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.... It has been far easier, sadly, to get a sugar rush by stimulating the housing market. A hollowed-out manufacturing sector and a chronic trade deficit are the inevitable results. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....The FDF said positive growth was reported in 18 of the UK’s top 20 export markets, with only Japan and Spain in decline. However, that did not stop the UK’s food and drink trade deficit increasing by 16% to £12. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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South Korea's thirst for craft beer helps food and drink exports top £10bn image
....The FDF said positive growth was reported in 18 of the UK’s top 20 export markets, with only Japan and Spain in decline. However, that did not stop the UK’s food and drink trade deficit increasing by 16% to £12. ...
Brexit pain for holidaymakers as pound expected to fall further against euro image
....The pound’s collapse has been used by Brexiters to herald a new dawn of trading that would span beyond Europe. However, official figures on Thursday showed the trade deficit widened as a fillip to UK trade again failed to materialise. ...
Markets jittery over North Korea as UK trade deficit widens - as it happened image
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Brexit economy: sterling fall hits public finances and fails to boost trade image
. The sharp fall in sterling triggered by the EU referendum result is having an adverse effect on Britain’s already weak public finances but has yet to bring about the expected improvement in the trade deficit, a Guardian analysis of the economic news of the past month shows. ...
Aramco may be big, but fawning to Saudis diminishes London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 06:00:14 AM
.... Wages are growing at a sluggish pace and business investment has almost evaporated. To make matters worse, the fall in the pound that has generated much of the increase in prices, particularly for food and clothes, has done little to improve the trade deficit. ...
Brexit economy: UK faces slowdown amid living standards squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:36 AM
....Wages are now falling in real terms – adjusting for inflation – and the squeeze on household budgets has hurt consumer-facing businesses. But unemployment remains at a 42-year low, a drop in imports has narrowed Britain’s trade deficit and the pound’s renewed weakness has boosted the FTSE 100 by flattering the performance of companies that operate overseas and report their earnings in dollars. ...
What are the markets telling us about the election? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 11:36:19 AM
.... . Ultimately the value of the pound matters, because, in a country that runs a trade deficit, we rely on foreign investors to keep the economy afloat. ...
UK industrial output weaker than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of June 2017 10:05:52 AM
....2%, which was also much weaker than expected. Separate figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the UK's trade deficit narrowed in April. ...
How to respond to Trump's America | Joseph Stiglitz image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of June 2017 01:29:00 PM
....While Trump and his cabinet may know how to make business deals, they haven’t the slightest idea how the economic system as a whole works. If the administration’s macroeconomic policies are implemented, they will result in a larger trade deficit and a further decline in manufacturing. ...
UK exports record amount of food and drink image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 30th of May 2017 11:52:22 PM
....However, while the weaker pound benefited UK exporters, the FDF said it had also pushed up costs for British businesses that bring food into the UK from abroad. As a result, the UK's food and drink trade deficit - the difference between how much the UK imports and exports - actually widened 19% to £6. ...
If Germany can't count on old friends, perhaps it's time to make new ones image
.... . She wants to make clear she's as prepared as anyone else to stand up to Trump, who reiterated past criticisms on Tuesday with his tweet: "We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
.... Pay growth has stalled, despite low unemployment and reports that companies are struggling to fill vacancies. The news that Britain’s trade deficit widened more than expected in March has dampened hopes that stronger exports can make up for softer domestic demand. ...
Is Labour's manifesto living in fantasy land? Quite the opposite | Larry Elliott image
.... Fantasy Island, as the title suggests, was not exactly flattering about Britain’s departing PM. It painted a picture of Britain as mired in debt, where the public sector was on the brink of meltdown, where the country was trying to play the part of world policeman on the cheap, and where the growing size of the trade deficit exposed the perils of allowing manufacturing to shrivel. ...
UK industrial output falls in March image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of May 2017 09:23:23 AM
...."March's simply dreadful trade figures demonstrate that Britain is failing to capitalise on sterling's depreciation," said Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. "The trade deficit is extremely volatile, but has shown no underlying improvement since sterling began to depreciate in late 2015. ...
Falling real pay shows the British economy is still struggling | Larry Elliott image
.... That would be easier had more of Britain’s industrial base survived the travails of the past four decades. The reality is that beneath the surface glitter, the UK has some deep economic problems, from chronically weak investment to profound regional imbalances and a persistent trade deficit. ...
IMF meeting drops anti-protectionism pledge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of April 2017 09:58:15 AM
....An IMF statement said members would "work together" to reduce global trade and current account imbalances "through appropriate policies". It comes as the Trump administration looks to cut US trade deficits. ...
