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May 30, 2012

Credit card lending contracted in April

by Jan Harris
Credit card lending contracted in April
Credit card lending contracted in April, representing the fourth time it has contracted in the past six months and suggesting that consumer confidence remains low. Repayments exceeded new borrowing by £118m last month, marking the biggest monthly contraction since August 2006, according to the latest figures from the Bank of England. Other types of personal lending increased by £400 million in ...




January 23, 2012

Gap between rich and poor cities to widen

by Jan Harris
Gap between rich and poor cities to widen
The economic gap between cities doing relatively well during the economic downturn and those that have been hard hit by the recession, is expected to widen. A report by the Centre for Cities, a research and policy organisation focused on improving the economic performance of UK cities, suggests that a combination of weak growth in the private sector and ...




January 17, 2012

Inflation falls to 4.2%

by Jan Harris
Inflation falls to 4.2%
The rate of Consumer Prices Index (CPI) inflation fell to 4.2 per cent in December, from 4.8 per cent in November, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the third consecutive month that inflation has fallen and December’s figures represents the biggest monthly fall since April 2009. Inflation is now at its lowest level since June ...




December 14, 2011

Inflation on downward trend

by Jan Harris
Inflation on downward trend
The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rate of inflation fell to 4.8 per cent in November it was revealed yesterday, representing the second consecutive 0.2 percentage point monthly decline. Although the price of domestic heating and alcohol increased during the month, this was offset by a fall in the cost of food, petrol, clothing, furniture and household equipment. A good harvest and competition ...




November 28, 2011

OECD warns of UK recession and unemployment

by Jan Harris
OECD warns of UK recession and unemployment
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has cut its global growth forecast for next year to 3.4 per cent and has warned that the UK will follow Europe into recession. The organisation also predicts that unemployment in the UK will reach 9.1 per cent by 2013. Yesterday the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, a non-governmental economic forecasting ...




November 16, 2011

Bank of England expects economy to stagnate

by Jan Harris
Bank of England expects economy to stagnate
In its latest quarterly inflation report the Bank of England warns that the UK’s economic outlook has worsened. It suggests that the economy could stagnate until the middle of next year, with growth predictions for 2011 and 2012 cut to around 1 per cent, compared with its August forecast of 1.7 per cent growth in 2011 and 2 per ...




November 1, 2011

Australia cuts interest rates to boost growth

by Kay Mitchell
”Australia
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has today elected to cut interest rates by one quarter of a percentage point to 4.5% in a bid to bolster growth. The move, which was widely expected, comes as the global economy slows and unemployment rises (currently at 5.2%). It was the first time in two-and-a-half years that the RBA has cut rates. The Australian ...




October 26, 2011

US consumer confidence slumps in October

by Kay Mitchell
”US
US consumer confidence slumped in October, the Conference Board has reported. The closely-monitored Consumer Confidence Index from the Conference Board dived to 39.8 this month from September’s reading of 46.4. Not only was the reading less than forecasts of a level of 46.0, it was the lowest since March 2009, when the US was in recession. Furthermore, the index remains far away from the ...




October 24, 2011

Markit: Household finances continue to be squeezed

by Kay Mitchell
”Markit:
The Markit Household Finance Index (HFI) has today published a gloomy report as families’ finances were slightly worse in October than in September. Meanwhile, Markit’s HFI, which measures prospects for finances over the coming year, dived to 34.5 this month, from September’s reading of 42.2. The reading represented the lowest in the survey’s history and remains way below the 50 level which ...




October 21, 2011

UK Public Sector Borrowing lower than expected in September

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK public sector net borrowing fell last month. According to the ONS, public sector net borrowing came in at a lower than expected £14.1 billion in September, boosted by tax receipts. Analysts had expected borrowing to total £14.5 billion. Furthermore, the ONS revised down the borrowing figure for August by £2 billion ...




Nationwide: UK consumer confidence slips further in September

by Kay Mitchell
”Nationwide:
The latest survey from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed a fall in UK consumer confidence for the month of September. The building society’s consumer confidence index fell for the fourth consecutive month, falling by 3 points to 45 in September – hovering dangerously close to the all-time low of 41. Furthermore, it is 10 points lower than this time last ...




October 20, 2011

German Government slashes economic growth forecast

by Kay Mitchell
”German
The German Government has today slashed its growth forecasts for the euro zone’s largest economy. The Government said it now expected the economy to expand by 1% in 2012, down from an earlier estimate of 1.8%. Meanwhile, this year’s forecast has been lowered slightly to 2.9% from 3%. Its downgrade comes just a week after Germany’s leading economic institutes cut their growth forecasts for ...




ONS: UK retail sales up 0.6% in September

by Kay Mitchell
”ONS:
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK retail sales beat forecasts in September, led by spending on electrical goods such as laptop computers. According to the Statistics Office, sales rose by 0.6% last month, reversing the 0.4% fall in August. Furthermore, the figure was 0.6% higher on an annual basis. Retail sales have been struggling over recent times as ...




October 17, 2011

Item Club warns of euro zone crisis impact

by Kay Mitchell
”Item
Leading think tank, the Ernst & Young Item Club, has warned that growth within the UK economy is “grinding to a halt” because of the euro zone debt crisis. The Item Club also warned that the quantitative easing (QE) measures, announced recently by the Bank of England, are unlikely to boost the recovery. Its comments come just a week after the ...




October 13, 2011

Euro zone’s ‘powerhouse’ expected to slow

by Kay Mitchell
”Euro
Growth in the Germany economy, which is the euro zone’s largest, is expected to slow sharply next year as the ongoing debt crisis persists. In a closely monitored twice-yearly report, Germany’s leading economic institutes have slashed their growth forecasts for the economy from 2% next year to 0.8%, citing the debt problems in the euro zone. The report will raise questions about the ...




October 12, 2011

UK unemployment soars to 17-year high

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK unemployment rose sharply in the three months to August – rising to a 17-year high. The ONS said unemployment rose by 114,000 in the three month period to 2.57 million, taking the unemployment rate to 8.1% - higher than forecasts. In comparison, unemployment in the US stands at 9.1%, Japan’s unemployment rate is ...




October 7, 2011

US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.1%

by Kay Mitchell
”US
According to the Labor Department, the world’s largest economy added 137,000 new jobs last month, as the public sector cut 34,000 jobs. According to the Labor Department, the private-sector numbers benefited from the return of around 45,000 Verizon workers who had fallen off payrolls in August due to a strike. Excluding those workers, payrolls increased by 58,000. The latest figure means the unemployment ...




September 30, 2011

German unemployment hits lowest level in 20 years

by Kay Mitchell
”German
Official data has revealed unemployment in Germany dropped to its lowest level in more than 20 years in September. The country’s unemployment rate fell from August’s rate of 7% to 6.6%. Unemployment now stands at 2.79 million – the first time since 1992 that the jobless total has been below 2.8 million. It was also much better than economists had expected. The country’s ...




Japan’s industrial output increases in August

by Kay Mitchell
”Japan’s
Japan’s industrial output recovered further last month after a record drop in March due to the earthquake and tsunami. Disruptions caused by the twin disasters resulted in carmakers being forced to halt production as a result of parts shortages. However, it looks as if the situation continues to improve after output rose by 0.8% last month compared with July, figures from the Finance ...




US economic growth revised upwards for Q2

by Kay Mitchell
”US
The Commerce Department has revealed the world’s largest economy grew by 1.3% on an annual basis in the April to June period – higher than an initial estimate of 1%. The figure was also slightly higher than analysts’ expectations of 1.2% and follows a 0.4% growth rate in the first quarter of the year. The upward revision was attributed to higher ...