The economy

What the political parties are promising

With the election looming, the main political parties have outlined what they intend to do on business support and tax.

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Sharp increase in number of jobs

The labour market is enjoying a rapid rate of expansion, a new survey has revealed.

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Threat of double-dip recession fades

The UK economy seems to have sidestepped the dangers of a double-dip recession but still faces many risks, a new study has claimed.

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Surge in manufacturing output raises hopes for recovery

Activity in the UK’s manufacturing sector expanded at its fastest rate since 1994, a new survey has revealed.

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Credit still proving elusive for smaller businesses

Figures released by the Bank of England have suggested that small firms are continuing to experience some difficulties in securing loans from the banks.

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Consumer confidence shows a slide

Consumer confidence in the economy dipped last month.

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Economy emerged from recession at slightly faster rate

The UK economy grew more than had been previously estimated in the final quarter of 2009, new official figures have revealed.

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Budget 2010: business reaction

Business groups have greeted the Budget with a guarded welcome. But while the measures designed to help businesses were applauded, doubts were expressed about the lack of a detailed plan for tackling the budget deficit.

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Budget 2010: an overview

“This will be a Budget to secure the recovery, tackle borrowing and invest in our industrial future” was how the Chancellor, Alistair Darling summed up the last Budget before the next general election.

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