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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'

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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

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Net migration for the last year stands at 165,600

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

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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

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Retired renters pay the price for selling up

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