News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

World oil consumption forecast raised by watchdog

An energy watchdog lifted its forecast for world oil consumption today but played down fears that prices will top 100 US dollars a barrel.

English universities on course to become most expensive in world

Students in England will be paying more for a public university degree course than those anywhere else in the world if fees rise to £5,000 a year, according to research published today.

Investment insider: London stock market is a good bet when UK economy is slow

The outlook for the UK economy is far from rosy. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Commission reckon that growth will slow next year .

David Prosser: Basel allows the banks to breathe a little easier

Outlook: While the G20 will no doubt embrace Basel III with great enthusiasm, many of its members have yet to fully implement Basel II, unveiled in 2004

Hamish McRae: The dance this winter will probably be two steps forward and one step back

Economic Life: Consumer demand can be inflated for a while by policies such as cash rebates on cars or tax breaks on home sales. But when these run out demand flops back

Trade deficit explodes as economy heads for slowdown

The British economy will slow sharply this autumn, though escaping an outright contraction and a formal "double dip" recession, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has predicted.

Interest rates on hold for 18th month

The Bank of England maintained its emergency support for the economy today by keeping interest rates at 0.5% for the 18th month in a row.

UK growth stronger than other G7 nations, say OECD report

The UK will see the strongest growth among all of the G7 nations in the third quarter despite a sharply slowing recovery, economic forecasters said today.

Britain falls behind Poland and Slovakia in university tables

The UK has lost its edge as a world leader in providing higher education, one of the most authoritative international studies has revealed.

Hamish McRae: Blame Brown, not officials, for this cock-up

Are you one in six millions and got your letter from the tax people yet? And do they want more money from you or have they charged you too much in the past? And, of course, why on earth cannot these people get things right? For most of us the really upsetting thing about this whole sorry saga is the way it highlights the asymmetry in our relationship with the government. If they make a mistake and owe you money you eventually, after a lot of hounding, get your money back. (Their current trick is to delay payment by saying they are making additional security checks.) But if you make a mistake, for example paying late, you get charged interest and maybe even have to pay a penalty.

UK plummets in graduate league table

The UK lost its status as one of the world leaders in producing graduates, according to a league table published today.

Almaty and Astana are just out of this world

Kazakhstan is launching itself as the new Singapore – a stopover destination for people heading further east. Adrian Mourby gets a sneak preview of Central Asia's curious transit delight

A climate for European action

With developing countries looking for a sign that the developed world is committed to low-carbon energy, it is left to Europe to lead the way towards averting devastating climate change

Twice the energy, half the emissions...

It’s often asked, but it’s important: how do we ensure a secure energy supply and at the same time build a cleaner energy system? The question is the same for the UK as it is for the whole world. And it immediately throws up more questions. What kinds of energy do we need? What is the role of technology? What behaviour change will be needed? What practical steps have been taken already? And what can an oil and gas company possibly do to help?

IEA fears backlash after BP disaster

The devastating BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left future development of deepwater finds hanging in the balance, threatened by tighter regulation and permit delays, according to the International Energy Agency.

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