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....It was effectively locked out of United States in 2015 when its airbags failed to comply with new car safety regulations, but Lotus returned to the American market last summer. While the Lotus car company has not been involved in Formula 1 racing since the 1990s it runs an engineering consultancy selling sports car technology. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....One expert said its success depended on how much people would be willing to pay for a device that "oozes nostalgia". "For someone like me, it's an exciting day," commented Ben Wood, from technology consultancy CCS Insight. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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. A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Citing the "scale of the investigation", it has also called in an external specialist to oversee the firm's response to the probe. Petrofac says it engaged Unaoil for the provision of local consultancy services, primarily in Kazakhstan, between 2002 and 2009. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Investor demand for student accommodation blocks is so strong that some potential buyers were forced to stand during presentations at a student housing investment conference in a ballroom in Covent Garden, central London this week. James Pullan, the head of student property at property consultancy Knight Frank, said demand for investment in student accommodation was riding high despite concerns that Brexit might reduce the number of high-spending foreign students coming to the UK. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....”. Ian Stewart, chief economist at the consultancy Deloitte was also optimistic the economy could continue expanding despite the pressure on household incomes. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Student housing tempts wealthy investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 05:08:32 PM
....Investor demand for student accommodation blocks is so strong that some potential buyers were forced to stand during presentations at a student housing investment conference in a ballroom in Covent Garden, central London this week. James Pullan, the head of student property at property consultancy Knight Frank, said demand for investment in student accommodation was riding high despite concerns that Brexit might reduce the number of high-spending foreign students coming to the UK. ...
Petrofac executive suspended amid fraud probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:29:00 AM
....Citing the "scale of the investigation", it has also called in an external specialist to oversee the firm's response to the probe. Petrofac says it engaged Unaoil for the provision of local consultancy services, primarily in Kazakhstan, between 2002 and 2009. ...
Nokia 3310 sparks wave of nostalgia as it goes on sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:30:26 PM
....One expert said its success depended on how much people would be willing to pay for a device that "oozes nostalgia". "For someone like me, it's an exciting day," commented Ben Wood, from technology consultancy CCS Insight. ...
British sports car maker Lotus bought by China's Geely image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 11:28:43 AM
....It was effectively locked out of United States in 2015 when its airbags failed to comply with new car safety regulations, but Lotus returned to the American market last summer. While the Lotus car company has not been involved in Formula 1 racing since the 1990s it runs an engineering consultancy selling sports car technology. ...
UK firm designs 'world's most affordable solar lamp' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 10:11:36 AM
. A UK design consultancy has teamed up with a giant Chinese manufacturer to produce what they say is the world's most affordable solar lamp. ...
Surprise surge in UK retail sales powers pound to eight-month high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 10:39:36 AM
....3% rate of inflation in the same period. “The latest data showed shoppers continued to shrug off any Brexit and political uncertainty with retail sales beating even the most optimistic expectations,” said Richard Lim, chief executive of the consultancy Retail Economics. ...
Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 03:18:47 AM
.... The other seeks innovations in general product design and materials so items are easier to recycle. One of the competition organisers, Chris Grantham from the London branch of the global design consultancy Ideo, agreed that Pringles and Lucozade Sport – and brands with similar packaging – were singled out by the industry as almost impossible to recycle. ...
London is still a global draw despite Brexit, says British Land image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 07:59:48 AM
....However, a report from Deloitte suggests the prospects for property developers could worsen as there is a glut of office space in the capital. The amount of available office space jumped by 36% last year and has risen by a further 19% in the first three months of this year, according to the consultancy’s latest London crane survey. ...
A new company every week: inside the UK's AI revolution image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of May 2017 06:00:37 AM
....As technology advances, AI will continue to push the boundaries. Research by consultancy firm Accenture shows that realising the UK’s potential in this sector would add £654bn to the economy by 2035. ...
