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.... It is surely perverse for the taxation system to privilege Amazon’s retail warehouses, built on cheap land with low rental values, over high street shops. The policy may create a few jobs in areas of underinvestment, but the effect is to damage further town centres that have been clobbered by the growth in charmless out-of-town sheds. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Hammond seems to be expecting business rates storm to just blow over image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:42:51 PM
.... It is surely perverse for the taxation system to privilege Amazon’s retail warehouses, built on cheap land with low rental values, over high street shops. The policy may create a few jobs in areas of underinvestment, but the effect is to damage further town centres that have been clobbered by the growth in charmless out-of-town sheds. ...
Poll confirms Southern’s status as UK's worst-performing rail firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 24th of January 2017 12:58:11 PM
....She said much of the disruption was caused by engineering work that would eventually deliver a better service. “After decades of underinvestment, and with passenger numbers soaring to 4. ...
Sellafield safety concerns uncovered by BBC Panorama image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 5th of September 2016 04:01:21 PM
....Sellafield has been working to remove them, but there are still more than 2,000 bottles containing plutonium and uranium on the site. Dr Strong told Panorama that Sellafield had been working to get the material into proper storage: "The organisation is now focusing on putting right some underinvestments of the past in order to support the hazard and waste reduction mission that the site has. ...
BT not investing enough in Openreach, MPs say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 08:52:59 AM
....BT is failing to invest properly in broadband infrastructure and should be broken up unless it spends more money to improve the service, according to a committee of MPs. In a report published on Tuesday, the culture, media and sport select committee said BT’s underinvestment in its Openreach broadband infrastructure division could amount to hundreds of millions of pounds a year. ...
When sky-high repair bills can make right to buy the wrong choice image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of May 2016 05:59:26 AM
....”. A statement from Lambeth council admits there has been “historic underinvestment” in housing stock, but says it is investing now. ...
The Guardian view on the state and the market: the end of ‘hands-off’ economics | Editorial image
.... Yet his agenda has been vindicated. It is no longer radical to observe that the short-term sweating of assets for quick profits, over-gearing and underinvestment, avoidance of taxes, poverty wages and job insecurity are symptoms of a disease that limits the shrinks the nation’s economic potential. ...
The Guardian view on the state and the market: the end of ‘hands-off’ economics | Editorial image
.... Yet his agenda has been vindicated. It is no longer radical to observe that the short-term sweating of assets for quick profits, over-gearing and underinvestment, avoidance of taxes, poverty wages and job insecurity are symptoms of a disease that limits the shrinks the nation’s economic potential. ...
A Port Talbot buyout could transform industrial relations in the UK | Ian Greenwood image
.... For the UK steel industry capital investment is a major challenge. Tata, to its credit, attempted to address the long history of underinvestment in the industry. ...
BT’s ‘no broadband’ service cost me £30 a month image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of March 2016 07:00:27 AM
.... It is refusing to pay anything for the time you spent dealing with this incident and the huge impact on your ability to work. We receive large numbers of complaints about Openreach, amid much national concern about underinvestment and whether the company is run in the interests of shareholders rather than the customer. ...
Households face higher energy bills under new plan to keep the lights on image
.... . Capacity Market reforms aim to tackle underinvestment & deliver energy infrastructure needed https://t. ...
What will Ofcom's review of BT's cable network mean for broadband users? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of February 2016 12:29:33 PM
....Customers, who include large firms such as TalkTalk and Sky, have suffered a range of problems, from installation delays, to eye-watering costs for laying cables to connect them to the outside world. Competitors say this is down to underinvestment by BT, because it has an effective monopoly. ...
Openreach and BT errors see customers charged tens of thousands to connect image
....Next month Ofcom is expected to publish its views on whether splitting Openreach from BT would be the best way to improve competition. The price that BT charges its competitors to use the network is regulated, but the company has been accused of underinvestment and poor customer service. ...
Millions of broadband customers in UK 'suffer dire internet speeds' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of January 2016 02:06:34 PM
....It is the first report by the British Infrastructure Group (BIG) set up by Shapps. He wrote: “With the UK economy now so reliant on its internet infrastructure, this BIG report contends that our future is being held back by systemic underinvestment stemming from the ‘natural monopoly’ of BT and Openreach. ...
BT 'should sell broadband service' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 23rd of January 2016 01:26:32 AM
.... . Mr Shapps said underinvestment stemming from the "natural monopoly" of BT and Openreach was holding the UK back and costing the economy £11bn a year. ...
