The economy

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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Budget 2010: the economy

A significant focus of the Budget centred on the state of the UK economy, caught, as it is, between a massive government deficit and a still hesitant business recovery.

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Increasing VAT could 'hit' the recovery

Pushing up the rate of VAT in order to tackle the budget deficit could have a detrimental impact on the economic recovery, a new study has claimed.

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Recovery predicted to be slow

The UK’s economic recovery will be “sluggish” this year and may not gain real momentum until the middle of 2011, the CBI has forecast.

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Cold weather puts freeze on business

The business climate for smaller firms suffered as a result of the extremely cold winter, a new report has suggested.

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Firms look to marketing to drive business

Increasing numbers of smaller businesses are boosting their sales and marketing efforts in order to speed recovery in the aftermath of the recession, a new study has found.

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