The economy

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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Northern Ireland unemployment figure rises

The number of unemployed people in Northern Ireland increased by 5,000 to 65,000 between August and October, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

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Inflation drops to 2.1 per cent

The consumer prices index rate of inflation fell to 2.1 per cent in November, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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SME population hits six year high

The number of small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK reached a six-year high of 2.16 million in 2013, according to the National Association for Commercial Finance Brokers.

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Earnings rise slower than inflation

Average UK earnings have risen slower than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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