Rail system 'more popular than ever' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of January 2016 02:26:29 PM
....Punctuality has been poor in recent years. We've got a Victorian network, ravaged by decades of underinvestment, which is only now being put right and is, understandably, struggling to squeeze in record numbers of people. ...
Clive Selley named new BT Openreach boss image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 12:28:44 PM
....Rivals such as Sky and TalkTalk say Openreach, which owns the “last mile” of fibre and copper wire to customers’ homes, gives BT an unfair advantage . The price BT charges its competitors to use the network is regulated, but it has been accused of underinvestment and poor customer service, hampering rivals. ...
Marks & Spencer chief's dash for the door is perfectly timed image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 08:03:29 PM
.... He made a mistake at the outset by saying M&S could be rewired into “a truly international, multichannel retailer” within three years and had to abandon his sales targets within 12 months. But the level of past underinvestment at M&S also became apparent. ...
Marks & Spencer chief leaves mixed legacy after six years at the helm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 02:19:27 PM
.... He made a mistake at the outset by saying M&S could be rewired into “a truly international, multichannel retailer” within three years and had to abandon his overambitious sales targets after just 12 months. But the level of past underinvestment at M&S also became apparent. ...
UK's coal plants to close by 2025 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of November 2015 02:14:27 AM
.... CCS has long been mooted as the answer to cleaning up coal plants, but very little progress has been made in developing the technology, with just one commercial scale plant currently operating in the world. Currently, coal provides about a quarter of the UK's electricity, but Ms Rudd said: "We are tackling a legacy of underinvestment and ageing power stations which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money and help to reduce emissions. ...
UK coal plants must close by 2025, Amber Rudd announces image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of November 2015 12:01:23 AM
....First good bit of green policy news since the election: UK's #coal fired power plants will all shut by 2025 with restricted hours from 2023. She said there had been "woeful underinvestment in critical energy infrastructure over the last decade" and defended a new dash for gas, insisting the Government remained "absolutely committed" to its carbon emissions reductions targets. ...
UK to close all coal power plants in switch to gas and nuclear image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of November 2015 12:01:01 AM
.... The government wanted a “consumer-led, competition-focused energy system that has energy security at the heart of it”, she said, adding that the balance had swung too far in favour of climate change policies at the expense of keeping energy affordable. “We are tackling a legacy of underinvestment and ageing power stations, which we need to replace with alternatives that are reliable, good value for money, and help to reduce our emissions. ...
Marks & Spencer launches 'personalised' loyalty card image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 10:21:40 AM
....Its 2m “brand ambassadors” – predominantly shareholders and holders of its credit and debit cards – will be invited to apply for the card on Thursday online and via an app, before it is launched nationwide in store on 22 October. The launch of Sparks follows the billions of pounds spent by the chief executive of M&S, Marc Bolland, on the redesign of products, stores, supply chain logistics and the firm’s website to address decades of underinvestment. ...
Sky delivers ultrafast broadband to York image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 26th of September 2015 06:03:35 PM
. Sky is poised to connect the first home in York to its new ultrafast fibre-optic network for the city, as it seeks to highlight what it claims is underinvestment by BT in the national broadband infrastructure. ...
Veteran City investor hopes to power up Africa image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 6th of September 2015 04:47:55 PM
.... . Many foreign investors have recently taken an interest in the continent, following years of underinvestment into Africa’s power infrastructure. ...
Central banks can do nothing more to insulate us from an Asian winter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of September 2015 08:00:03 AM
.... The ECB and the Japanese central bank are still quantitatively easing; and the Bank of England and the Fed are yet to raise rates, seven years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Whatever the diagnosis for the less-than-impressive post-crisis recovery – the debt overhang from the boom years, chronic underinvestment, weak consumer demand as a result of deep-seated inequality, or some other as yet undiagnosed economic disease – the cure is unlikely to lie with the central banks. ...
Co-op Group back on track image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of September 2015 09:39:00 PM
....3billion loss in 2013. It is now modernising the business after years of underinvestment. ...
Co-operative Group profit rises but investment drive will dent full-year earnings image
.... Pennycook said the money had been spent on improving the look of existing stores as well as on 35 new convenience stores, IT systems and 10 new funeral homes. Pennycook said the Co-op would spend up to £350m in capital expenditure by the year end as it continued to modernise the business after years of underinvestment. ...