Holy guacamole! Avocado fans in UK face further price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 03:45:26 PM
....After the great lettuce and courgette shortage of January, which was caused by rain and snow in Spain, there is now an upheaval underway in avocados for British consumers. Wholesale prices of the fruit in the UK have surged more than 50% since the beginning of this year, according to data consultancy Mintec. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit vote will damage living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:14:34 AM
.... Carney explained this meant getting an agreement on future trading arrangements and having a transition period to that agreement. Paul Hollingsworth, at the consultancy Capital Economics, said the inflation report supported his view that interest rates are set to rise sooner than markets expect. ...
Brexit slowdown fears as industrial output falls and trade deficit grows image
....7% fall in construction output in March added to the raft of weaker-than-expected data and reinforced fears that the UK economy is facing a renewed slowdown, as uncertainty about Britain’s future outside the UK takes hold. Michael Thirkettle, chief executive at construction and property consultancy McBains Cooper, said the ONS figures provided the latest evidence of a slowdown in the sector as concerns over Brexit hit the construction industry. ...
Noel Edmonds demands £73m compensation over HBOS fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 10:12:13 AM
....Dobson worked for Lynden Scourfield, a former HBOS banker who pleaded guilty to charges relating to his role in the fraud and was jailed along with his business associate David Mills. The court heard that Scourfield gave inappropriate loans to businesses, which allowed Mills and his associates to profit from high consultancy fees, while the banker was rewarded with foreign cruises and sex parties. ...
Thousands face energy bill hikes of more than £400 this month image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 09:01:16 AM
....”. Separately, the Begbies Traynor consultancy said it had found “significant” financial distress among UK gas and electricity producers and suppliers in the first three months of the year, partly because warmer-than-expected weather had suppressed energy consumption. ...
State pension: Axing triple-lock has 'minimal savings and would hit poorest hardest' image
....However, analysis has showed that the cost of increases to Government are minimal, following the reform of state pensions last year. The triple-lock has given pensioners only an extra £2 a week, but it would be low income recipients who would suffer the most if it was removed, according to pension consultancy Hymans Robertson. ...
Record number of UK care homes declared insolvent image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 06:25:50 AM
.... The figures cover nursing homes, homes for the elderly, residential care activities for learning disabilities, mental health, and substance abuse. FRP Advisory, the consultancy firm, said that care homes were the only industry in the UK to have suffered from rising insolvencies over the last seven years. ...
UK economy gets boost as service sector growth hits four-month high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 11:14:24 AM
....7% in the final three months of 2016. The services report said April’s pick-up in activity was partly down to resilient business-to-business demand, which includes activity such as a firm hiring legal or consultancy services. ...
Next shares tumble as retailer warns of challenging market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 10:50:34 AM
.... Prices on the autumn and winter ranges are set to be 4% to 5% higher than last year. Emily Stella, a senior analyst at consultancy GlobalData, described 2017 as a “pivotal year” for Next as it tackles an “extremely tough clothing market” and strengthening online competition. ...
Morrisons sales jump as recovery continues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 07:51:41 AM
....On Wednesday, market research company Kantar Worldpanel said that Morrisons had been the fastest growing of the big four supermarket chains over the past few weeks, helped by its "The Best" line attracting more affluent shoppers. John Ibbotson, director of the retail consultancy Retail Vision, said Dave Potts' "back-to-basics approach" had transformed Morrisons' fortunes. ...
Lidl on course to surpass Waitrose and enter UK supermarket top seven image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 08:24:46 AM
....The UK grocery market grew by 3. 7% over the period, adding almost £1bn in sales compared with a year earlier, according to consumer consultancy Kantar Worldpanel. ...
Bank of mum and dad 'involved in 26 per cent of property transactions in 2017'  image
....More than £6. 5 billion will be lent by the parents in 2017 - up from £5 billion the previous year - the research from FTSE 100 financial services group Legal & General and economics consultancy Cebr suggests. ...
