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UK narrowly escapes triple-dip recession as GDP figures show 0.3% growth in first three months of year

Analysts warn it is premature to hail the growth of the beginning of a sustained recovery

Chancellor's biggest challenge yet as UK teeters on brink of a triple-dip recession

George Osborne faces the most severe test of his Chancellorship tomorrow morning when official figures reveal whether or not the economy has slipped into an unprecedented "triple-dip" recession.

George Osborne's credibility may take another hit, after Fitch credit rating agency downgraded the UK's rating

George Osborne defends IMF criticism of his economic strategy

Chancellor George Osborne has rejected criticism of his economic austerity strategy by the International Monetary Fund.

Hamish McRae: What hope if Germany is floundering?

Economic View

Hamish McRae: We're buying new cars, but still wary of other big-ticket spending

There will be a lot of attention in the coming weeks to what the new Governor of the Bank of England will or won't do, and there is a danger that expectations will be too high – not so much of him but of the role of central banks in an advanced economy.

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove

There's no point in comparing our school holidays to other nations

When I got a bad school report and compared myself to others, my Dad said: “I’m not talking about them, I’m talking about you”. It’s that kind of philosophy Gove needs

Lending figures add gloom to concerns about UK economy

The Bank of England said today that net lending to British business is still falling.

Lagarde will be questioned over an arbitration payment

IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, in inquiry into misuse of public funds

The International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde will be questioned by a magistrate in May over an arbitration payment made to a wealthy supporter of the former President Nicolas Sarkozy, her lawyer said.

Mums seek work as wage growth hits a record low

Pay packets are growing at their slowest rate on record, forcing thousands more stay-at-home mums to look for work and adding to Britain’s dole queues, official figures revealed today.

IMF downgrades UK and calls for Plan B

The International Monetary Fund delivered a blow to George Osborne yesterday by downgrading its UK growth forecast for 2013 and issuing a politically awkward call for the Chancellor to ease up on his austerity programme.

Osborne has placed great emphasis on the IMF’s support for his fiscal consolidation plans

Double blow for George Osborne as IMF downgrades UK growth forecast and calls for a Plan B

Chancellor has placed great emphasis on IMF’s support for his plans since his first Budget

International creditors predict Greece will return to growth in 2014

EU, ECB and IMF say the next slice of financial support will be released soon

IMF revises growth down

The International Monetary Fund will this week downgrade its forecast for global growth in 2013 because of drastic US public spending cuts and renewed uncertainty over the eurozone's future.

Western diplomats hold Mr Fayyad in very high regard and believe his presence is crucial for progress in peace talks

Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, resigns in big blow to the peace process

Mr Fayyad has quit after clashes with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Cyprus must pay an extra €6bn for bailout loan

The cost of bailing out Cyprus has swollen to €23bn (£19bn), with the crisis-hit country having to take on the lion’s share of the measures needed to avoid bankruptcy, according to a draft report by its international creditors.

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