The decades-old tension threatening to rip Europe apart image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 28th of August 2015 02:09:23 PM
.... Germany was prepared to bend its ordoliberal principles to pay for reunification  Photo: Reuters. Germany has a balanced budget but is suffering from chronic underinvestment; it’s unemployment rate is half the European average, but this masks poor productivity and stagnant wages; it boasts a quarter of the all the continent’s exports, but has been lucky to produce exactly the products that China has most needed through its most pyrotechnical period of growth – something that is at risk now that China’s economy is slowing down and the balance of its consumption is shifting from goods to services. ...
Co-op Bank in the red until 2017 image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 20th of August 2015 09:36:00 PM
....2million from £77million the previous year. As well as suffering losses on disposals of non-core assets, the bank also increased its spending to £102million on projects to address previous underinvestment. ...
Labour’s desire to renationalise railways would fail passengers image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of August 2015 10:48:33 PM
.... Punctuality is at a record high and Britain can now boast the safest railways in Europe. BR’s safety record was lamentable and regional routes were often ignored and suffered chronic underinvestment. ...
Are shareholders taking too big a bite of the profits apple? image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of July 2015 01:12:44 AM
.... By reducing their future productive capacity, these companies “are almost eating themselves”. He also suggested that this underinvestment by listed firms is part of the explanation for “subpar” global economic growth in recent years. ...
TalkTalk shares hit in crossfire between BT and Sky image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of July 2015 07:50:51 AM
.... . Lady Harding dismissed claims by Gavin Patterson, the chief executive of BT, that an attempt to split his company would lead to a decade of litigation and underinvestment in Britain’s internet infrastructure as “a lot of bluster”. ...
Resistance isn’t futile – just get to know your enemy better image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of July 2015 06:00:05 AM
.... That’s more than will be killed by cancer, diarrhoeal disease or road traffic accidents. One of the reasons drug discovery is so hard, Cooper says, is that it has suffered underinvestment since the late 70s. ...
Oil prices bounce on Iran deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of July 2015 10:23:11 AM
....". Edward Morse, global head of commodities research at Citi in New York, said that after years of underinvestment there would be a long delay before exports reached their full potential. ...
Government unveils sweeping plan to tackle 'economic challenge of our age' image
.... The group will report to the government by the end of the year. Osborne has embraced plans submitted by Prof Alison Wolf to reverse a trend of employer underinvestment in training by imposing a compulsory training levy on employers. ...
BT calls for Ofcom action on Sky image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 9th of July 2015 04:18:08 PM
....". They added: "This looks like an attempt to deflect attention from the real problems that exist in broadband, where consumers are suffering because of BT's underinvestment and there is concern about competition in the future. ...
'Two-tier growth' threatens UK's long-term economic health, warns BCC image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of July 2015 04:00:15 AM
.... Mr Longworth said the sector faced three structural problems hampering Britain’s performance. “First, chronic underinvestment, exuberated by lack of capital and lack of long-term incentive. ...
UK faces ‘two-tier’ growth image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of July 2015 12:01:00 AM
....“But the difference in results also raises the prospect of the UK experiencing two-tier growth, with modest expansion in services and markedly slower growth in manufacturing and goods. “We have three structural problems that are hurting our manufacturers and growth companies – chronic underinvestment, exacerbated by lack of capital and lack of long-term incentive, underinvestment in infrastructure and insufficient focus on helping more businesses succeed in new markets overseas. ...
Why I like the new Los Angeles Clippers logo, even if I'm the only one image
.... Just a year ago, the team was drowning under decades of awful basketball and a headline-grabbing racial scandal. Donald Sterling, who owned the team for three decades, was accused of underinvestment and had a reputation for disdaining his fans and his players. ...
Network Rail funding gap puts brake on five-year plan, ministers admit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 24th of June 2015 07:03:05 PM
....The Treasury is understood to have sought ways to restructure Network Rail, something McLoughlin refused to rule out in the House of Commons, although the government has backed the company’s chief executive, Mark Carne, to improve Network Rail’s performance. Network Rail has said it has “recognised the scale of the challenge” but argues that it operates the safest passenger network in Europe and that the railway is now more reliable than ever following previous underinvestment. ...
James Ashton: Price RBS right and the State will sell it. But we have been warned image
.... Where its balance-sheet defences have been built up at great expense, its resistance to cyber attack looks flimsy. It is a story not unfamiliar across the rest of the industry: occasional IT outages act as a reminder that high street lenders are struggling to cope after years of underinvestment, just as consumers are being asked to put more faith in technology. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of June 2015 11:18:32 AM
....If the trials go well, "Sparks" could be launched in the autumn. The move follows the billions of pounds spent by M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland on the redesign of products, stores, supply chain logistics and the firm's website to address decades of underinvestment in the 131-year-old business. ...
