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Euro zone interest rates remain on hold

Euro zone interest rates remain on hold

The European Central Bank (ECB) has today opted to leave interest rates unchanged at 1.5% - for the second consecutive month. Rates were lifted from the historic low of 1% in April and then raised further to 1.25% in July in a bid to curb rising inflation. Many major economies are battling with higher inflation, [...]

September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Fed: US economy remains sluggish

Fed: US economy remains sluggish

The latest Beige Book report, published by the Federal Reserve today, has revealed widespread signs that US economic growth continues to slow. The Fed said: “Economic activity continued to expand at a modest pace, though some districts noted mixed or weakening activity.” The economic recovery of the US remains sluggish in the face of higher [...]

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OECD lowers growth prospects for major economies

OECD lowers growth prospects for major economies

The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has revised its growth forecasts for major economies. The US, which is the world’s largest economy, is expected to see growth in the third quarter of 1.1% and 0.4% in the fourth – this is far lower than the previous estimates of 2.9% and 3%. However, [...]

September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
NIESR: UK economic recovery to remain sluggish

NIESR: UK economic recovery to remain sluggish

Recovery of the UK economy is to remain sluggish, with GDP slowing to 0.2% in the June to August period, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) predicts. This compares with a 0.6% rate in the three months to July. The influential think tank believes if the weakness continues, the Bank of England [...]

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Obama administration downgrade US economic growth prospects

Obama administration downgrade US economic growth prospects

There have been fears of late that the US economy could fall back into recession this year but the Obama administration does not envisage this and is predicting growth of 1.7% this year – albeit 1% less than its forecast earlier this year. Official data from the Commerce Department show the economy grew by just [...]

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BCC revises UK economic growth forecast

BCC revises UK economic growth forecast

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today revised its growth prospects for the UK economy. The lobby group is now forecasting growth of just 1.1% this year, down from its 1.3% forecast in June and much lower than the 1.9% it estimated at the start of the year. Meanwhile, it is expecting growth of [...]

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Stocks fall as Morgan Stanley downgrades global GDP

Stocks fall as Morgan Stanley downgrades global GDP

US banking giant Morgan Stanley today downgraded its forecast for global economic growth, sending stock markets falling throughout the world. The American bank lowered its expectations for world growth for the 2011 year to 3.9% from 4.5%, while also downgrading 2012 growth to 3.8% from 4.5%. The downgrade sent shockwaves through stock markets as double-dip [...]

August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Germany unveils slower economic growth

Germany unveils slower economic growth

Germany, which is the euro zone’s largest economy, has today reported slower growth for the second quarter. According to figures from Destatis, the German economy grew by just 0.1% in the April to June period – much less than the 0.5% expected by analysts. The figures will undoubtedly be a disappointment since Germany has been [...]

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Bank of England lowers economic growth forecast

Bank of England lowers economic growth forecast

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Australia cuts growth forecast

Australia cuts growth forecast

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has slashed its growth forecast after flood and cyclone disaster damaged the economy. The economy, dubbed the “wonder from down under” has recently experienced a slowdown after the disasters led to a fall in coal and agricultural exports and resulted in the economy contracting in the first quarter – [...]

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India lowers growth forecast to 8.2%

India lowers growth forecast to 8.2%

India, which is Asia’s third largest economy, has lowered its growth forecast for the current fiscal year to March 2012 to 8.2% from 9%. The revision comes amid global uncertainty and a series of interest rate hikes to combat stubbornly high inflation. Last week, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) raised key interest rates for [...]

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CBI revises UK growth prospects

CBI revises UK growth prospects

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has today revised its growth prospects for the UK Economy. The employer’s group is now forecasting growth of 1.3% this year, down from its May forecast of 1.7%. Meanwhile, it is still expecting growth of 2.2% in 2012 – unchanged from its previous forecast. The CBI has also suggested [...]

August 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK public sector borrowing higher than forecasts in June

UK public sector borrowing higher than forecasts in June

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK public sector borrowing rose last month. According to the ONS, public sector net borrowing rose to £14 billion last month compared with £13.6 billion June 2010. The figure was higher than analysts’ expectations and was attributed to a fall in income tax receipts. The figure [...]

July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Think tank revises UK growth forecast

Think tank revises UK growth forecast

Respected think tank, Ernst & Young ITEM Club, has lowered its growth forecast for the UK economy after warning that the UK is at a “critical juncture”. The ITEM Club now believes the UK economy will expand by 1.4% this year, down from an earlier estimate of 1.8%. Furthermore, it is predicting growth of 2.2% [...]

July 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
CIPD revise growth and unemployment forecasts

CIPD revise growth and unemployment forecasts

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has today provided an assessment for the UK economy. It has revised its growth forecasts to 1.4% for the 2011 year, down from its previous estimate of 1.6%. The estimate is roughly in line with other forecasts after the International Monetary Fund recently said the UK economy [...]

July 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK unemployment rate holds steady at 7.7%

UK unemployment rate holds steady at 7.7%

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK unemployment fell further in the three months to May. The ONS said unemployment fell by 26,000 in the three month period to 2.45 million. The latest figures means the unemployment rate remained flat at 7.7%. However, the number of Britons claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) surged [...]

July 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bank of Japan lowers economic growth forecasts

Bank of Japan lowers economic growth forecasts

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) has today revised its growth forecast for the economy following the earthquake and tsunami which struck in March. The twin disasters forced the country back into a recession after industrial output suffered a record drop and spending dived as consumer and business confidence took a battering. The Japanese economy, which [...]

July 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US Fed keeps interest rate at record low

US Fed keeps interest rate at record low

The Federal Reserve yesterday opted to keep interest rates at the record low of between 0% and 0.25% and hinted that they will stay this way for the medium-term. US interest rates have now been at this rate since December 2008 in an effort to stimulate economic growth. The US central bank also lowered its [...]

June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More
IMF provides assessment for UK economy

IMF provides assessment for UK economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has today published its annual assessment for the UK economy and is estimating growth of 1.5% this year, down from 1.7% in April. The estimate is roughly in line with other forecasts for the UK economy with the British Chambers of Commerce expecting growth of 1.3%, the Organisation for Economic [...]

June 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Airline profits continue to be hit by higher oil costs

Airline profits continue to be hit by higher oil costs

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has again revised its forecasts for the airline industry. The forecasts have been revised on the back of surging oil prices, according to the industry body, and could force some airlines out of business. Many airlines went bust when fuel prices rose in 2008. Oil prices reached a peak [...]

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