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.... The chancellor, Philip Hammond, who had been in line for the sack before the election result, is also signalling he wants a softer Brexit that could include a more comprehensive transitional deal. In comments putting him at odds with the prime minister’s determination to go for a hard Brexit that includes leaving the single market, customs union and slashing immigration, he will today assert that the majority of Britons want a deal that protects jobs, economic growth and prosperity. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“There have been signals from government that we are likely to see an end to austerity and therefore a possible increase in public spending. With the economy still in a fragile state, it’s important that any increased expenditure is allocated to areas that will help to drive economic growth – infrastructure, training and fiscal stimulus. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....8% growth in 2016. The group, which repeatedly warned against the economic consequences of a vote to leave, said economic growth would be subdued over the next two years. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....“We must work together to create well designed policies, both domestically and internationally. Only then can we make sure that globalisation will continue to lift economic growth and living standards around the world for generations to come,” Caruana continued. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Hammond, who campaigned for remain in the referendum and has been arguing in cabinet against the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, said the result of the general election had shown that the country was “weary after seven years of hard slog repairing the damage of the great recession”. But he added that funding for public services could only be delivered by higher taxes, higher borrowing or stronger economic growth. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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UK budget deficit to increase this year amid living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of June 2017 10:49:47 AM
....“There have been signals from government that we are likely to see an end to austerity and therefore a possible increase in public spending. With the economy still in a fragile state, it’s important that any increased expenditure is allocated to areas that will help to drive economic growth – infrastructure, training and fiscal stimulus. ...
Philip Hammond says Brexit deal must put jobs and prosperity first image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 08:41:04 AM
....Hammond, who campaigned for remain in the referendum and has been arguing in cabinet against the idea of Britain leaving the EU without a deal, said the result of the general election had shown that the country was “weary after seven years of hard slog repairing the damage of the great recession”. But he added that funding for public services could only be delivered by higher taxes, higher borrowing or stronger economic growth. ...
UK economy will slow amid Brexit talks and pay squeeze, warns CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 11:01:49 PM
....8% growth in 2016. The group, which repeatedly warned against the economic consequences of a vote to leave, said economic growth would be subdued over the next two years. ...
BIS warns rolling back globalisation would be ‘detrimental’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 05:41:55 PM
....“We must work together to create well designed policies, both domestically and internationally. Only then can we make sure that globalisation will continue to lift economic growth and living standards around the world for generations to come,” Caruana continued. ...
Big business leaders press Theresa May to rethink hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 18th of June 2017 03:48:03 AM
.... The chancellor, Philip Hammond, who had been in line for the sack before the election result, is also signalling he wants a softer Brexit that could include a more comprehensive transitional deal. In comments putting him at odds with the prime minister’s determination to go for a hard Brexit that includes leaving the single market, customs union and slashing immigration, he will today assert that the majority of Britons want a deal that protects jobs, economic growth and prosperity. ...
Fed raises interest rates again in further sign of confidence in US economy image
....“But this could be the last hike for a while. Until we see a reversal of the recent weakness in economic growth, retail sales and inflation, the Fed will be on the sidelines. ...
Pay squeeze intensifies as wage growth falls further behind inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:35:03 AM
....Economists are predicting the pay squeeze will accelerate in the coming months, with inflation likely to rise above 3% and as firms limit pay rises as their own costs rise and the economy weakens. The squeeze is expected to weigh on consumer spending, which has been the key driver of economic growth since the financial crisis. ...
Brussels plan could force euro clearing out of UK after Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 06:05:20 PM
.... The chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, is likely to tell his EU counterparts that any attempt to damage London’s euro clearing for national advantage would rebound on European firms with higher costs. A Treasury spokesman said: “The UK’s central counterparties [clearing houses] play a crucial role in supporting economic growth here and across the EU. ...
Britons feel the squeeze as inflation rises to four-year high of 2.9% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:37:27 AM
.... This continues a pattern of essentials becoming increasingly expensive, leaving households with less to spend on treats. Consumer spending has slowed as a result, holding back the pace of overall economic growth. ...
