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.... . "A lot firms are also finding their costs rising and this is deterring business investment, including investing in training their staff. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....The British economy’s failure to wean itself off an addiction to growth fuelled by an expanding consumer debt bubble is bad for consumers, and bad for the economy as a whole. It is no substitute for business investment, which the OECD has forecast will fall sharply in future years in a post-Brexit climate of uncertainty. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The point about the OBR is that it is independent and thoroughly trustworthy. Its best assessment is that business investment will suffer from Brexit, as will trade, consumer spending and the quality of life generally, not to say the budgetary finances. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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‘Modest’ interest rate rise on cards, says Bank of England expert image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 21st of April 2017 08:49:00 PM
.... . He told the Federation of Small Businesses the growth would be driven by business investment and exports, helping to offset the slowdown in consumer spending. ...
UK firms 'struggling to recruit staff' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 01:07:25 AM
.... . "A lot firms are also finding their costs rising and this is deterring business investment, including investing in training their staff. ...
The Guardian view on rising personal debt: more prudence please | Editorial image
....The British economy’s failure to wean itself off an addiction to growth fuelled by an expanding consumer debt bubble is bad for consumers, and bad for the economy as a whole. It is no substitute for business investment, which the OECD has forecast will fall sharply in future years in a post-Brexit climate of uncertainty. ...
We’re in a fine mess if George Osborne is our last hope of halting Brexit image
....The point about the OBR is that it is independent and thoroughly trustworthy. Its best assessment is that business investment will suffer from Brexit, as will trade, consumer spending and the quality of life generally, not to say the budgetary finances. ...
UK households most downbeat about finances since 2013 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:35:41 PM
.... The Bank blamed the sharp fall in sterling feeding through to higher prices, reducing households’ purchasing power. At the same time, the weaker pound and stronger world economy had led to a “marked rise” in export volume growth and business investment intentions had picked up, pointing to modest growth in company spending this year, the Bank’s report said. ...
Trump must convert surging US confidence into real growth | Mohamed El-Erian image
. Financial markets seem convinced that the recent surge in business and consumer confidence in the US economy will soon be reflected in “hard” data, such as GDP growth, business investment, consumption, and wages. ...
Budget: UK Plc gives its verdict image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 04:07:53 PM
...."While businesspeople appreciate a steady hand on the tiller, the government is sending mixed signals by holding investment largely steady at precisely the time that it is exhorting British businesses to double down. "More needs to be done in the coming months to improve infrastructure and encourage lagging business investment to ensure the UK is Brexit-ready. ...
Hammond gets budget boost as OECD upgrades UK growth forecast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:00:39 AM
....The OECD report said: “In the United Kingdom, the pace of expansion in 2016 was lower than in previous years, despite support from resilient household spending, actions by the Bank of England and adjustment to the fiscal stance following the Brexit vote. “UK growth is expected to ease further as rising inflation weighs on real incomes and consumption, and business investment weakens amidst uncertainty about the United Kingdom’s future trading relations with its partners. ...
Business chiefs tell chancellor: reform business rates now to avert high street crisis image
.... The UK had the highest business property taxes in the developed world even before the recent revaluation – hammering firms with sky-high costs before they turn over a single pound. This undermines business investment, which in 2016, fell for the first time in seven years. ...
A budget in the shadow of Brexit leaves Hammond short of choices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 07:11:34 PM
.... That is not just good news for the government finances in the current year, it also provides a higher baseline for projections of GDP growth over the rest of the parliament, possibly boosting the government’s coffers by as much as £30bn–£40bn. In addition, the OBR has pencilled in a recovery in business investment – partly to take account of the tightening labour market, which should force employers to adopt new technology at a faster rate, and partly in expectation that the chancellor will boost public investment will have positive spin-off effects. ...
Sorry, Brexit doomsayers, the outlook is good on global growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 05:00:20 PM
....The doomsayers may yet have their day. Theresa May could lead Britain to a position where it leaves the EU, the single market and the customs union with terrible consequences for trade, business investment and GDP growth. ...