UK manufacturing records fastest growth for three years, figures show image
....”. But Ruth Gregory, UK economist at the consultancy Capital Economics, said: “After last week’s surprisingly downbeat first quarter GDP figures . ...
Are your parents helping you to buy your first home? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 09:25:58 AM
....Parents are expected to lend their children more than £6. 5bn this year to help them get on to the property ladder, according to research by Legal & General and economics consultancy Cebr. ...
'Bank of mum and dad' to lend £6.5bn this year, report predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 05:01:18 AM
....5bn this year to help their children get on the property ladder as first-time buyers continue to struggle to afford homes. This is a 30% increase on the £5bn loaned in 2016, according to research from Legal & General and economics consultancy Cebr, and means parents will be involved in more than 25% of UK property transactions. ...
Where oil rigs go to die image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 04:30:18 AM
.... Down in the water there were brightly coloured booms, bobbing in a circle around Winner’s legs, there in theory to stop any floating waste from getting out into the Aegean. A confidential 2015 report by the shipping consultancy Litehauz, obtained by journalists from the investigative agency Danwatch last year, detailed the potential impact of ships that were torch-cut on tidal water. ...
FTSE firms face pension 'difficulty' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 1st of May 2017 07:37:03 AM
. Some of the UK's biggest companies face "difficult discussions" over their growing pension deficits, according to a pensions consultancy. ...
Poorest face ‘double whammy’ if Tories ditch triple lock on pensions image
....5%. Chris Noon, a partner at leading pensions consultancy Hymans Robertson, said linking increases to earnings growth or inflation would, over time, erode the value of the pension and push larger numbers of people into poverty on reaching retirement age. ...
UK GDP growth slower than expected as inflation bites image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 02:33:56 PM
.... But the deterioration is still far off the Brexit-related slump some commentators had predicted. “The first quarter’s slowdown was led by consumers, whose incomes are under pressure from slowing employment and wage growth as well as rising inflation,” said Samuel Tombs, the chief UK economist at the consultancy Pantheon Macroeconomics. ...
British consumers' confidence slumps as inflation grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:03 AM
....Nina Skero at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which co-compiles the consumer confidence report, said the gloom around personal finances did not bode well for the UK economy. “Consumer confidence has been on the cusp of a decline for a while and it has now tipped over and fallen,” said Skero, head of macroeconomics at the consultancy. ...
Car insurance model will not help energy market, says charity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 02:52:40 PM
.... “Does there then need to be some sort of of control on what that price can be? And you’re then back to some sort of regulatory price setting,” Ferris said. Robert Buckley, an analyst at energy consultancy Cornwall, said the proposal was “definitely worthy of serious consideration” and could lead to more engagement from billpayers. ...
Brexit economy: living standards are falling as the snap election looms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:38:58 AM
....Writing in the Guardian, Andrew Sentance, a former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, said support for the UK from a strong global economy was being offset by domestic pressures. “There are two big themes which stand out from this month’s data, and they show the UK being pulled in opposite directions by the global economy and consumer spending,” said Sentance, a senior economic adviser at the consultancy PwC. ...
Driverless pods plot new course to overtake humans image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:01:47 AM
.... But eventually, beyond the enthusiast on private roads, tending a beloved antique, is the car driver heading the way of the dodo?. Prof Nick Reed, of TRL, a future transport consultancy that is leading the Greenwich trials, said: “If human driving is the main source of risk, and you’ve ended up at a place where mobility is more available, efficient, greener and cheaper, then why wouldn’t you do away with them?”. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
....This meant that real wages – adjusted for inflation – fell in February for the first time in two and a half years, even though unemployment continues to drop and vacancies are at record levels. Howard Archer, the chief European and UK economist at consultancy IHS Markit, said: “Following the likely marked first quarter slowdown, we suspect that 2017 will become even more challenging for the UK economy – and particularly for consumers as their purchasing power is squeezed harder still. ...
