Current Affairs

2012 to offer golden opportunities to businesses

The year ahead will offer golden opportunities for some businesses, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has said.

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UK economy grows faster than expected

UK gross domestic product (GDP) increased by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter of 2011, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

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Christmas boost for shops but spending will leave Brits in the red

Retail sales grew in the first two weeks in December as Christmas shoppers took to the high streets.

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Latest mortgage market reforms revealed

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has revealed the latest proposals of its Mortgage Market Review in a bid to prevent a return to the risky mortgage lending seen during the boom.

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Winter weather could tip businesses into insolvency

A return of the severe winter weather seen last year could tip some businesses into insolvency, research from R3: The voice of business recovery, has found.

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UK manufacturing weakens as Euro crisis hits exports

Manufacturing in the UK is stuttering, as export orders slow due to the European crisis, a survey from the CBI has revealed.

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Inflation falls back to 4.8% but continues to push UK into debt

Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation fell back to 4.8 per cent in November, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

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Don't put all your Christmas shopping in one basket

Shoppers are being urged to spread their Christmas shopping between online and the high street to avoid disappointment.

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Bank keeps interest rates at 0.5% while Eurozone plot thickens

The Bank of England kept monetary policy the same yesterday, meaning that interest rates remained at 0.5 per cent, and the quantitative easing programme at £275 billion.

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Credit crunch caused surge in business closures

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) demonstrate the effects that the credit crunch had on businesses.

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