The economy

Small firms want the Budget to tackle the deficit

Two new surveys have revealed that large numbers of smaller businesses regard the reduction of the national debt as a priority for the emergency Budget.

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A New Budget: 22 June 2010

Business welcomes coalition government

The business community has broadly welcomed the formation of the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat government as an important step towards offering stability and certainty.

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Unemployment shows marked rise

The number of people out of work in the UK climbed by 53,000 in the first quarter of the year.

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General election result leaves smaller firms uneasy

A substantial number of small businesses would like to see another general election six months from now in the hope it will produce a clearer mandate for one party to govern, a new poll has suggested.

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Manufacturers see surge in output

Industrial production grew by 2 per cent in March, suggesting that the overall economy may be recovering at a faster rate than previously predicted.

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