The economy

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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General Election 2010: sterling and shares register initial fall

The FTSE 100 index slid to its lowest mark for three months and the pound slipped against the euro and the dollar following election results that mean no single party is capable of forming a majority government.

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General Election 2010: business reaction

The prospect of a hung Parliament has prompted concerns among some in the business community that the political uncertainty may hinder the economic recovery.

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General Election 2010: a hung Parliament

With no party capable of commanding an overall majority in the House of Commons, here is a brief recapitulation of what each of the main parties has promised on business, tax and the economy.

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Recruitment remains strong

Both permanent and temporary staff appointments rose during April, a new report has revealed.

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Weak pound offers boost to the economy

Sterling’s weakness has provided UK firms with a timely boost, new figures have suggested.

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Small firms in export surge

Smaller businesses are enjoying an export-led boost, new figures have indicated.

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Business must be at 'centre' of recovery

The new government must make business central to its economic plans, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has argued.

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