French elections: Wall Street joins European relief rally image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:16:09 PM
....At one point, the euro rose to its highest level against the dollar since mid-November, before giving up some ground. Octavio Marenzi, chief executive of the financial research consultancy Opimas in Paris, said: "Macron will be reassuring to markets, with his pledge to lower corporate taxes and to lighten the administrative burden on firms. ...
HS2 is on its way but bid troubles and snap election could still derail project image
.... Yet controversy over contract awards, and now the calling of a snap election, has threatened more uncertainty and delay. Last week, a Commons select committee was told that a whistleblower’s intervention had led to the overturning of a £170m HS2 contract award to CH2M, the engineering consultancy which has had executives seconded, then hired, to run HS2 Ltd itself. ...
The hippo at work image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of April 2017 11:31:05 PM
....". James Farrow, founding director of UK management consultancy Curium Solutions, agrees that senior managers should encourage staff to question their decisions and then "acknowledge the different perspective, and not leap. ...
Zuckerberg addresses 'Facebook killing' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:19:46 PM
....One analyst attending F8 said it was no surprise Mr Zuckerberg had felt compelled to discuss the matter. "Obviously this is something they have to get on top of with some urgency, but it's an extraordinarily difficult problem," commented Geoff Blaber from the CCS Insight tech consultancy. ...
Guardians of the home image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 17th of April 2017 11:15:19 PM
...."We put the connected home security market at 95. 4 million unit sales in 2016," says Francesco Radicati, a technology specialist at consultancy Ovum. ...
Two-thirds of BHS stores lie empty as anniversary of collapse nears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of April 2017 03:30:44 PM
....The BHS saga entered its closing stages in December when it was put into liquidation. The consultancy firm FRP Advisory is overseeing the company’s closure and, as liquidators, it has greater statutory powers to terminate store leases. ...
Netflix nudges 100m subscribers but what next for the streaming giant? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of April 2017 09:00:21 AM
.... Just try finding the Addams Family on Netflix this weekend. “When Netflix launched it had tonnes of everything but it has been clearing out older titles [in the US],” said Richard Broughton, an analyst at media consultancy Ampere Analysis. ...
Falling US retail sales cast doubt on further Fed interest rate rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of April 2017 04:34:01 PM
....The Fed’s chair, Janet Yellen, said at the time of March’s rate rise that a wide range of indicators showed the US economy was in rude health, clearing the path for policymakers to take rates back towards historically normal levels. Paul Ashworth, chief US economist at the consultancy Capital Economics, said the Fed still looked on course to tighten monetary conditions further this summer. ...
Banks cracking down on lending after borrowing binge, survey finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:53:17 PM
....Demand for credit card lending was reported to be unchanged in the first quarter, but was expected to increase slightly in the second quarter. The Bank would be pleased that lenders had tightened credit scoring criteria and were planning to tighten them further in the second quarter, said Howard Archer, an economist at the consultancy IHS Markit. ...
Starbucks blames UK profits plunge on Brexit and slowing growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of April 2017 12:32:31 PM
.... The battle for lunchtime trade has also intensified, with chains from Pret a Manger to Greggs serving up speciality coffees. A recent market report by consultancy Allegra Strategies shows that, despite Starbucks recent experiences, the UK’s thirst for coffee is growing with about 23,000 coffee shops contributing an estimated £8. ...
Barclays whistleblower case sparks calls for more protection image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 11:59:31 AM
UK inflation stays at three-year high of 2.3% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 10:42:20 AM
.... Reports from retailers suggest sales slowed in recent months. “Today’s release confirms our expectations that 2017 will see the end of the consumer spending boom which has driven economic growth in recent years,” said Nina Skero at the consultancy the Centre for Economics and Business Research. ...
Meet the millennials making big money riding China's bitcoin wave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 06:00:21 AM
....For the past six months, 27-year-old Yang has worked mainly from home, mainly from his sofa, tracking and trading bitcoin, and watching the money roll in. The flat itself is modestly sized; Yang moved in in his pre-bitcoin days when he worked variously for a crowdfunder start-up, a branding consultancy and dabbled in hedge-fund management, all of which he describes as “creative financial work”. ...