UK employers plan to keep hiring despite Brexit and slow growth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 05:01:47 AM
. Employers in Britain are planning to take on new workers over coming months despite looming Brexit negotiations and slower economic growth, according to a survey. ...
Moody's warns election result will complicate Brexit talks image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of June 2017 11:01:40 PM
....Moody’s, one of the big financial bodies that assigns credit scores to governments, said Theresa May’s failure to secure an outright majority would also hurt the UK’s standing on international debt markets because it was likely to result in more public borrowing. As the pound fell for the second consecutive session on Monday, a senior economist at another ratings agency, Standard & Poor’s, warned that already faltering UK economic growth would be weakened further by the latest bout of political instability. ...
Democrats say Dodd-Frank repeal is 'wrong choice' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 08:42:41 PM
...."It's called the Financial CHOICE Act. It stands for economic growth for all, but bank bailouts for none," he said. ...
UK economy falls to bottom of EU growth league image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 05:33:45 PM
....The UK economy was the worst performer in the European Union in the opening months of 2017 as the Brexit vote took its toll, according to official statistics that underscore the challenge facing the next British government. With economic growth of just 0. ...
ECB forecasts higher growth but keeps rates on hold image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 12:05:28 PM
. The European Central Bank (ECB) has increased its forecasts for economic growth in the eurozone but kept interest rates on hold. ...
China trade healthier than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 08:22:28 AM
. China's exports and imports rose by more than forecast in May, indicating that economic growth remains resilient amid concerns about a slowdown. ...
S&P lowers Qatar's credit rating image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 07:54:42 PM
.... . "We believe this will exacerbate Qatar's external vulnerabilities and could put pressure on its economic growth and fiscal metrics," S&P said. ...
Austerity has strangled the British economy. Only Labour gets this | Joseph Stiglitz image
.... For instance, when you have young people not learning, or in jobs inappropriate to their skills, they’re not increasing their human capital in the way they could be. Without that human capital, future economic growth will be lower than it could have been. ...
The Guardian view on the economy: invest for growth | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 07:08:11 PM
.... Corporate profits will be returned to 2010 levels to fund it. The Conservatives expect lower corporation tax rates to finally trigger an increase in investment, and economic growth strong enough to offset the party’s painful austerity agenda. ...
South Africa falls into second recession in a decade image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of June 2017 11:29:42 AM
. South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0. ...
If you want to get technical, recession records are nothing to brag about | Greg Jericho image
....3%, it remains very timid:. Worse still is that while the treasurer continues to suggest we are near the end of the fall in mining investment dragging down economic growth, the latest figures for expected investment suggest the fall still has a way to go. ...
The global economy can recover faster if we avoid the obvious pifalls | Nouriel Roubini image
.... The US president will not be able to pass any of the radical growth policies he has proposed; and any policy changes that he does make will have a limited impact. Contrary to what the administration’s budget projections claim, annual economic growth in the US has almost no chance of accelerating from 2% to 3%. ...
Global beer sales drying up, says report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 11:51:14 AM
....Although global GDP increased 3. 5% in 2016, according to the IMF, and economic growth usually correlates with increased alcohol consumption several major economies, China, Russia and Brazil all faced an economic slowdown or recession. ...
UK manufacturing in healthy shape despite election uncertainty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 05:24:04 PM
.... Higher prices and slow wage growth have eroded household budgets, denting the main driving force for UK GDP growth. The consumer squeeze was a key factor in the sharp slowdown in economic growth in the first quarter of 2017. ...
Indian growth figures miss estimates image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 01:13:06 PM
....Analysis: Sameer Hashmi, BBC News. The latest economic growth figures might have missed estimates, but doesn't come as a huge surprise. ...
Would a four-day week work? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 09:13:12 AM
....Also, a working paper from the International Monetary Fund suggested that the 35-hour week in France had reduced employment and not made workers any happier. But it's not just about maintaining economic growth - part of the idea of the four-day week is that to create a more sustainable economy we need to stop being obsessed by growth and start thinking about having a lower impact on the environment. ...
