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UK recovery 'takes hold'

12/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter The UK recovery has taken hold according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney. In the same week that inflation fell to 2.1%, and the rate of unemployment hit a three year low of 7.6%, the Bank's quarterly inflation report raised the forecast for UK economic growth this year... read more


 

Global trade map

11/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter Fifteen years ago China's growth was led by exports, mainly to Western countries eager for its low-cost goods. Now investment and consumption in China is a major driver of growth, and imports have risen sharply giving a greater balance to its trade. China is importing steel, cement, minerals... read more


 

International investment

11/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter A new one-stop-shop has been set up to help international investors identify and fund regeneration opportunities in the UK. The Prime Minister made the announcement in his speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet last night. The Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO) will be administered by UK Trade and Investment, with an... read more


 

EU-US free-trade deal

10/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter Talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are set to begin a second round of negotiations. The talks, between the EU and US, could create the world's biggest free-trade deal. Originally set for October, but postponed because of the US government shutdown, relations have become strained after claims... read more


 

Increasing export market

10/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter Around a third (31%) of Britain’s small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that currently export goods and services believe the international export market is riskier than it was last year, according to Zurich’s latest quarterly SME Risk Index report. The survey, conducted by YouGov, shows that only 5%... read more


 

Open to Export: Russia

10/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter The Business Secretary is in Russia today (Monday) on a trade visit with over 30 British companies to boost the fast growing economic links between the two countries. Between 2009 and 2012, exports of goods and services to Russia have grown by over 75 per cent from £4.3 billion... read more


 

French credit rating

07/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter France has had its credit rating downgraded from AA+ to AA by Standard and Poor's (S&P). The news comes two years after France lost its top-rated AAA rating and comes because high unemployment in the country was making it hard for the government to make important reforms which would... read more


 

Trade deficit September

07/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the gap between imports and exports of goods was at its widest for almost a year in September. The ONS said the goods trade deficit widened to £9.816 billion, compared with £9.557 billion in August. Including services, in which... read more


 

Emerging market growth

06/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter The HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly indicator derived from the PMI surveys, signalled the fastest rise in output in seven months in October. At 51.7, the EMI remained well below its long-run trend level of 54.0. But the latest figure represented an improvement on the trend... read more


 

Euro Money Market Survey

06/11/2013

By Daniel Hunter The European Central Bank (ECB) is publishing the results of the Euro Money Market Survey 2013, which highlights the main developments in the euro money market in the second quarter of 2013, comparing them with those in the second quarter of 2012. The results of this year's survey,... read more