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The Weekly Brief

Your one page digest of the previous week's main economic news - and what it means for your business.

  • (20/04/2015 – 139kb, PDF)

    UK job creation continued in the three months to February with almost a quarter of a million more people in work. A second month of zero inflation also supported a respectable rise in price-adjusted pay. Yet weak price growth across most of the advanced economies is mainly due to lower oil prices and the cause of that is partly weak global demand. Hardly encouraging.

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  • (13/04/2015 – 144kb, PDF)

    It's the season for planting and many of the factors driving UK economic growth are home grown. The service and manufacturing sectors are flowering. In contrast, many exporters continue to struggle. Yet economic growth remains reliant on the semi-artificial nutrient of low interest rates. So it can't yet be labelled truly organic.

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  • (07/04/2015 – 138kb, PDF)

    A respectable 0.6% expansion in output in the final quarter of the year currently places the UK in top spot among advanced nations for 2014 economic performance. Yet poor productivity growth continues to cast doubt about its sustainability. In the US, weak job growth added to concerns that the pace of expansion is slowing.

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  • (30/03/2015 – 138kb, PDF)

    Nothing was big news last week. Or at least zero was. In both the US and the UK consumer prices were unchanged on the previous year. Temporary deflation beckons, but signs are it will be of the ‘good’ variety. UK retail sales surged and Eurozone business indicators hit a four year high. Hardly the stuff of trouble.

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  • (23/03/2015 – 148kb, PDF)

    The die is cast. As the final set-piece before the election, the 2015 Budget provided the Chancellor with the opportunity to fix the framework on which the economic debate will rest. It also symbolises the start of the contest.

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