Signals mixed on US economy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 05:09:42 PM
....In a separate survey of consumer sentiment, confidence in the economy slipped. Policymakers are trying to read a mix of signals from the US economy, as the country extends one of the longest streaks of economic growth in its history. ...
Higher inflation drives down real wages for British workers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 12:48:46 PM
....With just over a week to go until a snap general election largely focused on looming Brexit negotiations, economists at the ratings agency Standard & Poor’s are the latest to highlight the blow to living standards from last year’s vote to leave the EU. The referendum result did not deliver the drastic hit to economic growth that some had predicted but it did send the pound sharply lower. ...
Crossrail 2 hits buffers as uncertainties over Brexit and election take hold image
....Funding is also a stumbling block, because the capital will again be expected to meet at least half the costs, although business rates will remain elevated for years just to pay for the first Crossrail. Proponents of Crossrail 2 argue that revenue is guaranteed: this is a scheme to cope with demand, not one to stimulate economic growth, although it would also expect to fuel development, growth and housing further out on regional branches south and north. ...
Don't want to work until you are 70? You will have to, says WEF image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 26th of May 2017 06:07:32 AM
.... According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a target of 70% of pre-retirement income roughly equates to an unchanged standard of living because once people retire they save less and pay less tax. The WEF said the funding gap would continue to grow at a rate higher than the expected economic growth rate, often 4% to 5% a year, driven in part by the effects of an ageing population: a growing population of retirees who are expected to live longer in retirement. ...
China risks another downgrade if debt bubble not fixed, says Moody's image
....China’s structural reforms will not be enough to arrest its rising debt and another credit rating downgrade for the country is possible unless it gets its ballooning borrowing in check, two officials at Moody’s ratings agency have said. Doubling down on comments earlier this week that China’s financial strength will be eroded because of huge corporate and household debt, Moody’s said the country’s “vast reform agenda” would not be enough to prevent borrowing from weighing on economic growth. ...
'Workers are being punished by Brexit' – experts debate the data image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:14:25 AM
.... The number of unfilled vacancies has risen to its highest level since the current data series started in 2001. Taking all this data together, it is generally consistent with the slowdown in economic growth which is expected by most economic forecasters this year and next. ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
Mongolia gets financial aid totalling $5.5bn from IMF image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:51:17 AM
....The resource-rich nation suffered a slowdown after commodity prices collapsed, and demand slowed. The donors' programme will also look at how agribusiness and tourism sectors could contribute to economic growth. ...
The great London property squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:30:19 AM
China's credit rating downgraded amid fears over slowing economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 12:48:29 PM
....Moody’s expects government debt to rise to 40% of GDP by the end of 2018, and to 45% by 2020. Luc Froehlich, head of investment directing for Asian fixed income at Fidelity International, said China was facing a number of issues: “The downgrade is yet another sign of the challenges faced by China, which is juggling rising leverage, declining economic growth rates and ongoing structural reforms. ...
Moody's cuts China's credit rating for first time since 1989 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of May 2017 03:28:10 AM
....What this ratings downgrade on China's debt boils down to is whether you believe the Chinese government has the ability to write off this debt. Does Beijing somehow have an ability to extend infinite credit lines, or at least reduce debt levels? And can it do so while trying to maintain strong economic growth figures? . ...
Trump's $4.1tr budget takes hatchet to safety net image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 23rd of May 2017 03:31:49 PM
....This budget projects the US government will eliminate its deficit and be running a surplus by 2027 - for the first time since the 1990s. The plan promises to cut tax rates, relying largely on hoped-for economic growth of 3% to avoid adding to the deficit. ...
Growth slump as rising prices slowed consumer spending, figures to show image
....Consumers failed to propel the UK economy in the first quarter as rising prices dampened appetite for spending, official figures will show this week. City economists believe the Office for National Statistics will confirm on Thursday that economic growth more than halved to 0. ...
Australian dollar news: GBP/AUD down from 8-month high as British workers face pay squeeze image
....”. "This could create higher levels of economic insecurity and could have serious implications for consumer spending, which has helped to support economic growth in recent months. ...
