Tag: sluggish

US exports surge, Obama unveils jobs plan

US exports surge, Obama unveils jobs plan

The Commerce Department has revealed US exports hit an all-time high in July, while imports fell. According to official figures, exports surged 3.8% to $178 billion (£111 billion) after two months of declines. The rise in exports was attributed to strong overseas sales of manufactured goods, particularly to countries in Central and South America. Meanwhile, [...]

September 9, 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 [...]

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 [...]

September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US Fed keeps interest rates on hold

US Fed keeps interest rates on hold

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting arm, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), elected to keep interest rates on hold between 0% and 0.25% yesterday. Rates have been at the record low since December 2008 and the Fed has announced it will hold rates at this historic low until 2013 – suggesting the central bank is concerned [...]

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Nationwide: House prices edge 0.2% higher in July

Nationwide: House prices edge 0.2% higher in July

The latest house price index from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed house prices crept up by 0.2% in July. On an annual basis, house prices are now just 0.4% lower than this time last year with the average UK home costing £168,731. The housing market remains subdued as a lack of buyers, together with [...]

July 29, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US unemployment rate edges up to 9.2%

US unemployment rate edges up to 9.2%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has today revealed the unemployment rate in the US rose in June to 9.2% from 9.1% in May. According to the Bureau, the number of new jobs created in the world’s largest economy last month represented the lowest in 9 months. The economy created just 18,000 jobs in June – [...]

July 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates remain on hold

UK interest rates remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5%, as widely expected. Interest rates have now been at this low level since March 2009 – when the economy was in the midst of recession. Recent figures show the economy [...]

July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates to remain on hold today

UK interest rates to remain on hold today

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) commenced its two-day rate-setting meeting yesterday and interest rates are expected to remain on hold at the record low of 0.5% - where they have been since March 2009. The bank is presented with a dilemma as it comes under pressure to raise interest rates to combat [...]

July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bank of England: Home repossessions to stay low

Bank of England: Home repossessions to stay low

According to Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, a surge in home repossessions is unlikely as UK interest rates are set to remain low. Repossessions have fallen over recent times and many experts have previously argued that homeowners have been saved from repossession because of historically low interest rates, which has [...]

June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK Q1 economic growth figures remain unchanged

UK Q1 economic growth figures remain unchanged

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed the UK economy grew by 0.5% in the January to March period – unchanged from the previous two estimates. In the meantime, annual growth was revised down to 1.6% from 1.8%. The growth, albeit slow, expanded primarily due to exports, with net trade contributing 1.4% points [...]

June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK’s slow rate of growth could force easing of cuts

UK’s slow rate of growth could force easing of cuts

The OECD’s chief economist, Pier Carlo Padoan, has warned that the UK may be forced to ease its pace of spending cuts if economic growth remains sluggish. Mr Padoan of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said if growth worsens, the Government may need to reconsider its plans for cutting the deficit. In the [...]

May 26, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Three policy members again vote for interest rate rise

Three policy members again vote for interest rate rise

Minutes of the Bank of England’s May 4-5 meeting have been released today and have revealed the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) again voted 6-3 to lift interest rates and 8-1 to restart the Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) scheme. Adam Posen, again, called for an injection of £50 billion via the QE scheme to boost the [...]

May 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK inflation soars to 2½-year high in April

UK inflation soars to 2½-year high in April

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) today announced Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) surged to an annual rate of 4.5% in April – a level not seen since October 2008 and higher than forecasts of a rise to 4.2%. The surprise surge in inflation comes after the rate dropped to 4% in March and was attributed [...]

May 17, 2011 | 0 Comments More
NIESR estimates 0.7% growth for UK for Q1

NIESR estimates 0.7% growth for UK for Q1

Influential think tank, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), has today suggested the UK economy recovered in the first quarter of the year after bad weather conditions led to a shock contraction in the final quarter of last year. The economy contracted by 0.5% in the October to December period after the [...]

April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK interest rates and QE remain on hold

UK interest rates and QE remain on hold

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has today elected to keep UK interest rates on hold at the historically low level of 0.5% – primarily due to sluggish economic growth, according to economists. Recent figures showed the economy contracted in the fourth quarter of 2010 so it was thought that the central bank [...]

February 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Rics: Housing market remains sluggish

Rics: Housing market remains sluggish

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has today revealed uncertainty surrounding the economy means buyers and sellers remain cautious. As a result, the housing market has got off to a slow start in 2011 as buyer demand remains weak and supply levels remain low. However, the Institution said new buyer enquiries picked up in [...]

February 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US budget deficit shrinks to $1.3tr

US budget deficit shrinks to $1.3tr

According to Government figures, the US budget deficit fell to $1.294 trillion (£813 billion) in the 12 months to the end of September. The deficit equates to 8.9% of GDP, down from 10% of GDP in 2009, but still represents the highest since the end of the Second World War. The target for President Barack [...]

October 17, 2010 | 0 Comments More
US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.6%

US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.6%

The Labor Department has revealed the world’s largest economy lost 95,000 non-farm jobs last month - nearly double the 54,000 jobs lost in August. The latest figures means the unemployment rate held steady at 9.6%. The rate has now been above the 9% mark since May 2009. The number of unemployed is hovering around the [...]

October 8, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Gross mortgage lending falls again in August

Gross mortgage lending falls again in August

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has today revealed gross mortgage lending fell 6% in August compared with the same month last year to £11.4 billion. The figure was also 14% lower compared with July and represented the lowest August monthly total since 2000, highlighting the ongoing sluggishness of the UK housing market. Commenting on [...]

September 20, 2010 | 0 Comments More
Think tank warns recovery will be sluggish due to austerity measures

Think tank warns recovery will be sluggish due to austerity measures

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) is forecasting that the UK economy expanded by 0.7% in the three months to the end of June. Official figures for the period will be released later this month but the think tank believes most of the growth occurred over April and May. Growth is expected [...]

July 9, 2010 | 0 Comments More