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%

The News Matrix: Thursday 19 December 2013

Tories will vote on any new coalition

Taxpayers lost £230m in Lloyds share sale

Figures undermine Osborne's claims that sale presented a profit for taxpayers

UK house prices jump 5.5% driven by London's booming property market

London house prices rose almost twice as fast as the UK average in the year to October, official figures show.

UK inflation falls to a 4-year low at 2.1% in November

The lowest inflation for four years added to the UK’s economic purple patch yesterday, following strong quarterly growth and and declining unemployment in boosting the nation’s recovery prospects next year.

The Rolling Stones are a more valuable asset than David Bowie, a new report has revealed

The Rolling Stones are more valuable than David Bowie, says new music report

UK Music has revealed the importance of touring for generating funds

British employers blamed for £754bn brain drain

Concerns raised as employers use smaller proportion of nation’s natural human talent and skills

Lesbophobia is alive and well

Too often displays of affection in public attract male leering

UK construction output nears 2-year high buoyed by housebuilding

Construction returned to growth in October as a rise in house building helped the sector expand by 2.2%, reaching a near two-year high level of output.

London property market boosts Bellway after Made in Chelsea sale

Housebuilder Bellway is capitalising on London's roaring property market after selling a clutch of Made in Chelsea expensive aparments.

Last year, an average of £7.80 went on wine, beer and spirits brought from the off licence or supermarket

Stay-at-home drinking and socialising on the rise as Britons avoid paying premium of being served food or drink in pubs and bars

Going for a coffee is now the third most popular leisure outing beating attending a concert or hitting a night club, according to study

The News Matrix: Thursday 12 December 2013

Spending on home families’ biggest cost

Energy passes transport as biggest single household expenditure

UK households now spend £68 a week on housing, ahead of transport and recreation

A senior High Court judge has argued that couples should not have children until they are ready to wed

Couples should not have children until they are ready to marry, says High Court judge

A senior High Court judge has argued that couples should not have children until they are ready to wed.

Number of people over the age of 85 in England and Wales up by 25%

The number of the nation's “oldest old” has increased by nearly a quarter in the last decade, figures show.

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement 2013: Work until you’re 70 - George Osborne accused of ‘living in fantasy land’ over pension reforms

Changes mean anyone born after 1990 faces five years’ extra work - but measures could save £400bn over the next 50 years and reflect rising life expectancy

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