A budget in the shadow of Brexit leaves Hammond short of choices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of March 2017 04:04:00 PM
.... That is not just good news for the government finances in the current year, it also provides a higher baseline for projections of GDP growth over the rest of the parliament, possibly boosting the government’s coffers by as much as £30bn–£40bn. In addition, the OBR has pencilled in a recovery in business investment – partly to take account of the tightening labour market, which should force employers to adopt new technology at a faster rate, and partly in expectation that the chancellor will boost public investment will have positive spin-off effects. ...
UK house prices accelerated in February, says the Nationwide image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 08:51:42 AM
....It is predicting a 2% rise in UK house prices over the course of the year. "We, along with most other forecasters, expect the UK economy to slow through 2017 as heightened uncertainty weighs on business investment and hiring," said Robert Gardner, Nationwide's chief economist. ...
Australia goes 25 years without recession image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of March 2017 02:18:44 AM
.... . Treasurer Scott Morrison welcomed a 2% rise in business investment in December - the first rise after a dozen quarters of decline. ...
UK economy grows faster than thought image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 11:45:29 AM
.... . The ONS also said there had been a slowdown in business investment, which fell by 1% compared with the three months to the end of September. ...
UK tax burden will soar to highest level for 30 years, warns IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of February 2017 10:00:11 AM
....The leading tax and spending thinktank said downgrades in GDP growth over the next four years would strain the public finances, which are already on course to be £13bn worse off in this financial year than forecast. Low levels of business investment and weak productivity growth were blamed for the economy’s weaker outlook for the rest of the decade, which will force ministers to raise taxes and cut spending to reduce the deficit. ...
Blow to UK nuclear strategy as Toshiba considers pulling out of Cumbria plant image
....Unions also called for the government to step in with funding to save the plant if Toshiba pulled out. “It looks increasingly like bad business investments may have busted Toshiba’s role in a new nuclear facility at Moorside in Cumbria,” said Justin Bowden, the GMB’s national secretary for energy. ...
Bank of England sharply raises UK growth forecast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 12:46:31 PM
....But despite more optimistic forecasts, the central bank highlighted risks ahead. It expects business investment to fall and consumer spending to slow as rising inflation eats into household budgets. ...
UK house price growth has hit 14-month low, says Nationwide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 09:06:31 AM
.... However, there are tentative signs that conditions may be about to soften. “The economy is likely to slow through 2017 as the squeeze on household budgets intensifies and heightened uncertainty weighs on business investment and hiring. ...
Retreat from globalisation will destabilise the world economy | Mohamed El-Erian image
....But there have been other lapses, too. For example, political obstacles to comprehensive economic policymaking in many advanced economies have undermined the implementation of structural reforms and responsive fiscal policies in recent years, holding back business investment, undermining productivity growth, worsening inequality, and threatening future potential growth. ...
Strong dollar drags US growth to slowest pace since 2011 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of January 2017 02:15:35 PM
....The US economy slowed last year to register its worst performance since 2011 after the strong dollar sent exports tumbling and encouraged American businesses to import cheaper components from abroad. But the worsening trade position was offset by increases in consumer spending and business investment that analysts said would hand President Donald Trump a strong and growing economy. ...
UK GDP figures show solid end to 2016 despite Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 03:13:11 PM
....Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, warned: “The economy’s brisk growth at the end of 2016 has all the hallmarks of being driven by an unsustainable consumer spending spree. “We continue to expect slowdowns in business investment and consumer spending to cause GDP growth to slow to an average quarter-on-quarter rate of just 0. ...
Economic forecasts are hardwired to get things wrong image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:08:43 PM
.... No other country has tried to do it. There is no past experience to draw on, which means that the best forecasters can do is construct “a series of scenarios based on assumptions about future trading arrangements, migration controls and about the short-term uncertainties which could affect business investment in the run-up to the likely leaving date of 2019”. ...
Weak UK productivity spurs warnings of living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 6th of January 2017 02:29:54 PM
.... UK workers need to see a much improved productivity performance if they are to enjoy a sustained improvement in real pay,” he said. “This above all requires far stronger business investment in technology and skills and much improved management practices. ...
