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Services sector on the rise again

The powerhouse services sector grew for the sixth month in a row in June, although business confidence slumped to its lowest for more than half a year amid fears over the faltering economic recovery.

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Manufacturing low adds to fears about recovery

Britain's manufacturers have moved "from rapid expansion to near stagnation", according to the latest survey of business confidence from the Chartered Institute for Purchasing and Supply (Cips).

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Manufacturing recovery slows, but prices soar

Record growth in the manufacturing sector came to a halt last month, according to the latest survey of business sentiment, in the latest worrying sign that the UK economy is growing only slowly.

New fears for recovery as services slow

Having bounced back strongly in January after the effects of the December snows and the worst winter in a century, growth in the service sector slowed in February. And the latest readings on activity suggest that official and Bank of England estimates for expansion in the first quarter of the year may prove difficult to achieve.

Signs of pick-up in business investment

The latest survey of the UK's service sector reveals sharply differing fortunes, says the CBI. Firms dealing directly with consumers have seen a whole year of decline in confidence, says the employers' organisation – but business-to-business companies are much more bullish about the outlook.

Service sector revels in thaw to bounce back

Companies in the service sector – which accounts for 70 per cent of GDP – bounced back to business as usual in January, after the early heavy snow disrupted their activities in December.

Ex-MP 'used false invoices for cleaning work'

A former Labour MP accused of fiddling his parliamentary expenses used false invoices to claim for cleaning work that was not done, a court heard today.

Private sector jobs rise but pay lags inflation

One of the UK's leading recruitment agencies has reported stronger-than-expected growth in private-sector jobs – but many of those jobs are poorly paid and insecure, according to separate research.

Regional output hit by winter chill

Private sector output growth slowed in December across the majority of English regions, data from Lloyds Banking Group will show today. The slowdown was centred on the service sector, with a number of firms suggesting that the harsh winter weather hit demand from clients.

UK economy slides as cuts bite into service sector and mortgage loans fall

The outlook for the UK economy darkened yesterday as data showed that output in the key service sector fell in October, while mortgage approvals slumped to a 20-month low in November.

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