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....Economists have warned that the UK's productivity continues to lag behind its major trading partners such as the US, France and Germany. ONS head of productivity Philip Wales said: "UK labour productivity growth has struggled since the 2008 economic downturn, and the fall in the first quarter of 2017 brings to an end a recent run of quarters of positive growth. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
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....Last week the Bank of England said it was concerned about rising consumer debt, warning that this posed a risk to the stability of the banking sector. In its financial stability report, the central bank, which is the main regulator for the financial services industry, said that over the past 10 years the banking sector’s total write-offs on consumer credit were 10 times higher than on mortgages, and that figure was likely to increase should the UK suffer an economic downturn. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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UK productivity falls to pre-crisis level image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 02:16:37 PM
....Economists have warned that the UK's productivity continues to lag behind its major trading partners such as the US, France and Germany. ONS head of productivity Philip Wales said: "UK labour productivity growth has struggled since the 2008 economic downturn, and the fall in the first quarter of 2017 brings to an end a recent run of quarters of positive growth. ...
MPs and charities urge car leasers to publish sub-prime loan figures image
....Last week the Bank of England said it was concerned about rising consumer debt, warning that this posed a risk to the stability of the banking sector. In its financial stability report, the central bank, which is the main regulator for the financial services industry, said that over the past 10 years the banking sector’s total write-offs on consumer credit were 10 times higher than on mortgages, and that figure was likely to increase should the UK suffer an economic downturn. ...
Savings CRISIS: Household rainy-day funds PLUNGE to record lows  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 30th of June 2017 02:04:00 PM
.... It means that the value of cash kept in standard savings accounts is in effect falling, which could also discourage households from keeping hold of money. Families without a financial buffer could struggle to cope in an economic downturn or in the event of an unexpected event such as a job loss. ...
Are you about to go bust? Credit crash fears as household borrowing surges by £1.7BN image
....Policymakers now appear to be worried that the debt boom could trigger another financial crisis, after out of control lending led to the 2007 crash. The Bank of England has now ordered lenders to hold more cash to see them through an economic downturn, while borrowing requirements for customers have become stricter. ...
Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’ image
.... It is more Le Pen equals David Duke. Klein has not been surprised how, at a time of economic downturn and mass migration, nationalism has once again proved such a potent force in successive elections in the west. ...
Are cheap car loans the vehicle taking us to the next financial crash? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 10th of June 2017 03:00:29 PM
.... There are worries that the volume of lending will be vulnerable to an increase in interest rates or rise in unemployment. Bank of England economists writing in a blogpost entitled “Car finance – is the industry speeding?” argue that “the industry’s growing reliance on PCP has made it more vulnerable to macroeconomic downturns”. ...
Debt fears remain despite manifesto 'breathing space' plans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 22nd of May 2017 11:24:11 PM
....In five areas - Northern Ireland, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, North East England and Wales - more than half the adult population has savings below £100. There is a risk to UK economic stability too, with lenders standing to lose much more on their consumer credit loans than they would on mortgage lending if there is an economic downturn and their borrowers default on their credit card and other personal loans. ...
Bankruptcy risk as ‘desperate’ councils play the property market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of April 2017 10:10:17 PM
....2bn in commercial property last year and a further £221m so far this year. An economic downturn could see commercial property yields drop, leaving councils exposed, say analysts. ...
Snap election delays £300m relief package for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of April 2017 09:48:24 AM
....”. Business properties are usually revalued every five years but this was delayed by two years as a result of the economic downturn. ...
Financial Conduct Authority concerned over personal debt image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 09:09:54 AM
.... It is also far smaller than mortgage lending, which amounts to 70% of loans to households. But UK lenders stand to lose much more on their consumer credit loans if there is an economic downturn and their borrowers default on their credit card and other personal loans. ...
Bank still worried about personal lending image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:26:26 AM
....The recent rapid rise in consumer borrowing is still a potential threat to the stability of the UK's financial system, says the Bank of England. The Bank is concerned about the damage that could be done to the finances of lenders if borrowers default on their borrowing during an economic downturn. ...
Brexit could damage UK's fight against corruption, says OECD image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 10:07:05 AM
....”. The report also warns that any potential economic downturn resulting from leaving the EU could damage government willingness to be seen to be aggressively regulating business. ...
