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

Hopes of economic recovery take double blow as GDP remains at 0.7%

Hopes of a broad-based recovery for the UK were dealt a blow today as official figures showed trade flat-lining and business spending falling steeply between April and June.

More than three-quarters of administrative and secretarial jobs are done by a woman

Many women are in low-paid jobs and are far less likely than men to be in charge: ONS study says progress to gender equality at work has stalled in last 20 years

In the 1970s and 1980s, the gender gap at work was closing quickly, but progress has slowed dramatically

India's parody rape ‘it's your fault’ video sends a message to us all about the ways victims are blamed

The uncomfortable truth is that we still find similar attitudes towards rape in the West with disturbing regularity

Construction lays foundation for fastest growth quarter since 2010

The UK’s builders and manufacturers could hand Chancellor George Osborne yet more good news this week with figures poised to show the quickest advance for the economy since the Coalition took office.

According to the Trussell Trust, the number of people who need food banks like this one has risen by 200 per cent

One in three Britons struggling to feed themselves

A Which? survey out today reveals that rising grocery bills are causing real hardship

George Osborne tonic as borrowing shrinks £1.3bn

The Chancellor, George Osborne, was handed more good news on the economy yesterday as the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said borrowing could be as much as £13bn lower than the Government’s target this year.

Foxtons to float amid strong housing market

Foxtons, the estate agents chain, will float on the London Stock Exchange today with an estimated value of about £650m.

Osborne claimed that Britain's economy was 'turning a corner'

Economic recovery in doubt as figures show UK workforce produces 20% less than other major economies

‘Bad news’ for British productivity leads to questions over George Osborne’s claims we are in ‘early stages of recovery’

Retail sales fall as hard-hit shoppers rein in spending

Britons eased back on the barbecues last month after a glorious July, sending retail sales skidding lower for the first time since April today.

Concerns have mounted in recent weeks that Government initiatives to kick-start the housing market such as Funding for lending and Help to Buy are in danger of creating a property bubble

London house prices rise by 9.7% sparking fears of new property bubble

Concerns over Government initiatives to kick-start the housing market

Brickies secure huge pay rises on back of new homes demand

Bricklayers' pay has surged 20% in the past six months as housebuilders struggle to keep up with a surge in demand for homes driven by the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, an industry boss said today.

George Osborne confirmed today the Government has sold a 6 per cent stake in Lloyds Banking Group for 3.21 billion at a share price of 75p.

£3.2bn Lloyds share sale paves way for second round but government makes only £61m profit

Government has sold a 6% share in Lloyds Banking Group

Vince Cable: The Business Secretary's aides have ruled out a direct ban

Cable announces new protections to stop exploitation of zero-hours staff

Workers on zero-hours contracts will be given new protections to prevent them from being exploited, the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, will announce on Monday.

The economy is turning a corner? No, Osborne is just taking us all for a ride

In the labour market evidence suggests many, or even most,  are being left behind

Leap in housing orders builds hopes for UK economy boost

A £4 billion boost in new housing today sparked hopes that Britain’s builders will be able to keep pace with a surge in demand for new homes and boost the wider economy.

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