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

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The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

Construction output suffers a fall despite homebuilding surge

The office for National Statistics said construction output failed to improve despite a homebuilding surge

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England

Bank of England confirms interest rates and quantitative easing to remain unchanged in show of confidence in economy

Policy-makers had already pledged to keep rates at their record low until the unemployment rate falls to 7 per cent

'A reality check': Double dose of disappointing economic figures as recovery dented

Output from British factories fell unexpectedly in August

Why living near an airport could be bad for your health

Studies reveal link between areas with high noise pollution and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke among residents

IMF gives backing to Bank of England Governor Mark Carney over forward guidance

Mark Carney's flagship forward guidance policy was backed by the International Monetary Fund today as the Bank of England Governor marked 100 days at the helm in Threadneedle Street.

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Lesbian couples twice as likely as gay men to end civil partnership as 'divorces' up by 20%

Lesbian couples are nearly twice as likely as gay men to end a civil partnership, according to the latest government figures.

Trendy flats will not fix our housing shortage

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Severe rental arrears at lowest level since 2011

Around one in five families in England rent from a private landlord

Foreign funds pour into UK

Flows of money from overseas investors boosted funds at British asset managers to a record £5.4trn last year, it has emerged.

As rents rise, there may not be a better time to buy

Cheap mortgages can help you, not your landlord, benefit from the market, says Chiara Cavaglieri

Anthony Hilton: Shareholders can’t hold boards to account from the other side of the world

It’s unusual for economists like Ben Broadbent to admit they’re lost. It’s also unnerving

100 not out! Number of centenarians increases five-fold in just 30 years

Warning of future shock to pensions and health service as thousands reach age of 100

Britain's recovery driven by spending, not trade

ONS shows unbalanced growth, as consumer confidence rises to highest level since 2007

LSE on the up as London floats boost markets

A rise in the number of stock flotations, more  trading and increased investor sentiment boosted the London Stock Exchange during the spring and summe.

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