Slow burn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 06:27:47 PM
....Back in the depths of the financial crisis the US Federal Reserve cut its main interest rate to close to zero. It was an effort to prevent an even more severe economic downturn. ...
UK workers' sickness rates at record low image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 12:48:29 PM
....Other findings for last year included:. ONS statistician Brendan Freeman said: "Since 2003, there has been a fairly steady decline in the number of working days lost to sickness, especially during the economic downturn. ...
UK workers record lowest rate of sick days since records began image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 02:48:44 PM
....7% for workers in private firms last year. ONS statistician Brendan Freeman said: “Since 2003, there has been a fairly steady decline in the number of working days lost to sickness, especially during the economic downturn. ...
Hammond gets budget boost as OECD upgrades UK growth forecast image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:00:39 AM
.... It made no changes to its earlier forecast for growth to slow further in 2018 to just 1% – which would be the weakest performance since the depths of the global financial crisis in 2009. It also highlighted rapid house price growth in the UK and other countries as a potential warning sign of another economic downturn. ...
Australian housing market crash could lead to broader downturn, OECD warns image
. A crash in Australia’s “unprecedented” housing market could lead to a broader economic downturn, according to a report from the OECD. ...
World's largest sailing yacht impounded in Gibraltar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 05:29:18 PM
....”. “In the volatile world of shipping, particularly in the recent economic downturn, disputes and defaults are an unfortunate fact of life,” the Gibraltar Port Authority says on its website. ...
Organic food sales soar as shoppers put quality before price image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 07:00:02 AM
....Demand for organic food is at its highest for more than a decade, according to major retailers. That’s good news for an industry that was hit hard by the economic downturn but now seems to be returning to rude health as more shoppers say organic food is worth paying the premium for. ...
Sub-prime cars: are car loans driving us towards the next financial crash? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of February 2017 03:29:36 PM
....Should an auto asset-backed security collapse, it is likely that the pain will fall mostly on the car manufacturers who stand behind their multibillion-pound leasing arms. At the Bank of England, economists on its blog entitled “Car finance – is the industry speeding?” concluded that “the industry’s growing reliance on PCP has made it more vulnerable to macroeconomic downturns”. ...
Pound gains against the euro amid fears over Italy's referendum image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:24:55 PM
.... They are right to be concerned. “If the outcome results in another economic downturn, causing sovereign bond yields to spike, it could prove to be the straw that broke the camel’s back, triggering a banking crisis and eventually Italy’s exit from the euro area. ...
Brexit? I've no idea what's going on either, says Mark Carney image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of November 2016 05:39:09 PM
. The governor of the Bank of England took a lot of flak during the EU referendum campaign for forecasting an economic downturn in the event of a Brexit vote, so he was hellbent on giving away as little information as possible at his latest appearance before the Treasury select committee. ...
No politician can keep a promise to bring back jobs – especially not Donald Trump image
....In fact a 2015 US government report suggests that 40% of US jobs are now contingent, so that “millions of workers … are in temporary, contract, or other forms of non-standard employment arrangements” which have no “employer-provided retirement and health benefits, or … job-protected leave”. The states that turned from Barack Obama to Trump closely hew with the areas most affected by disruptions associated with globalisation and economic downturn. ...
Paula Nickolds: John Lewis lifer who was destined for retail success image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of October 2016 05:25:17 PM
....She went on to hold buying roles in clothing and furniture before taking her first senior position as head of product development in 2006. During the economic downturn, between 2009 and 2013, she led the homewares buying teams where they developed the House and Croft collections. ...
Hanjin shares tumble on closure of Europe business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 06:59:06 AM
....Before the bankruptcy, Hanjin was the world's seventh-largest container company and had been unprofitable for four of the past five years. The global economic downturn in recent years has affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
Hanjin shares jump 25% as US assets go on sale image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of October 2016 06:18:21 AM
....Before the bankruptcy, Hanjin was the world's seventh-largest container line and had been unprofitable for four of the past five years. The global economic downturn in recent years has affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
Reality Check: Do foreign workers take jobs and cut wages? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 6th of October 2016 04:51:53 PM
....The claim: Foreign workers take away jobs from British workers and reduce their wages. Reality Check verdict: Non-UK workers have no effect on the employment of UK-born workers, except during an economic downturn. ...
