The economy

Retailers post record sales growth

Retail sales quantities rose 2.6 per cent in December 2013 compared with the previous month, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics.

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Inflation falls to two per cent

The consumer prices index (CPI) measure of inflation dropped to two per cent in December 2013, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced.

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UK production flat in November

Total UK production was unchanged in the month to November 2013, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Record growth for online sales

Internet sales of non-food goods grew by 19.2 per cent in December 2013 when compared with December 2012, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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Businesses in Northern Ireland confident for 2014

Businesses in Northern Ireland are showing increased confidence for the year ahead, according to a survey by the Northern Ireland Chambers of Commerce.

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Survey shows optimism for 2014 growth

Key indicators for the health of the UK's manufacturing and services sectors reached all-time highs in the final quarter of last year, according to a survey by the British Chambers of Commerce.

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UK car sales highest in five years

UK car sales in 2013 recorded their best year since 2007 according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

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Business leaders look ahead to 2014

The UK's leading business organisations have expressed optimism for the year ahead but called on the Government to introduce new measures to ensure that the most is made of the early signs of economic recovery.

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UK economy strongest in Europe by 2030

The UK will overtake Germany and France to be Europe’s strongest economy by 2030, according to predictions from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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Retail sales up 0.3 per cent in November

British retail sales rose by 0.3 per cent in November but were flat over the last three months, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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