General election 2017: Workers' rights protections promised by Tories image
....Mrs May, visiting Oxfordshire, said: "By working with business, reducing taxes and dealing with the deficit, we have delivered steady improvements to the economic prospects of working people. "Now is the time to lock in that economic growth and ensure the proceeds are spread to everyone in our country. ...
Jobs market will suffer a Brexit slowdown, say experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 14th of May 2017 11:01:29 PM
....“The bad news is that there is a real risk a significant proportion of UK workers will see a fall in their living standards as the year progresses, due to a slowdown in basic pay and expectations of inflation increases over the next few months. “This could create higher levels of economic insecurity and could have serious implications for consumer spending, which has helped to support economic growth in recent months. ...
Philip Hammond calls China a 'natural partner' as he seeks post-Brexit trade deals image
.... “Since 1980 the Chinese economy has grown by over 2,500%. This year, it is expected to account for a quarter of total global economic growth,” he told an audience of world leaders including Russian president Vladimir Putin, and Turkey’s Recep Erdoğan. ...
Mohamed El-Erian: ‘We get signals that the system is under enormous stress’ image
....How do we take the high, benign road? El-Erian has a four-point plan. First, “we need to get back to investing in things that promote economic growth, infrastructure, a more pro-growth tax system for the US, serious labour retooling . ...
Just do it: the experience economy and how we turned our backs on ‘stuff’ image
.... In 2011, Chris Goodall, a British environment writer, used government data called the UK’s Material Flows Account to track consumption of stuff, and identified 2001 as a tipping point, long before the 2008 recession and everything that followed. He believed we had “decoupled” economic growth and material consumption. ...
Sliding sales stoke fears for US department stores image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 04:39:56 PM
.... . Some analysts said the decline in department store sales point to broader weakness in consumer spending - a key driver of economic growth. ...
Bank of England warns of consumer spending squeeze image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:26:30 AM
....He was upbeat about wage growth beyond 2017 - but only if the government secures a "smooth" exit from the EU. It came as the bank trimmed UK economic growth forecasts for 2017 from 2% to 1. ...
Bank of England warns Brexit vote will damage living standards image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 11:14:34 AM
....“Uncertainty for companies about the outlook may also have made them unwilling to raise wages at a faster pace until they have more clarity about future costs and market access,” Carney said at a news conference to present the Bank’s quarterly inflation report. Against the backdrop of political uncertainty, slowing economic growth and rising inflation, the Bank left interest rates on hold at their record low of 0. ...
Brexit slowdown fears as industrial output falls and trade deficit grows image
....Howard Archer, the chief UK economist at IHS Markit, said it was “a ropey set of March data for the UK economy that point to a poor end to a disappointing first quarter”. The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) estimates that the pace of economic growth slowed to 0. ...
Brexit will leave ‘a business support black hole,' says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of May 2017 06:15:12 AM
....”. The government’s commitment to an industrial strategy that supports all regions cannot be delivered without new ways of supporting regional economic growth, says the report, Reformed Business Funding: what small firms want from Brexit. ...
Retail sales 'get Easter boost' from food sales in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 07:09:56 AM
....The value of the pound has slumped by around 14% against the dollar since the EU referendum last June, pushing up the price of imported goods. This threatens to derail a consumer spending boom that has underpinned economic growth since the referendum. ...
Bank of England walks the tightrope over interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 06:00:55 AM
. Slower economic growth and higher inflation present Bank of England policymakers with a delicate balancing act when they meet this week to set interest rates and agree new forecasts for the UK as it goes through an election and Brexit talks. ...
Automation poses a high risk to 1.2m Scottish jobs, report says image
...."However, our system has a clear gap in that we don't have enough provision for people who have already started their careers, and employers are not investing to fill this gap. "To respond to the huge changes facing Scotland around demographic, technological and climate change - and of course Brexit - we're going to have to focus on retrofitting the current workforce to provide them with the skills they need, to deliver the inclusive economic growth we wish to see. ...