Money makers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 30th of September 2016 11:11:19 PM
....For Nigerian businesses, 2016 has indeed been a challenging year. The oil-dependent nation is presently in an economic downturn, largely because of the drop in oil prices. ...
Ex-Hanjin Shipping chairwoman investigated over insider trading image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 23rd of September 2016 07:31:01 AM
....The company is the world's seventh-largest container line and has been unprofitable for four of the past five years. The global economic downturn in recent years has affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
Shares of troubled shipping firm Hanjin jump 28% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 01:08:38 AM
....Hanjin is the world's seventh-largest container line and has been unprofitable for four of the past five years. The global economic downturn in recent years has affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
Hanjin seeks funds to free stranded cargo worth $14bn image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 03:09:25 PM
....However, creditors, banks and the South Korean government are all reluctant to put up the cash. The global economic downturn, fierce competition and falling prices has hit profits across the cargo shipping industry and Hanjin collapsed with debts of about $5. ...
Hanjin bankruptcy: S Korea throws lifeline to shipping firm image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of September 2016 01:34:50 AM
....Hanjin is the world's seventh-largest container line and has been unprofitable for four of the past five years. The global economic downturn in recent years severely affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
London housing: why Hong Kong cash in Colindale is not all bad image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 09:59:16 AM
.... Should we oppose foreigners supplying it?. There’s something quite familiar about all this; something reminiscent of the early days of Mayor Johnson, when the economic downturn kicked in, the credit crunch bit and overall housing supply in London became increasingly dependent on hot money seeking safe havens from abroad. ...
Bankrupt Hanjin seeks court protection for its ships image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 03:17:55 AM
.... . The global economic downturn in recent years years severely affected profits across the cargo shipping industry. ...
Big spenders image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of August 2016 01:03:44 PM
....". Summer transfer spending by top flight English clubs rose between 2006-07 and 2008-09 before dropping off for the next two seasons as the effects of the economic downturn hit. ...

Up to 50 animals 'starve to death' at Venezuelan zoo as crippling economic downturn hits food supplies
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.... Other animals are at risk across the country. Their troubles mirror those of Venezuelans who routinely skip meals or spend hours in supermarket lines, at times chanting "We want food!" or even looting, amid an unprecedented economic downturn in the Opec nation. ...

We're working harder, feel more stressed and have less security - but Brits are happier at work than ever before 
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....That finding was, in turn, virtually unchanged on the level seen in 1997 (48 per cent). The figures, published by NatCen Social Research, show a striking contrast between the experience of the recent economic downturn, sometimes known as the “Great Recession”, to that in previous periods of economic uncertainly, when it comes to enthusiasm for work. ...
'High price' for the lost savings habit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 22nd of July 2016 09:06:49 PM
....Median average household disposable income in the UK was estimated to be £25,700 in 2014-15, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show. Before the economic downturn, the average was £25,400. ...
Brexit throws 'spanner in the works' of global growth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 12:59:57 PM
....Before the referendum vote on 23 June, the IMF says that the global economy had been showing promising signs of growth. The IMF does not believe that fears over an economic downturn have passed. ...
Middle-income families in UK resemble the poor of years past, says IFS image
....Britain’s economy since the recession of 2008-09 has been marked by a large increase in the numbers employed, coupled with a much more modest rise in incomes. The IFS said this had changed the dynamic of poverty, with the least well-off households much more vulnerable to economic downturns, such as that likely to be caused by Britain’s decision to leave the EU, than in the past. ...
Fighting fit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 17th of July 2016 09:22:25 PM
....Born and raised in Thailand to a wealthy family, Chatri was studying at the prestigious US college in the late 1990s when the Asian financial crisis hit. Back in Bangkok, amid the sharp economic downturn, his father's property company collapsed and the family lost everything. ...
Open for business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of July 2016 11:08:28 PM
....". The golf business suffered during the global economic downturn of 2008, with playing seen by many as a non-discretionary leisure extra, and registered player numbers in Scotland and England have declined over the past decade, hence initiatives like the golf month. ...
Sainsbury's 'convinced' by Argos deal despite EU vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of July 2016 06:05:20 PM
...."I think it's very early days. There is a slight danger that we talk our way into an economic downturn as well," he said. ...
