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The Bank of England’s flagship policy of forward guidance on interest rates will “evolve” next month, Mark Carney said yesterday, as he sought again to dampen expectations of an imminent rate rise.

A triumph of business and lunch

Davos - Competitiveness, the network society, monetary union, blah, blah, flexible labour markets, the pensions timebomb, currency stability, blah, blah, cybermoney, globalisation, blah, blah, deepening financial crisis, blah, blah, the yen-dollar exchange rate, systemic financial risk, blah, blah, blah, yawn.

Soros offers to pay Europe's new way

Billionaire currency speculator and philanthropist George Soros is preparing to put a considerable part of his fortune into promoting a "Congress of Europe" to bring about political reform in the European Union.

When Soros debunks capitalism, you know a sea-change is on the way

A grand ceremony took place in Bonn last week. Chancellor Helmut Kohl paid his respects to the memory of Ludwig Erhard, born 100 years ago. Erhard was briefly Chancellor in the 1960s. But he is revered for the years before that, when he served as Minister of Economics and was worshipped as the father of the West German "Economic Miracle" - the Wirtschaftswunder.

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Two top international forecasters have reached widely differing views of Britain's competitiveness. How come?

Britain has jumped three places higher in the world competitiveness league, pulling ahead of all other EU countries except Denmark, according to a report published today.

When Swiss analysis goes completely cuckoo

Well, there's a thing. The two Swiss organisations which used jointly to produce the only serious attempt to rank countries by their competitiveness have this year gone their own separate ways. And yes, they have come up with startlingly different findings. With the benefit of hindsight, the World Economic Forum's divorce from the Institute for International Management Development was perhaps inevitable for the two seem to have radically different views of what matters in economic success.

Yeltsin tries to outshine Red star of Davos

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'Clean hands' candidate looks likely to be Poland's next PM

The governing coalition partners in Poland yesterday put forward a former Communist, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, for the post of prime minister following the resignation of Jozef Oleksy over allegations that he had spied for the KGB.

Britain sinks to 18th place on competitiveness table

Economy: Report highlights deteriorating skills performance, education and attitudes to work

Heseltine hits at Eurosceptics

CABINET divisions over Europe were exposed again last night as Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, fired a warning shot against the Euro-sceptics. Mr Heseltine, a prominent pro-European, warned colleagues not to "wrap themselves in the flag", and hinted that concessions might have to be made in the 1996 inter-governmental conference.

OUTLOOK : British miss their place at the Kazakh dinner

By any standards this was a bizarre dinner party. The hosts were the President, finance and energy ministers of Kazakhstan, the venue a slightly down-at-heel three-star hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The dinner was part of the World Econo mic Forum, Europe's primary "networking" conference for business, political and academic leaders.

MARKET REPORT : Lloyds Abbey Life saga revisited

The FT-SE 100 index closed 4.3 points lower at 2,991.6, and the supporting FT-SE 250 index lost 11.9 to close at 3,370.4. Volume was 558.4 million shares with 18,083 bargains. Government stocks were firm.

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