News George Osborne during a visit to AW Hainsworth and Sons textile manufacturer in October.

Official figures show UK economy grew 0.7% in the fourth quarter bringing the annual growth rate to 1.9%

Bank rates pledge puts jobs in spotlight

The spotlight will fall on Britain's jobs market this week as the Bank of England's forward guidance on interest rates invests official unemployment figures with new significance.

Gearing up for future exports: Workers at DP World London Gateway Port in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex. The port is due to open towards the end of the year, and will be Europe's largest

More upbeat economic news: UK exports hit record high of £78bn

'Encouraging for hopes that growth is not only strengthening but becoming more broadly based'

73% of adults are daily internet users

Daily internet use has more than doubled in past seven years

But Office for National Statistics figures reveal that a fifth of households still have no online access

The UK's population grew more in the past year than any other in Europe

UK population fastest growing in Europe

Net migration for the last year stands at 165,600

Crowds in central London - and it's getting more crowded

Now we are 63.7m: UK had biggest population growth in Europe over past year

Growth of 419,900 means UK is now the third largest EU nation behind Germany and France

Manufacturing becomes latest sector to show jump in output

Manufacturing is the latest bright spot on a rapidly improving economic horizon, official figures suggested yesterday.

Manufacturing has seen a month-on-month rise of 1.9%

Boom Britain: Triple boost for UK economy fuel recovery hopes

Optimistic signs after growth across manufacturing, construction and services

Services boost points to British economy achieving ‘escape velocity’

The economy is approaching “escape velocity” after the latest survey snapshot of the dominant services sector pointed to the fastest rate of expansion in more than six years. The Markit/Cips Purchasing Managers Index for services shot up to 60.2 in July, up from 56.9 the previous month. Any figure above 50 signals growth.

Vince Cable may amend controversial zero-hours contracts

Business Secretary rules out banning the contracts altogether

70% of renters say they will never stop trying to get on the housing ladder

96% of current renters still ‘dream of owning a home someday’

Small Talk: Zero-hours contracts? Key for growth

Depending on whose figures you use, small and medium-sized enterprises account for between 60 and 70 per cent of jobs in the UK economy, and are behind as much as two-thirds of new job creation.

Zero-hours contracts: One million British workers could be affected

Unions call for reform as Business Secretary orders review into practice

The News Matrix: Monday 5 August 2013

Arrest after tourist dies in car rampage

Anthony Hilton: Recovery will tip many families over the edge

At a media breakfast on Tuesday Andrew Sentance, the in-house economist for Pricewaterhouse-Coopers, pointed out an oddity in the national income figures.

Retired renters pay the price for selling up

Retirees turning their back on the housing market in the pursuit of ready cash to settle debts are paying the price in accommodation costs, the latest figures suggest.

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

A
Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
Lake Garda
Minoan Crete and Santorini
Prices correct as of 1 May 2015
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before