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Wednesday 06 July 2011
Tuesday 05 July 2011
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.
Saturday 18 June 2011
I have been annoying my colleagues over the past few days (nothing new there, they might say) by making constant references to my forthcoming holiday.
Thursday 02 June 2011
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).
Thursday 19 May 2011
The size of the Latin American community in London has grown nearly fourfold over the last decade with more than a third of the population migrating to the capital in the last six years.
Thursday 12 May 2011
Saturday 02 April 2011
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.
Friday 04 March 2011
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.
Thursday 24 February 2011
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.
Saturday 05 February 2011
Friday 04 February 2011
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.
Wednesday 02 February 2011
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.
Monday 31 January 2011
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.
Monday 17 January 2011
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.
Friday 24 December 2010
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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