Chief economist of Bank of England admits errors in Brexit forecasting image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of January 2017 08:52:01 PM
....6%. Forecasts by the Treasury, the International Monetary Fund and the Paris-based OECD, all pointed to a recession after the vote, based on assumptions of steeply declining consumer spending and business investment. ...
House price growth 'to slow in 2017' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 08:17:25 AM
.... We consider it most likely that the UK economy will soften over the course of 2017. "This is most likely to result from the weakening of sterling pushing up import costs and dragging on purchasing power, both for consumers and as a determinant of business investment spending. ...
Majority of managers think Brexit uncertainty will affect UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 12:01:20 AM
....A separate poll of employers published on Wednesday highlighted concerns about a fresh bout of economic turmoil when article 50 is triggered in 2017 to begin the process of leaving the EU. The survey of 201 employers by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) found that four out of 10 respondents felt that formally notifying the EU of the UK’s intention to withdraw would make delays in business investment and hiring decisions more likely. ...
UK factories wary of sterling's fall and rising costs in new year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of December 2016 04:49:56 PM
....“While the post-referendum slump in the value of sterling is benefiting some exporters, a weak currency is something of a double-edged sword, as many UK exporters also import goods and raw materials, so will be facing higher input costs,” he said. The business group wants more help for firms to offset the pressures from the Brexit process, which has already shown signs of slowing business investment and knocking consumer confidence. ...
Business as usual for UK economy – but where will it go in 2017? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 23rd of December 2016 11:30:41 AM
.... Manufacturing performed badly but financial and business services did well. In the circumstances, the small rise in business investment was both surprising and encouraging. ...
MPs to review Bank of England's low interest rates since crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of December 2016 12:20:36 PM
....Threadneedle Street has come under fire from pensioner groups and savers who argue that it has favoured borrowers over savers by keeping interest rates low. The committee said it wants to test how much savers have found themselves pumping even greater funds into their pensions and savings plans to make up for the lost interest, possibly depressing consumer spending and business investment as a result. ...
Retail figures pick up as shoppers spend before price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 07:04:24 PM
....Alpesh Paleja, the CBI’s principal economist, said: “It’s great to see the economy end the year on the up, with growth strengthening across the private sector. However, economic growth is likely to soften next year, as heightened uncertainty hits business investment and higher inflation weighs on household spending. ...
UK economy set for sluggish growth, warns business group image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:01:41 AM
....4% from 1. 8% on the expectation that higher inflation would curb household consumption and that the UK would see more muted levels of investment, particularly business investment. ...
UK's current GDP growth rate won't last, warns business body image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:01:34 AM
....The pound has fallen by about 15% against the dollar and 10% against the euro since the EU referendum. The BCC expects this to push up inflation, and hit consumer spending as wage growth is eroded by higher prices, as well as business investment. ...
Japan's third-quarter growth rate revised down sharply image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 11:01:36 AM
. Japan's economy grew much slower than initially estimated in the third quarter of the year, figures have revealed, as business investment fell. ...
Will Trump herald a US economic boom? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 11:57:31 AM
.... In Keynesian jargon, there is still a large multiplier on fiscal policy. It is easy to forget the biggest missing piece of the global recovery is business investment, and if it starts kicking in finally, both output and productivity could begin to rise very sharply. ...
Investors ready for the festive stock market ‘Santa rally’ image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 06:45:00 PM
....5 per cent in the third quarter. The weaker pound has helped to boost exports, business investment is growing faster than expected, and UK retail sales grew once again in November, boosted by Black Friday. ...
GDP growth confirmed in three months after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 11:21:29 AM
....British businesses continued to invest and consumers carried on spending in the months following the Brexit vote, defying predictions that a wave of uncertainty would hit economic activity. In the first official estimate of how firms’ spending fared after the referendum, the Office for National Statistics said business investment rose 0. ...
Chancellor's looser finance targets highlight weaker UK economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:00:28 AM
....Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said: “The UK GDP growth forecasts for 2017 and – especially 2018 – contained in the autumn statement are on the optimistic side. In particular, we are sceptical that business investment will pick up as much as the OBR expects in 2018 as we suspect that uncertainty will still be extremely high as difficult negotiations with the EU continue over Brexit. ...