Solar power to the people: how the sun can ease Africa's electricity crisis image
.... The continent’s power utilities are notoriously inefficient. This is partly down to mispricing and underinvestment. ...
Jim O’Neill is the right man to kickstart Northern powerhouse image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 15th of May 2015 05:20:39 PM
.... . According to the RSA City Growth Commission, which Mr O’Neill led, the economy saw 5pc less growth per year between 2000 and 2010 as a result of underinvestment outside London. ...
Economist Jim O'Neill joins Treasury image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 14th of May 2015 04:51:49 PM
....A Cities Devolution Bill will be in the Queen's Speech later this month. Mr O'Neill is chairman of the RSA City Growth Commission, which claimed the economy has seen 5% less growth per year between 2000 and 2010 as a result of "chronic" underinvestment outside London. ...
Bank of England cuts growth forecast image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of May 2015 10:23:27 AM
.... . "He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role. ...
Bank of England Inflation Report: Mark Carney unveils new economic forecasts - as it happened image
.... The Bank of England has downgraded its growth outlook, and Mark Carney has put poor productivity right at the centre of the story. He may have put part of the productivity disappointment of recent years down to a disproportionate pick-up in low-productivity jobs, but he has also admitted that underinvestment has played a role. ...
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of April 2015 11:00:14 AM
....It has previously suggested the economy may have as much as 1. 5% spare capacity, meaning the economy is performing below its potential because of a lack of productivity in the workplace and underinvestment by business. ...
Labour knows it cannot risk being dragged into war with business image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of April 2015 09:20:51 AM
....Even in the ex-New Labour wing of the party represented best by the Policy Network thinktank funded by Lord Sainsbury, there is an acknowledgement that Blair was too tolerant to business and did not intervene enough. Writing in Progressive Capitalism in Britain, published last month, Labour thinkers Patrick Diamond and Lord Liddle said: “The Blair/Brown economic legacy was one of underinvestment in key infrastructure, notably transport and energy; a continuing decline in the share of manufacturing in the economy contributing to a structural balance of payments deficit exacerbated by an overvalued pound; an accelerating regional economic divide; and a speculative property and construction boom financing public and private consumption through high levels of government and household debt. ...
Only one city in the world is more sustainable than London image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 9th of February 2015 09:21:16 AM
.... . “For years London has suffered from underinvestment in its infrastructure and is struggling to meet the demands of the existing population, let alone the impact of growth. ...
Heathrow offers a legacy worthy of the Victorians image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 31st of January 2015 04:36:43 PM
.... According to Standard and Poor’s, the UK would experience the greatest economic benefit from increased public spending on infrastructure than any other major world economy, second only to Brazil. This might confirm the belief of many that there have been decades of underinvestment. ...
UK air traffic chaos not caused by underinvestment, says Nats image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 15th of December 2014 02:15:05 PM
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Inequality 'significantly' curbs economic growth - OECD image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of December 2014 02:51:16 AM
....The OECD called for policymakers to do more than just implement anti-poverty programmes. "Policy also needs to confront the historical legacy of underinvestment by low income groups in formal education," it said. ...
Comment: Osborne's Northern promise may be a cynical vote grabber but it's needed image
....The refrain "it's grim up North" is more than simply a maxim used by Southern bourgeoisie to scoff at anywhere north of Watford, it has more than a ring of truth to it. Decades of underinvestment, neglect and a brain drain to the South have seen huge swathes of the North suffering from large-scale unemployment and a plethora of associated social problems. ...
Ask the boss: Dawn of new era for Co-operative image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Saturday 6th of December 2014 12:00:00 AM
....Under its Co-operative Retail chief executive Steve Murrells, the 2,800-strong chain of food stores is being revitalised, leaving superstore sites and opening 80 to 100 smaller stores a year. A supermarket industry lifer, with a spell running a major food supplier, Murrells, 49, was brought into the group in 2012 to get its shops back on track after years of underinvestment left them trailing the pack a distant fifth. ...
Osborne’s surplus will be year late, warns EY image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 30th of November 2014 09:27:35 PM
MORNING MEETING: M&S profit shock is not just any profit shock image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 6th of November 2014 12:00:00 AM
....The latest figures reveal a similar pattern – solid food performance but clothing sales still in decline and an underwhelming albeit less negative contribution from its revamped website. Efficiency gains will likely buy Bolland time in his attempts to revive the clothing operation and reverse years of underinvestment and management taking for granted the company’s pre-eminent position. ...