With a whiff of sulphur, George Osborne was gone – but for how long? | Polly Toynbee image
.... He seized the moment to justify setting about shrinking the state to below anything seen here or in similar European economies, though that tourniquet choked off the recovery he inherited. He left an even worse balance-of-trade deficit and the lowest productivity among equivalent countries in a house-price-dependent economy with virtually no new housing. ...
America owes China $1tn. That’s a problem for Beijing, and Trump knows it image
....Xi clearly hopes that Trump can be talked down from the aggressively anti-Beijing stance he adopted on the campaign trail, and arrived for his talks armed with a few vague promises about future Chinese investment in the US. This is not going to be enough to satisfy Trump, who has made action on America’s $350bn a year trade deficit with China a touchstone of his presidency. ...
UK industrial output falls in February image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 7th of April 2017 09:27:16 AM
....According to the ONS, the deficit was fuelled by what it called "erratic items", such as imports of gold and aircraft. "The overall trade deficit worsened, but excluding erratic items, the picture improved, as imports fell more than exports," said ONS senior statistician Kate Davies. ...
Trump's trade tactics image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:33:23 PM
Sterling’s fall lifts UK exports, figures show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 04:15:49 PM
....co/qHuKDoSKcr. The ONS said the improvement was mainly due to the sharp narrowing of the trade deficit, or the gap between exports and imports, which in turn was boosted by the fall in the pound since the EU referendum. ...
Trump trade crackdown 'not about China' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 31st of March 2017 03:57:19 PM
. President Donald Trump has signed two executive orders targeting the US trade deficit, ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit. ...
Lord King: Scotland 'could be independent' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 09:34:16 PM
....But he said it could be a challenge to borrow on the international markets. On Brexit, he said his "biggest worry" was "obsessed" politicians ignoring the trade deficit and NHS funding. ...
UK manufacturing output falls in January image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 10:30:57 AM
....4bn on rising exports of oil, machinery and transport equipment. Kate Davies, senior statistician at the ONS, said: "Taking the last three months together, construction and manufacturing both grew strongly, with considerable narrowing in Britain's trade deficit. ...
Trump's border tax could damage the US a lot more than a wall | Kenneth Rogoff image
.... But they like it anyway. First, the US imports a lot more than it exports, so it runs a large trade deficit, with the broadest measure (the “current account”) at about 2. ...
China sees first monthly trade deficit in three years image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 09:19:40 AM
. China has reported its first monthly trade deficit in three years, after imports surged and a slowdown during the Lunar New Year holidays hit output. ...
Trump could end global trade and force choice between US and China, says economist image
....“Free trade as we understand it is under extreme pressure,” he told Guardian Australia. “If the US doesn’t run a huge trade deficit, the world trade system as we understand it today breaks down. ...
Golf diplomacy: Japan's Abe hopes for strokes of genius to seal Trump trade pact image
....Demonstrating a commitment to American jobs is “part of Japan’s efforts to explain to Trump that it is a friendly nation” in both security and trade, according to Mikitaka Masuyama, a politics professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. But having smoothed his path to the White House with repeated promises to put “America first”, Trump’s protectionist instincts will not have been calmed by new data showing that the US trade deficit with Japan grew to $68. ...
Voting for Brexit hasn’t saved us from secretive trade deals image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 4th of February 2017 04:00:33 PM
.... It was Navarro, an economics professor and close pal of Ross, who hit the headlines last week after he accused Germany, Japan and China of being currency manipulators. In a paper with Ross before the presidential election, he argued strongly for tougher measures on imports to bring down Washington’s ballooning trade deficit. ...
The Guardian view on industrial strategy: hot air but no liftoff | Editorial image
....British politicians have been talking about a modern industrial strategy for long enough that the idea counts as neither original nor radical. But if the government makes real progress towards enacting such a strategy – setting into reverse patterns of short-termism, weak productivity, trade deficits and regional imbalances – it will be a significant achievement. ...
Pound falls to almost $1.20 but UK industrial output recovers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 10:36:06 AM
....The UK industrial sector, which had a difficult autumn, returned to health in November after manufacturing output rose more than expected and the North Sea’s biggest oilfield resumed production following a temporary closure. But the weak pound drove up the cost of imports and left Britain with a record trade deficit with the EU, months before the government triggers article 50 to begin the process of leaving the bloc. ...
UK exports 'show signs' of pound boost image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of January 2017 10:22:38 AM
....The monthly trade data tends to be volatile and subject to revisions, so figures for three months can be more useful. For the three months to the end of November the trade deficit rose a more modest £0. ...