How to boost your pension by £700 a year: The amazing simple trick for YOUR retirement image
....Employees in workplace pension schemes are automatically enrolled into default investment funds, which try to meet broad saving goals. Around eight of 10 savers in workplace schemes end up these funds, even though they may not be right for their individual circumstances, research by management consultancy and behavioural science experts Decision Technology (Dectech) showed. ...
Jaeger clothing chain collapses into administration image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 10th of April 2017 04:13:10 PM
....The Scottish firm, which owns Jane Norman and Peacocks, bought some parts of the menswear retailer Austin Reed when it closed last year. Jaeger's problems are partly because it has "struggled for years to truly understand its core clientele", according to analysts at retail consultancy Kantar Worldpanel. ...
Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral | Martha Lane Fox image
....It could be one that stops asking what our government can do for tech companies and starts asking tech companies what they can do for the government. The United States Digital Service imports private-sector experts for “tours of duty” to redesign their federal products and services, making tech consultancy a patriotic act. ...
Price rises and pay figures to underline Brexit strain on Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 11:01:21 PM
....2% in the three months to February, compared with a year earlier. “Worrying for UK growth prospects, the fundamentals for consumers look odds-on to weaken markedly further over the coming months as rising inflation eats further into purchasing power with the squeeze reinforced by muted earnings growth,” said Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at the consultancy IHS Markit. ...
America owes China $1tn. That’s a problem for Beijing, and Trump knows it image
.... Trump holds the important cards and it is simply a case of whether he wants to play them. As Brian Davidson of the US’s Fathom consultancy has pointed out, the Chinese leadership is keen to avoid the social and political unrest a trade war with the US would inevitably bring. ...
Advertising fail image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:57:06 PM
.... So what can brands do to generate buzz without offending?. David Meikle, who founded marketing consultancy Salt, doubts that Pepsi will suffer from any long-term damage from the Kendall Jenner ad fiasco. ...
Bed and breakfast? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:20:27 PM
....The fact that the same liquid can be perceived in two such different ways is a great example of the "crazy nonsense and beauty of marketing", says Andrew Welch. As London managing director for brand consultancy Landor, Mr Welch's job is to help brands build and improve their reputation, and ultimately create higher sales. ...
Sterling’s fall lifts UK exports, figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 04:15:49 PM
.... Economists said the rebalancing towards more exports would offset some but not all of the slowdown in consumer spending expected this year as incomes are squeezed. “While the drop in the pound is clearly boosting inflation, it is also having some offsetting positive impacts through bringing about a long-awaited rebalancing of the economy towards the external sector,” said Paul Hollingsworth at the consultancy Capital Economics. ...
Bogus boss scam image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 11:05:39 PM
....In March, the US Department of Justice arrested a 48-year-old Lithuanian man, Evaldas Rimasauskas, for allegedly stealing more than $100m (£80m) from two internet companies in an email fraud between 2013 and 2015. "Email fraud is the number one attack for our clients," says Edward Cowen, chief executive of Remora, a cybersecurity consultancy. ...
Bank of England considers palm oil for £20 polymer notes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of March 2017 03:14:28 PM
.... It has been working with De La Rue and Innovia Security, the potential suppliers of the polymer material that would be used for future bank notes, to assess alternative options to animal-based products, such as palm or coconut oil. The Bank also commissioned a report on the environmental impact of a range of additives from a consultancy firm, Efeca. ...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hides home button and gains Bixby AI image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 03:00:35 PM
....The company has also become mired in a corruption scandal in its home country. "The Galaxy S8 is arguably the most important launch of the last 10 years for Samsung and every aspect will be under the microscope following the Note 7 recall," commented Ben Wood from the CCS tech consultancy. ...
