Current Affairs

Car insurance premiums up 15% in a year

Car insurance premiums increased by more than 15 per cent over 2011, the latest figures from the AA have revealed.

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Record levels of self-employed through necessity

Self-employment hit record levels in the autumn of 2011, accounting for 14.2 per cent of total employment, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed.

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Inflation continues its falling streak to 4.2%

Inflation has continued to fall, and the Consumer Prices Index now stands at 4.2 per cent, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.

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UK economy 'probably already in recession'

The UK economy is probably already in recession, according to senior economists at the Centre for economics and business research (Cebr).

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Bank urged to inject more cash into economy

The Bank of England should be bold and increase the Quantitative Easing (QE) programme by a further £50 billion, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

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Gas and electricity prices fall

The UK's largest energy providers have all announced a drop in energy bills this week.

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Small businesses raise Olympic concerns

The Olympics may not have the positive effect that was promised according to a number of small businesses.

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All the economy needs is an environment that puts business first

It is only business that can create recovery in the current economic climate, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has claimed.

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Surprise growth for service providers

The service sector saw 'surprisingly buoyant' business conditions in December, according to the latest figures from Markit/CIPs.

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Manufacturing advisory service launches as industry growth slumps

The Government has launched a national programme to help small and medium manufacturing businesses to grow.

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