Brexit will blow £59bn hole in public finances, admits Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 08:39:09 PM
....Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “Today’s statement places on record the abject failure of the last six wasted years and offers no hope for the future. The figures speak for themselves: growth, down; business investment, down; and their own deficit target, failed; their debt target, failed. ...
Brexit uncertainty will hold UK GDP growth back, says OBR image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 07:14:25 PM
.... Those included an assumption that the UK would leave the bloc in April 2019 and that the Brexit process would hit net migration and trade. “We expect the quarterly growth rate of GDP to continue slowing into next year, as uncertainty over the UK’s future trade and migration regime delays business investment and as the fall in the pound squeezes real consumer spending by pushing up inflation,” said Chote. ...
Just about managing? In towns like Pontypool that’s a dream | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....The reason the political geography of Britain is so divided is because its economic geography is so unequal. After the heavy industry went, the future for south Wales was meant to lie in luring new business investment. ...
More than £1bn for faster UK broadband in autumn statement image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 12:10:11 AM
....South Korea, Japan and China have moved more quickly than most other developed countries to introduce fast broadband and mobile networks. Last year South Korea claimed it would lead the world in 5G, making it a destination for business investment and digital businesses. ...
Unemployment falls to 11-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 03:07:31 PM
....”. Independent thinktank Fathom Consulting said the uncertainty generated by the Brexit vote “will go on for months, if not years”, hitting business investment first, and resulting in greater job losses. ...
UK investment in tech and transport among world's worst, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 06:01:11 AM
....The EU referendum result has added to business concerns that the economy will slow next year and that investments in new equipment might be wasted. Hammond has played down the likelihood of extra public spending on new infrastructure projects, preferring to focus on tax allowances and other incentives to encourage business investment. ...
Mark Carney: political attacks on central banks are a deflection exercise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 03:37:39 PM
....Donald Trump has also taken aim at the US Federal Reserve, arguing that interest rates must return to levels seen before the 2008 crash, which rewarded saving. Carney, who confirmed he will remain governor until 2019, said the economy needed low interest rates while productivity remained weak and business investment low. ...
Bank sees sharp rise in inflation in 2017 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of November 2016 12:40:35 PM
....Yes, it has upgraded its growth forecasts markedly for this year and next. But it has downgraded growth for 2018 as business investment and trading relationship uncertainty start to feed through to economic output. ...
UK inflation hits near two-year high of 1% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of October 2016 08:42:46 AM
.... Unilever had attempted to impose a 10% price rise because of sterling’s fall. The EY Item Club warned at the weekend that rising costs will continue to hit consumer spending next year and in 2018, as an expected decline in business investment after the Brexit vote applies further downward pressure on economic growth. ...
What Brexit slowdown? GDP UP as economy performs BETTER than expected after EU referendum image
....9 percent of GDP, the widest since the end of 2015. British business investment grew by a stronger than previously estimated 1. ...
UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of August 2016 10:34:08 AM
....9% from the previous quarter, the fastest pace since 2014. A rise in business investment also helped growth, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures showed. ...
US GDP growth misses forecasts despite spending surge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 01:35:31 PM

Liam Fox warns Britain must not 'put off big decision' on whether to build third runway at Heathrow  
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....The new Chancellor has already suggested that the Government will "borrow to invest wisely" and called for "new parameters" to replace the strict timetable for balance the books. Economists believe that he could use his Autumn Statement later this year to cut VAT and offer tax breaks to encourage business investment. ...
Brexit fallout to hit UK economic growth: EY Item Club image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 17th of July 2016 11:16:42 PM
....4%. Its report said the Brexit vote would have "severe confidence effects on spending and business investment", which would lead to anaemic GDP growth over the next three years. ...
Bank of England leaves UK interest rates on hold at 0.5% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of July 2016 11:20:25 AM
....The MPC said it recognised that business and consumer confidence had fallen steeply before and after the vote while housebuyers had delayed purchases, especially in London and the south-east. Members of the committee also recognised that business investment declined in the two quarters ahead of the vote and the jobs market had also shown signs of weakening, with most employers saying they planned to freeze hiring or cut jobs over the next 12 months. ...
