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.

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