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

  • (29/06/2015 – 144kb, PDF)

    With capital controls, another referendum and banks closed for seven days, the next week will surely be a long time in Greek and European politics. Yet oddly the Eurozone private sector economy is looking in better shape than at any point in the past four years. Firms are trading and hiring staff. Are yards hard won about to be ceded?

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  • (22/06/2015 – 144kb, PDF)

    The waltz: where dancers hold each other close, spinning in a line of ever-increasing circular intensity yet always ending up in the same place. It can seem the same with Greece’s debt negotiations. But three meetings today could determine whether this is Greece’s last waltz. If a deal of sorts is reached, which is likely, the dance goes on.

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  • (15/06/2015 – 141kb, PDF)

    800 years ago the barons of medieval England forced King John to agree a limit on monarchical power. This agreement (recognised as the early foundation of individual legal protection and parliamentary democracy) has become known as Magna Carta. And yet debates about the limitations of authority still happen today. The most recent is the proposal to make it unlawful for governments to run budget deficits “in normal times”.

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  • (08/06/2015 – 144kb, PDF)

    There are welcome signs that Europe’s economy is slowly emerging from its prolonged slump. It’s a pity then that agreement with Greece remains unfinished business. Securing that deal would remove the Damoclean sword that hangs over the currency zone’s prospects.

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  • (01/06/2015 – 141kb, PDF)

    Most parents will be familiar with the anguished cry of “it wasn’t my fault”. And if they could speak, both the US and UK economies would probably be making it. Both had a lacklustre Q1, the US especially. And in both it was caused in large part by a worsening balance of trade. For the US, a poor economic performance reflects soggy global demand more than does domestic factors.

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