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

Labour leader Ed Miliband during a Q&A session at the Standard Life building in Edinburgh, Thursday 7 November

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Some Labour figures worry that the party leader is overdoing the anti-business rhetoric

George Osborne says he wants the national minimum wage to increase to £7 an hour

George Osborne facing backlash over plans to increase minimum wage

George Osborne was facing a backlash from business leader today over his support for a sharp increase in the value of the national minimum wage.

George Osborne says he wants the national minimum wage to increase to £7 an hour

Chancellor surprises Vince Cable with call for above-inflation increase to minimum wage

George Osborne pre-empts Ed Miliband speech on economy, but  Lib Dems say Treasury ignored repeated calls for increase

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Experts warn of a ‘notably strong’ property market and the creation of a new bubble

A bubble? No, this is a toxic housing crisis

The problem is, speeches won't build you a home - and neither will politicians

James Moore: Lidl luxuries are drawing in those 'squeezed middle' shoppers

Outlook Britain's so-called squeezed middle has found a solution to Ed Miliband's cost of living crisis. It's called Aldi – or Lidl.

Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

Is inflation really falling? Not in my weekly shop

Officially, the cost of living is under control. So why doesn't it feel like that?

The biggest contribution to the fall in the inflation rate came from a decline in the price of groceries

Fall in inflation fuels hopes of rise in living standards

Pay increases now more likely to outstrip cost of living growth as CPI rate sinks to 2 per cent

Ed Miliband says he can save the middle class

Ed Miliband says a Labour government would champion the 'anxious middle classes'

Party strategists know they cannot rely on the 'cost of living crisis' to carry them to victory in next year's general election

Barratt sales up 71% lifted by Help to Buy scheme

Barratt Developments, the biggest builder by volumes, has unveiled a huge 71 per cent rise in sales reservations to £1.26 billion — inspired by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme

Inflation fell to the Bank of England's target of 2 per cent for the first time in over four years in December.

Inflation hits Bank of England's target of 2% in December

CPI rate fell to 2 per cent in December for the first time in over four years

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Firms which can raise prices may be a good bet for future growth
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Ashling O'Connor: IOC and Fifa may learn Olympics and World Cup are not too big to fail

International Olympic Committee and Fifa are about to embark on a prolonged period of instability, with their flagship events lined up in a frightening domino effect of uncertainty

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