Bye-bye bank charges? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 27th of March 2017 11:28:16 PM
....". David Brear, founder of fintech consultancy 11FS, says: "If, in five years time, [banks] are only selling their own products through their own channels to only their customers, they're in for hard times. ...
UK energy firms including big six miss smart meter deadline image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of March 2017 05:48:07 PM
....Several readers told the Guardian of smart meters that had been installed but had failed to send readings back to their supplier. Ian Nock, who runs a consultancy, said his supplier had installed a smart meter despite it being located in his basement where it was unable to get a signal. ...
The British jobs Brexit makes hard to fill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....”. Workforces in hotels and restaurants, manufacturers and transport are made up, respectively, of 33%, 23% and 20% non-UK nationals, according to human resources consultancy Mercer, where partner Gary Simmons says Brexit is taking place on top of a four-year decline in numbers of British-born workers. ...
Foreign companies flock to build nuclear plants in the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 04:00:06 PM
....“It’s pretty simple. We are the only people building new nuclear power stations and we have by far the biggest new nuclear programme outside China for the next 10 years,” said Peter Atherton, an analyst at consultancy Cornwall Energy. ...
Is an Isa the best home for your nest egg? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 25th of March 2017 07:00:03 AM
.... Then there are the hidden charges, such as for the turnover within the fund, which means you can easily be frittering away 2% a year of your investment. The Lang Cat consultancy, which monitors platform charges, has created a table of fees (see right) which show that it can cost as little as £13 to put £5,000 into an Isa. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces squeeze on living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 24th of March 2017 10:30:30 AM
....“I have been arguing for some time that interest rates should be gradually rising. The problem this year is that the slowdown in the economy could make that more difficult, even though it would be the right policy,” added Sentance, a senior economic adviser at the consultancy PwC. ...
Millions of UK workers at risk of being replaced by robots, study says image
....More than 10 million UK workers are at high risk of being replaced by robots within 15 years as the automation of routine tasks gathers pace in a new machine age. A report by the consultancy firm PwC found that 30% of jobs in Britain were potentially under threat from breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI). ...
Next sees first annual profit fall in eight years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 07:24:09 AM
....". Next has "had a remarkable record of out-performing its main competitors", especially M&S, in the past eight years, said Bryan Roberts of retail consultancy TCC Global. ...
Urban spies image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:29:02 AM
....Read all our Tomorrow's Cities series . Big data in cities has to be handled increasingly sensitively, thinks Nick Millman, managing director at consultancy firm Accenture. ...
'Out of control' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 12:02:11 AM
...."I knew there needed to be something for people with disabilities who just need a little bit of flexibility from their employers," she says. So she decided to quit her government job and launch Enabled Employment, a recruitment consultancy that helps people with a disability find paid work. ...
The Ronald, the Donald – and a hamstrung Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:59:01 AM
....She was under pressure from Republicans to signal a more rapid increase, but was clear in her view that a Trump boom is still just a twinkle in the former property developer’s eye. A study by consultancy Oxford Economics illustrates why the markets have joined the Fed in adopting a more cautious stance. ...
Rising prices set to push inflation over 2% Bank of England target image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 18th of March 2017 03:59:43 PM
.... That currency effect has combined with a rise in global oil prices to push inflation higher in recent months, causing a rude awakening for consumers, who had enjoyed near-zero inflation throughout 2015 and the first half of 2016. Howard Archer of consultancy IHS Markit predicts that Tuesday’s figures will confirm the rising trend for inflation: “Inflation is expected to have been lifted in February by significantly increased food prices. ...
Bank of England keeps UK interest rates on hold as it warns on inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:10:58 PM
.... The MPC said pay growth, which has been slowing in recent months, had turned out to be “notably weaker” on the latest figures than the Bank had been expecting in its latest set of economic forecasts in February. Howard Archer, economist at the consultancy IHS Markit, said that despite Forbes’s vote for a rate rise there was little chance borrowing costs would go up soon. ...

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