Hammond: No decision yet on single market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 06:42:27 PM
....The chancellor dwelt on the importance of negotiating a deal with the UK's 27 counterparts who will remain in the EU. He said: "As we go forward we will also want to explore how we can get to a position where Ireland, Germany and France are able to carry on trading with the UK bearing in mind we run a huge trade deficit with our EU partners. ...
What the US economy doesn't need from Donald Trump | Joseph Stiglitz image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 11:19:56 AM
.... There’s a good chance that the monetary contraction will outweigh the fiscal stimulus, curbing the Obama growth spurt currently underway. Higher interest rates will undercut construction jobs and increase the value of the dollar, leading to larger trade deficits and fewer manufacturing jobs – just the opposite of what Trump promised. ...
UK trade gap narrows despite fears of Brexit slowdown image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 11:40:23 AM
....News of a pick-up in exports has fanned hopes the UK economy will finish the year on a strong note, confounding earlier fears that the Brexit vote would spark a sharp slowdown. Official figures showed the UK’s trade deficit with the rest of the world narrowed more than expected in October as exports rose and imports fell. ...
UK trade deficit narrows in October image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 10:38:11 AM
. The UK trade deficit in goods and services narrowed to £2bn in October as exports rose, official figures show. ...
UK's trade deficit before Brexit vote narrower than first calculated image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 6th of December 2016 11:14:26 PM
. Britain’s trade deficit in the months before the Brexit vote was narrower than first calculated after the government’s statistics agency uncovered a major mistake in monthly import and export data going back to 2015. ...
RBS biggest failure in bank stress test image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 07:40:07 AM
.... . The UK's reliance on foreign money to finance its trade deficit - the so-called "kindness of strangers" - is highlighted, along with the vulnerability of the UK's role in providing financial services to the European Union. ...
Jam tomorrow: all Philip Hammond is likely to offer struggling Britons image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 02:48:08 PM
....The challenges were highlighted last week by the left-leaning IPPR thinktank, which announced a two-year commission designed to come up with solutions to Britain’s structural economic weaknesses. Six were identified – under-investment, a chronic trade deficit, poor public finances, too many Jams, the concentration of income and wealth in the south-east, and the failure to hit carbon reduction targets. ...
Can Trump strike the right balance on monetary policy? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of November 2016 10:42:32 AM
....If continued low growth and low inflation do not justify rapid interest rate increases, a hawkish Fed that raises rates anyway will face harsh disciplining by the market – and, by extension, so will Trump. Moreover, premature and excessive hawkishness would strengthen the US dollar and sharply increase the US trade deficit, undermining Trump’s stated goal of creating jobs and boosting incomes for his blue-collar, working-class electoral base. ...
Justin Welby to help UK thinktank build vision of post-Brexit economy image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....Justin Welby will join other leading figures including the general secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, and the chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Sir Charlie Mayfield, on the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) programme that will seek remedies for six key UK weaknesses. Launching its commission on Thursday, the IPPR said the apparent success of the economy masked fundamental problems: weak investment compared with rival countries; a huge trade deficit; a budget deficit that would get bigger as the population ages; the capture of the fruits of growth by a small minority; the gap between the south-east and the rest of the country; and poor progress in meeting the UK’s climate change ambitions. ...
Trade is the lifeblood of humanity. Closed doors lead to closed minds | Will Hutton image
.... Drive round the ailing industrial towns of south Yorkshire or Ohio and compare the economic and social landscape with that of Düsseldorf, Munich, Shanghai or Shenzhen. Decade of consistent manufacturing trade deficits have exacted a cruel toll. ...
UK trade deficit widens unexpectedly as exports fall despite pound drop image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 12:59:36 PM
. Britain’s trade deficit with the rest of the world widened unexpectedly in September as the sharp fall in the pound since the Brexit vote failed to boost exports. ...
The legacy of leaving old industrial Britain to rot is becoming clear | Larry Elliott image
....The deleterious consequences of this profound change in the economy were kept hidden for a surprisingly long time. First, the windfall from North Sea oil disguised a growing manufacturing trade deficit and allowed governments to massage the jobless figures by shifting people off unemployment benefit and into long-term sickness. ...
Egypt allows its currency to float freely image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of November 2016 09:09:12 AM
.... Inflation is in double figures and there is what the IMF calls an "elevated" deficit in the country's international trade. The sharp currency depreciation will improve competiveness and should in time help to bring down the trade deficit. ...
UK construction slowed in August but ONS plays down Brexit link image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 10:35:56 AM
....”. The figures follow news last week of a fall in industrial output in August and a widening in Britain’s trade deficit with the rest of the world. ...
