in household bills

Group blames £115.4m loss onrising costs of wholesale energy, environmental and social policies

Surprise dip in inflation dampens calls for BoE to put interest rates up

The prospect of an early hike in interest rates by the Bank of England receded yesterday as prices rose by considerably less than expected last month.

A petrol pump price war saw 4.9p cut from a litre of fuel

Inflation falls to its lowest level for more than a year as consumers benefit from petrol pump price war

Figures ease pressure on the Bank of England as it strives to meet its inflation target of 2 per cent

The Big Six energy firms have been accused of using consumers as 'cash cows'

We’re all in it together: Last of Big Six energy companies to announce price hikes even as Ed Davey says customers are not ‘cash cows’

Energy Secretary warns firms they are now no better than 'greedy bankers' in public eye

David Cameron insists that squeeze on public-sector spending is permanent

Prime Minister outlines vision of money-saving, slimmed-down government after 2015 election

John Major's comments on privilege are all very well – but was he asleep for Blair's decade in office?

“Education, education, education” wasn’t just the crappest tricolon ever

Fund managers controlling billions of pounds invested in UK energy companies have warned that they are considering pulling out of the sector because of political interference in the market

Big Six energy firms face investor exodus over political interference in pricing

Fund managers controlling billions of pounds invested in UK energy companies have warned that they are considering pulling out of the sector because of political interference in the market.

Poundland is aiming to be quids in for years to come

The store is confident its strategy remains sound as it eyes an £800m float

Government's attempt to save salary-linked pensions could eat into other retirement schemes

A Government attempt to save salary-linked pensions could see private sector workers’ retirement funds eaten away by inflation and the loss of payments to the spouses of deceased policyholders, it was reported last night.

Shock as ECB cuts interest rates to a record low of 0.25 per cent

Stronger euro and fears of deflation thought to be behind surprise move
The Bank of England kept interest rates on hold once more today

Bank of England holds rates at record low

Rates held at 0.5% and £375 billion economy-boosting drive unchanged

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