Businesses urge action on EU workers and infrastructure image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of July 2016 11:01:45 PM
....Earlier, Conservative MPs warned the government risked worsening the UK economy if it did not provide such guarantees to the three million EU citizens living in the UK. Andrew Tyrie, the chair of the Treasury select committee, said: "Protecting their rights is the only ethical position that can be taken and what's more, the longer the uncertainty about this question persists the greater the risk of the economic downturn and economic consequences. ...
FTSE 100 slides as property shares suffer image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 4th of July 2016 07:25:25 AM
....1860 against the euro in a very sudden spike downwards on Sunday evening," said Caxton FX analyst Alexandra Russell-Oliver. "The pairing has since recovered, but the pound is expected to remain under significant pressure in the coming weeks as the Bank of England is anticipating an economic downturn once the effects of the UK referendum start to affect the economy at large. ...
British Olympic Association predicts record 2015 profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 1st of July 2016 09:00:38 PM
...."I'd like to see them build their reserves. When the next economic downturn comes, or next hiccough in the performance of the British team, they can survive and thrive. ...
Barclays 'has no plans to move jobs' after Brexit vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 02:00:14 PM
....Barclay's own shares lost nearly a third of their value last Friday. A rout he put down to fears that a political upheaval could lead to an economic downturn. ...
Singapore bank halts lending for London properties over Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 08:03:06 AM
....”. Britain’s decision to leave the EU has sent shockwaves around the world, hitting global markets in the immediate aftermath of the result and putting policymakers on high alert for a renewed economic downturn. ...
Deutsche Bank and Santander fail US stress test image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 12:50:06 AM
.... . The test is designed to judge whether banks operating in the US can weather a major economic downturn. ...
How will Brexit affect YOUR bank balance? Advice on savings, mortgages, house prices image
....  . “Normally, when the pound drops, you would increase interest rates,” he said, noting that there are worries about an economic downturn. ...
New York's oldest witchcraft store still casting its spell after 34 years image
.... Part of the popularity of witchcraft comes from people looking for a spiritual practice that gives them a measure of control, explains Rapp. That need for control may also be the reason the shop is not greatly affected by economic downturns. ...
Scuffles and smoke bombs as protesters step up fight against French labour bill image
....Valls insisted the bill is “good for workers” and small businesses, and argued that many of its critics were ill-informed of its contents. In addition to loosening rules about the 35-hour work week, the bill makes it easier to fire workers in times of economic downturn, and weakens the power of unions to set working conditions across an entire sector. ...
Stamp duty rush boosts March house prices, says ONS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of May 2016 10:46:11 AM
....Wales reached another record high in March while Scotland is 0. 9% below the pre-economic downturn peak and Northern Ireland 42. ...
Candy brothers may have paid almost no UK tax on £27m land deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 11:00:12 AM
....25m from Anglo Irish Bank in March 2007. Anglo Irish was one of the banks worst affected by the economic downturn and was nationalised in 2009. ...
Oversupplied oil market to rebalance by next year, says IEA image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:56:29 AM
....”. He added: “When we look at all the fundamentals – demand, supply and stocks – I have all the reasons to believe that in the absence of a major economic downturn we are going to see balance in the markets latest by 2017. ...
One in four executives believes 'corruption and bribery is rife in UK' image
....5m files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca were made public, also found that half of all respondents were prepared to justify unethical behaviour to meet financial targets. This was a greater proportion than the 36% that could justify such behaviour to help a company survive in an economic downturn. ...
Brussels steel summit fails to find answer to oversupply problem image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 18th of April 2016 06:50:48 PM
....But China rejected this argument on Monday, saying the US and European Union were “also plagued by overcapacity to differing degrees”. China’s assistant trade minister, Zhang Ji, told ministers that the economic downturn since 2008 and falling demand was “the fundamental reason” behind excess capacity. ...
Africa's great opportunity for reform image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 10th of April 2016 10:41:05 AM
....The challenge for policy-makers is to set a course for recovery that supports more inclusive growth, while preparing the ground for an economic transformation. Meeting that challenge in the midst of an economic downturn will not be easy. ...
Second runway to be built at Dublin airport image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 03:10:05 PM
....Construction is scheduled to start in 2017, with about 1,200 people set to be directly employed. Passenger numbers at the airport rose by 15% last year to surpass the level reached in 2008, before the economic downturn saw air travel fall away. ...