Who are the winners and losers in sterling’s plunge? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of October 2016 05:47:48 PM
....Exporters: Britain has the worst balance of payments deficit of any major economy, and the falling pound will make British-made goods much cheaper abroad. But the impact is slow; the UK’s trade deficit in goods and services with the rest of the world widened in August as exports continued to rise but imports grew at a faster rate. ...
What Brexit slowdown? GDP UP as economy performs BETTER than expected after EU referendum image
....That would reduce the chance of a rate cut this year. Britain's trade deficit weighed on growth, posing its biggest drag on GDP since late 2013, the ONS data also showed. ...
Reality Check: Does the UK sell boomerangs to Australia? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of September 2016 04:18:09 PM
....In fact, the vast majority of UK wine exports are shipped in from elsewhere in bulk before being bottled in the UK and sold on. Unsurprisingly, the UK still has a huge trade deficit in wine with France - it imported £881m worth last year. ...
UK trade deficit shrinks in July image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of September 2016 09:13:52 AM
UK economic growth driven by shoppers in second quarter image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 26th of August 2016 10:34:08 AM
....5% in the quarter having fallen in the first three months of the year. However, the UK's widening trade deficit was a drag on growth during the April-to-June period. ...

The two big tests awaiting the Prime Minister's 'Mayconomics' agenda
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 06:48:38 AM
.... After Brexit the pound fell against the euro, but the Government should pursue a strategy to ensure a continuing competitive rate. We have a large trade deficit with the EU and we are entitled to ensure that the exchange rate stays low to restore balance. ...
Economic visions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of August 2016 09:17:43 PM
....Mr Trump's employment plan focuses on encouraging more businesses to open in the US. He has suggested that investing in infrastructure, cutting the trade deficit, lowering taxes and removing regulations will make it easier for companies to hire. ...
US jobs growth beats forecasts in July image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 01:28:43 PM
.... . While jobs data was lifting markets, investors also learned that the US trade deficit had widened to its largest position in 10 months. ...
US GDP growth misses forecasts despite spending surge image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of July 2016 01:35:31 PM
....Government figures released on Thursday had hinted at subdued business spending. The US trade deficit - the different between imports and exports - had widened to $63. ...
UK trade deficit widens in May image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of July 2016 09:24:58 AM
. The UK's trade deficit widened in May after the value of exports fell faster than imports. ...
US trade deficit expands more than expected image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 6th of July 2016 02:34:25 PM
. The US trade deficit grew by 10% in May as exports fell while imports, particularly from China, rose. ...
Brexit would help UK manufacturing survive in a global market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 11:48:20 AM
....Manufacturing matters and Brexit can help. Although a service sector economy, UK manufacturing is vital in achieving balanced and regional growth and reducing the large trade deficit. ...
EU referendum: barrage of grim forecasts takes aim at our homes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 13th of May 2016 10:16:04 AM
....Interestingly, the IMF makes clear that in the absence of the referendum it would be a bit concerned about the UK economy. It highlighted all the familiar problems – consumers running down savings, dismal productivity growth and a whopping trade deficit – and said they had got worse in the last year. ...
British workers have discovered the limits of the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 11th of May 2016 01:30:05 PM
....But we have continued to buy more and more things from abroad. As a result, our trade deficit is now greater than it has been at any point since 2008. ...
UK trade deficit with EU hits new record image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of May 2016 09:32:09 AM
. Britain’s trade deficit with other European Union countries is running at a record high level ahead of the referendum next month, official figures show. ...
Data will show UK at standstill: Growth prospects set to be hit by double whammy image
. On Tuesday the Office for National Statistics (ONS) will publish the latest figures on import and export activity, which are expected to show that the UK’s trade deficit in goods and services for March fell from £4. ...
Brexit fears weighing down UK manufacturing? Dream on image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 3rd of May 2016 11:28:06 AM
....Let’s see how the economy fares when the referendum is over. Assuming the opinion polls are right and the Remain side wins, the upshot should be a revitalised Britain where the trade deficit narrows from a record 7% of GDP, a decade-long hiatus in productivity growth comes to an end, and there is the long-promised rebalancing of growth towards investment and exports. ...
Looming EU vote posing risk to British economy, Mark Carney says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 28th of April 2016 02:17:49 PM
....Earlier on Thursday, campaigners for Britain to leave the EU hit back at studies claiming an exit would be bad for growth and living standards with a report from eight economists that argued the UK would thrive as an independent country. The Economists for Brexit report said output would be higher, the City of London would thrive, unemployment would fall and the trade deficit would narrow in the event of a no vote in the in/out referendum. ...

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