Philip Hammond: Financial markets 'rattled' by Leave vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 14th of July 2016 07:27:04 AM
.... . "We've seen an effect in markets, we've seen business investment decisions being paused because businesses now want to take stock, want to understand how we will take forward our renegotiations with the European Union, what our aspirations are for the future trading relationship between Britain and the European Union. ...
Business pessimism 'doubles after Brexit vote' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of July 2016 09:29:18 PM
....Economists are watching measures of consumer and business confidence to gauge how uncertainty around the referendum result might affect the real economy, and whether it could prompt households to delay large purchases or companies to shelve investment plans. "We expect this uncertainty to generate an investment-led recession as recent falls in business investment intensify," economists from Goldman Sachs wrote last week. ...
Brexit: George Osborne pledges to cut corporation tax image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 3rd of July 2016 05:35:32 PM
....Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the proposal was "counter-productive". He told the BBC the tax cut would not create the business investment that the UK needed. ...
Shares down, jobs down, prices up? Business comes to terms with Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of June 2016 03:00:01 PM
.... We think the UK will fall into recession, and there will be significant negative ramifications for the European economy as well. “Why will there be a recession? Mainly because of the uncertainty that will surround both consumer spending and business investment. ...
UK inflation unchanged at 0.3% in May image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 09:03:03 AM
....Despite its remit to maintain inflation at around 2%, the Bank of England is not expected to react to the figure when it meets on Thursday, a week before the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union. Much of the weakness in prices has been blamed on the uncertainty created by the referendum, limiting business investment and causing consumers to delay big purchases. ...
British industrial production grows at fastest pace in four years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of June 2016 09:57:14 AM
....“In addition, other categories of production likely were boosted by the recent weakness of the pound. Manufacturers will be hit by a rising pound after a remain vote, or lower business investment after Brexit. ...
Reserve Bank leaves official interest rate unchanged at 1.75% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of June 2016 05:56:13 AM
....“Given very subdued growth in labour costs and very low cost pressures elsewhere in the world, this is expected to remain the case for some time,” said its governor, Glenn Stevens. But Stevens also flagged “a very large decline in business investment”. ...
UK GDP growth – beware the march of the spenders image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 01:41:18 PM
....4 points from the first quarter growth rate. Perhaps, though, the most worrying piece of new evidence about the state of the economy from the Office for National Statistics was the drop in business investment, which was down both over the quarter and over the year. ...
UK economy grew at 0.4%, ONS confirms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of May 2016 09:41:22 AM
....4% in the first three months of the year, despite a slump in manufacturing and construction output that has dragged down GDP growth over the last year. Tumbling business investment, which recorded its first annual fall in three years, also restricted growth and fuelled concerns that businesses are holding back on plans to expand ahead of the EU referendum. ...
British business needs investment and vision. But most of all it needs purpose image
.... Yet intangibles, with their long-term returns, are already the bedrock of the 21st century economy, with investment running at twice the level of “tangibles” in factories and machines. British business investment in R&D, even allowing for the shrunken size of manufacturing, is running below the international average and shrinking. ...
EU referendum: top economic thinktank warns of post-Brexit shocks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 03:15:09 PM
....”. The loss to average UK households could be as much as £2,000 over the longer term in the institute’s worst-case scenario, which involves a loss of preferential trade links with the EU and a fall in productivity linked to declines in business investment. ...
The Fed's new global mandate is not without risk image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 11:56:17 AM
.... What matters more are changes in house prices, which have not deteriorated. Similarly, changes in the cost of capital, including the equity cost of capital, have a minor impact on business investment. ...
Services sector slump fans fears of UK economic slowdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 10:05:05 AM
.... The outlook for interest rates now largely depended on the outcome of the EU referendum, he added. “Should the UK vote to remain in the EU, then it is likely that activity will rebound as sentiment recovers and delayed business investment and employment plans are implemented. ...

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