Wetherspoon chief says staying in EU bad for small businesses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 26th of March 2016 04:16:09 PM
....Tim Martin, who founded the pub chain in 1979, said the EU was transferring power away from its member states and handing it to unelected officials in Brussels. As a result, he pointed out, countries like Spain and Greece that are struggling to drag themselves out of an economic downturn had no power over their own budgets and interest rates. ...
China’s woes take sheen off amber as traders fear risky times ahead image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of March 2016 04:00:14 PM
.... In the past five years, amid soaring interest from China, the gram price of amber has overtaken that of gold. But now there are fears the Chinese economic downturn is about to impose an ice age chill on the sector. ...
'President Trump' as big a threat as jihadi terror to global economy - EIU image
....According to the EIU, there was “a moderate probability” of Trump winning November’s presidential election, and serious conflict in Washington if he succeeded. “Although we do not expect Mr Trump to defeat his most likely Democratic contender, Hillary Clinton, there are risks to this forecast, especially in the event of a terrorist attack on US soil or a sudden economic downturn,” it said. ...
Mortgage lending shakeup could push up cost of borrowing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 14th of March 2016 07:27:01 PM
....Moody’s said that the current low unemployment and low-interest rate environment had held down arrears for buy-to-let mortgages and would not affect the credit quality of the lenders it rates. It added: “That said, a loosening of underwriting criteria or attempts to aggressively boost market share in the BTL market are far more likely to put downward pressure on standalone credit assessments, given the increase in the cost of risk that could materialise in an economic downturn. ...
Manufacturing slide could be bottoming out, says EEF image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of March 2016 12:01:48 AM
.... Manufacturers were also predicting output would grow again over the coming three months as order books improve. But they remained generally cautious after being buffeted by global factors including a commodity price rout, steel oversupply and China’s economic downturn. ...
China to cut 1.8m jobs in coal and steel sectors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 08:14:59 AM
....“The economy faces relatively big downward pressures and some firms face difficulties in production and operation, which would lead to insufficient employment,” Yin said, adding that increasing graduates this year would also add pressure in the job market. Despite the economic downturn, there have been no reports of mass layoffs as occurred during the global financial crisis, when over 28 million workers were laid off. ...
UK housebuilding hits seven-year high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 01:25:16 PM
....Areas with the lowest completion rates included Kingston-upon-Thames, Southend-on-Sea and Gravesham, while completion rates were rising in London, Blackpool and Basildon, the report said. Housing starts experienced sustained growth in the early 2000s, but they hit a trough in 2009 as the economic downturn took hold, before starting to ascend. ...
Richest fifth in the UK worse off since financial crash, official figures reveal image
....Related: Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world's population, says Oxfam. However, the department said the economic downturn “had a negative impact on the incomes of all but the poorest fifth of the population”. ...
Shares in Standard Chartered plunge after bank reports $1.5bn loss image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of February 2016 09:24:53 AM
.... . The Asia-focused bank has been pumelled by the economic downturn in many Asian economies, declining commodity markets and its own expensive internal restructurings. ...
UK retail sales soar as Brits splash their cash on 'fun stuff' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 01:17:11 PM
.... . "Department stores recorded good growth as retailers cut prices to clear stock and, along with household goods stores, are experiencing their longest period of sustained growth since before the economic downturn," said Ms Richard. ...
Post-Christmas boom lifts UK high street sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 10:38:55 AM
....Melanie Richard, ONS head of retail sales statistics, said: “While all store types showed growth in January, the strongest performance came from the non-food sector. Department stores recorded good growth as retailers cut prices to clear stock and, along with household goods stores, are experiencing their longest period of sustained growth since before the economic downturn. ...
Osborne 'faces borrowing challenge' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 19th of February 2016 10:18:14 AM
....2% higher for the year. The ONS said department stores posted the 34th month of consecutive year-on-year growth - the longest sustained period of growth for such retailers since the economic downturn in 2008. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Thursday 18th of February 2016 11:59:34 AM
...."(But) my big picture of the world hasn't changed with the market yield curve," Cunliffe said, referring to a "slow recovery story". Expectations that an economic downturn will keep interest rates lower for longer can prompt investors to scoop up higher-yielding long-dated debt, causing the yield curve to flatten or even invert. ...

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