US jobs growth accelerates in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:37:34 PM
.... . Certainly the April jobs figures look consistent with the idea that the slowdown in US economic growth in the first three months of the year was "transitory", a view expressed by policy makers at the US Federal Reserve earlier this week. ...
UK needs £15bn in cuts or tax rises to clear deficit by 2022, says IFS image
.... But despite this, overall public spending remains slightly above its pre-crisis share of the economy. “This is due to persistently poor economic growth and an increase in the share of national income devoted to health, pensioner benefits and overseas aid. ...
Australian government to build second Sydney airport image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 02:52:03 AM
....Mr Turnbull described the airport as a "vitally important project" for both Sydney and the nation. "The airport will be a major catalyst for jobs and economic growth in western Sydney, injecting more than A$1. ...
Eurozone inflation picks up to 1.9% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 10:13:23 AM
...." . Separate figures from France showed that the country's economic growth rate slowed in the first three months of the year. ...
UK house prices fall again in April as buyers feel the pinch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:15:39 AM
....5% in 2016. Consumers have been the main driver of UK economic growth since the financial crisis but there are mounting signs that the appetite for spending is beginning to wane. ...
UK economy is being sucked into London and south-east, says TUC image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:44:57 AM
.... Theresa May has said the government’s planned industrial strategy will help the “left behind” parts of the country, while Labour has also called for action to regenerate the regions. The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “This analysis shows that, with London and the south-east dominating economic growth, too many people are missing out on the chance of a decent job just because of where they live. ...
British consumers' confidence slumps as inflation grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 06:01:03 AM
....The downbeat tone of the poll chimes with signs the economy has lost momentum in recent months as the post-referendum resilience in consumer spending wanes. Official figures on Friday morning are expected to show UK economic growth slowed markedly in the first quarter of this year. ...
​Trump tax plan could save him millions under guise of helping small businesses image
....5tn over 10 years. Scott Greenberg, a policy analyst at the conservative Tax Foundation, explained the rationale behind the administration’s assertion on Wednesday that the new lower business tax in Trump’s plan was aimed at stimulating economic growth. ...
Eurozone recovery gathering pace, says Draghi image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 12:21:29 PM
.... . The ECB cut its main interest rate to zero last year to try to stimulate economic growth and avoid deflation or falling prices. ...
Job opportunities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 11:12:43 PM
Trump under fire over 'huge tax cut for the rich' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 06:35:17 PM
....Mnuchin and Cohn were pressed on how Trump would benefit from the proposals, but they avoided the questions. “What this is about is creating job and economic growth,” Mnuchin said. ...
In the small print image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 03:35:41 PM
.... China's corporate tax rate is 20%, but some firms and industries there face a 15% rate. The president says it will spur economic growth by encouraging spending and investment. ...
Trump seeks tax windfall for business image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of April 2017 12:20:53 PM
UK government borrowing at lowest level since 2008 financial crisis image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:39:40 AM
....Government borrowing fell to the lowest level since the financial crisis in the year to the end of March as the economy proved more resilient than expected in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. Borrowing fell by £20bn to £52bn in the 2016-17 financial year after economic growth helped drive tax receipts higher, narrowing the gap between what the government spends and earns. ...
Reacting to technological threats isn't enough – we need to plan for them | Michael Boskin image
....Similarly, electrification, automation, software, and, most recently, robotics have all brought major gains in manufacturing productivity. My colleague Larry Lau and I estimate that technical change is responsible for roughly half the economic growth of the G7 economies in recent decades. ...
Disney, the Gap and Pepsi urged to quit US Chamber of Commerce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 11:00:17 AM
.... For the first time last year, 100% of its election spending backed Republican candidates. Holmes said: “Our endorsements are made by a lawmaker’s scorecard, and their views on the issues that are important to our membership and the American business community, based on economic growth and job creation. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... Economists do not expect the general election to change the economic outlook for this year – assuming the Conservatives are re-elected with an increased majority. Consumer spending has been strong and the main driver of UK economic growth, but economic surveys and the latest retail sales figures suggest spending started cooling markedly at the beginning of this year as shoppers felt the pinch from rising prices. ...

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