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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.

  • (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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  • (16/03/2015 – 143kb, PDF)

    A mixed week last week, with poor January UK numbers for much of manufacturing, construction and exports. There was more reassuring news from the housing market, which while slowing, is showing no signs of crashing. But there was curious and concerning news from the US, where retail sales unexpectedly fell sharply.

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  • (09/03/2015 – 151kb, PDF)

    As the Bank of England’s Bank Rate celebrates its sixth birthday at 0.5%, the European Central Bank blasted its new government bond buying programme today in a bid to fire up economic growth and inflation. A welcome omen is that the Eurozone’s economy grew by 0.3% in Q4 2014.

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  • (02/03/2015 – 149kb, PDF)

    Deflation has reached the US, but not to worry it’s the “good” sort that helps boost household spending. In contrast, continuing Eurozone deflation contains some of the “bad”. For the UK, lower oil prices were not all good news. Business investment fell, due primarily to a postponement of oil and gas projects.

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  • (23/02/2015 – 150kb, PDF)

    Last week’s crunch meeting of European finance ministers had echoes of crisis-driven summits from 2010. But despite the Oscar-worthy build up, this time a deal was done without the need to work the weekend.

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Monthly analysis and commentary on the outlook for UK, US & European interest rates and currency exchange rates.

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