South Africans face rolling power blackouts after coal silo collapse image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of November 2014 04:52:12 PM
....Last month, the national Treasury announced it would inject R20bn ($1. 8bn) into Eskom, but some analysts say that is nowhere near enough to reverse years of underinvestment and lack of maintenance of the power infrastructure. ...
Hamish McRae: Despite the danger of deflation, cheaper energy is a bonus to the world image
.... But looking simply at the economic impact, it is pretty clear that US industry as a whole is benefiting greatly from access to cheaper power than its competitors in the rest of the world, while its chemical industries are helped by cheaper feed-stocks. Part of that benefit is temporary in the sense that it is a function of underinvestment in gas technology. ...
Professional and want a big pay rise? Here are the jobs you need to be in image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of October 2014 04:00:25 AM
....4pc to average of £31,250 - £72,000 . Years of underinvestment and advances in technology means companies now feel confident enough - or are being forced to as networks buckle under the load - spend on new IT. ...
Wind farms outstrip nuclear power image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of October 2014 11:07:59 PM
.... . "We're preventing a predicted energy crunch by turning round a legacy of underinvestment and neglect. ...
A challenging start for LME Week as brokers revise down forecasts image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 20th of October 2014 05:00:38 AM
.... “Much of the past year in commodity markets has been spent considering the impact of strong supply growth, which has certainly been the case across all of metals, bulks, energy and agriculture. This is now factored in across most sectors, with prices trading below cost of production and continuing to drive underinvestment in future supply growth options and slowing future growth rates, if not full scale displacement of existing capacity. ...
Pizza Express entrepreneur Hugh Osmond buys Strada restaurants image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 28th of September 2014 04:00:45 PM
.... “I miss them deeply,” he said. Strada “is a very good brand, and despite a long period of underinvestment has held up pretty well. ...
Top investors: why we've put AA shares in the tank image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of September 2014 06:15:22 AM
.... . Mr Woodford said last month: "Over recent years the AA has suffered from underinvestment and having too much debt but after its flotation it is in a good place to capitalise on, and make the most of, the strength of its brand. ...
Tesco shares drop on profit warning image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 29th of August 2014 07:01:43 AM
....Another analyst said Tesco's main problem was customer satisfaction. "It started declining before Terry Leahy left as CEO due to underinvestment in staff and stores and continued throughout Phil Clarke's tenure, reaching record lows today," said Marc de Speville, founder of the supermarket consultancy Strategic Food Retail. ...
George Osborne: The north will be a 'powerhouse' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 4th of August 2014 11:01:04 PM
.... . Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council said: “The current constraints on our transport networks, the product of years of neglect and underinvestment, affect the competitiveness of the north. ...
Investment in UK renewable energy sector almost £8bn in 2013 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of July 2014 03:57:55 PM
....Davey said: "Our plan is powering growth and jobs in the UK economy. We are building a secure, sustainable energy system for the future, dealing with an historic legacy of underinvestment and neglect that threatened to undermine the whole economy. ...
North's outdated infrastructure costs UK billions image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of July 2014 11:02:56 PM
....The UK loses billions of pounds every year because of poor investment in transport and broadband, according to a new report. The RSA City Growth Commission claims the economy has seen 5% less growth per year between 2000 and 2010 as a result of "chronic" underinvestment outside London. ...
Network Rail hit with £50m fine over late trains as Treasury pledges to use money for Wi-Fi image
....". Mr Carne continued: "The industry is now benefiting from significant funding but there remain challenges following many decades of underinvestment. ...
Auditors probe £16bn green energy contracts image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 27th of June 2014 05:19:09 AM
....The government goes further, saying these projects will provide an extra £12bn of private investment, will support 8,500 jobs and add up to 5% of low carbon capacity to the energy mix. A DECC spokesperson said: "The government has been dealing with a legacy of underinvestment and neglect in our energy system, meaning we've needed to drive through reforms to secure investment in new generation to keep the lights on in the years and decades ahead while decarbonising our electricity supplies, and getting the best possible deal for consumers. ...
No wage rises until jobless rate falls to 5% says MPC member  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 18th of June 2014 02:46:14 PM
....5% of spare capacity in the UK economy, but Dr Weale's remarks suggest that could be as high as 2%. Spare capacity most often stems from underinvestment by businesses. ...

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