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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Angela Merkel had a 90-minute TV debate with the Social Democrat candidate for Chancellor, Peer Steinbrück

Angela Merkel’s rival Peer Steinbrück critical of eurozone austerity ahead of elections

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her centre-left rival sparred over Europe’s debt crisis and how best to keep Germany’s economy strong as they faced each other on Sunday evening in a televised debate ahead of elections on 22 September, with Ms Merkel’s challenger insisting that it makes no sense to apply a “deadly dose” of austerity to eurozone strugglers.

Bank sits tight as UK recovers

More evidence of growing economic momentum is set to stay the Bank of England's hand on help for the recovery this week.

Industrial action threatens supply of beer to 30,000 premises across UK

Delivery workers are unhappy about changes to employment terms and conditions and a restructuring exercise to build three giant distribution hubs

Draymen's dispute threatens beer supply to thousands of pubs and clubs

Unite union says national agreement was being changed, threatening job losses

The Olive Branch pub in Clipsham, Rutland, has been named Pub of the Year

The great bar brawl: Rivals clash over ‘bad pub’ closures

Good Beer Guide gets in a froth as rival Good Pub Guide says that 4,000 hostelries deserve to shut

Ben Chu: Bank of England boss, Mark Carney, may have to wield the big stick of QE if he is to win City support

"Don't fight the Fed" is one of a traditional axiom of bond traders. It means that if the US central bank wants interest rates to move in a certain direction, they ultimately will, so you'd better not get in the way. But "don't fight the Bank of England" does not have the same folk-wisdom status on trading floors. And that's the nub of the problem facing Mark Carney and his policy of forward guidance.

Cautious welcome to decline in families without a wage earner

The Office for National Statistics warns drop has not occurred solely from people finding jobs

Boris Johnson, seen here in Melbourne, has made an impassioned plea for a bilateral labour exchange between Britain and Australia

Australians should be allowed to work freely in Britain, says Mayor of London Boris Johnson

Mayor of London launches into anti-EU rant in article, claiming Britain's future lies in renewed links with Australia, with which the UK is 'deeply connected'

Ben Chu: Productivity plummeted in 2008 – and its fortunes are tied to our own

Economic View: Through education and developing new technologies, we have increased output

UK rallying faster than thought as exports leap boosts GDP

Hopes are boosted for rebalancing of economy towards trade and investment

Driven to great lengths: The strangest things young grads have done to get a job

An unemployed graduate has advertised her CV in a taxi in a desperate attempt to land an interview - but is this the weirdest gambit anyone has tried to get noticed?

Signs of the times: renewed activity in the housing market is held as a cause of celebration, but rising prices just mean your next home will cost more

Kate Hughes: House price rise doesn't have any bearing on real life

Your home might be worth more on the market, but you still need somewhere to live

Young people ‘being failed’ by national job schemes

Number of people starting job schemes fell by 8% over three years, according to report

Retail boosts confidence: Strong July for shoppers casts doubt on Bank of England strategy

A surge in retail sales in July has bolstered the City's confidence in the British recovery and cast more doubt over the credibility of the Bank of England's pledge to keep interest rates down for three years.

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