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Brexit will not affect your summer holiday to the EU, Britons told18h Brexit will not affect your summer holiday to the EU, Britons told
The travel industry is trying to reassure tourists that their summer holidays won't be affected by the UK's departure from the European Union.
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UK channels aid budget as it seeks closer ties with Africa post-Brexit19h UK channels aid budget as it seeks closer ties with Africa post-Brexit
£395m trade boost is aimed at countering China’s spending on the continent Britain has unveiled plans to channel part of the £14bn aid budget through the City as it seeks to exploit the global reach of the finance sector to boost investment in Africa. Details of the £395m package were announced by the international development secretary, Alok Sharma, ahead of a high-level UK-Africa investment summit next Monday.
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Builder Taylor Wimpey posts a 5% sales rise  14 Jan 5:40pm Builder Taylor Wimpey posts a 5% sales rise 
The housebuilder said the market had remained stable in 2019 despite Brexit uncertainty, with the number of homes the company sold rising 5 per cent to 15,719.
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Total to move financial hub from London to Paris after Brexit 14 Jan 8:47am Updated Total to move financial hub from London to Paris after Brexit
French oil giant will ‘bring cash back to Paris’ along with 60-70 jobs The French oil company Total plans to pull its cash out of the UK after Brexit and return its financial hub to Paris in a show of faith in Europe, according to its chief executive. Patrick Pouyanné announced plans for Total to move its central treasury, including between 60 and 70 jobs, back to the “
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MARKET REPORT: Builders hitting the right note as uncertainty clears 13 Jan 4:53pm MARKET REPORT: Builders hitting the right note as uncertainty clears
In a note entitled 'I Can See Clearly Now The Rain Has Gone', City broker Peel Hunt said the Election provided more certainty over Brexit, a swing factor for sentiment driving new home sales.
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Economy grew at weakest annual pace for seven years in November 13 Jan 4:31am Economy grew at weakest annual pace for seven years in November
The economy grew at its weakest annual rate since 2012 in November amid political chaos over Brexit, official figures show.
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Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he? 12 Jan 2:00am Johnson can now deliver a ‘Brexit in name only’. Will he?
If the PM were the one nation Tory he claims to be, he would – and should – choose to keep Britain aligned with the EUI have occasionally referred over the years to a parody of an editorial which a group of us at the
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Airbus set to expand in Britain after Brexit 9 Jan 4:51pm Airbus set to expand in Britain after Brexit
Chief exec Guillaume Faury said the firm was 'committed' to the UK, where it employs 13,500, including 6,000 workers at its plant in Broughton, Flintshire, where it makes the wings for all its jets.
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EU chief warns PM full Brexit trade deal not possible before deadline 8 Jan 7:57am EU chief warns PM full Brexit trade deal not possible before deadline
It will not be possible to sort out every aspect of Britain's future relationship with the EU before the current deadline, the president of the European Commission has said.
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7 Jan 8:56am Indian firms are seeking to benefit from Brexit
Indian firms are seeking Brexit benefits as EU countries lobby them to move to their countries.
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Budget 2020: what will Sajid Javid target? 7 Jan 8:27am Budget 2020: what will Sajid Javid target?
The chancellor’s priorities in the UK’s first budget after Brexit, from tax to services Sajid Javid has
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Northern Ireland firms could seek £100m Brexit compensation 6 Jan 9:46am Northern Ireland firms could seek £100m Brexit compensation
Business leaders say they should not have to pay extra costs due to policy ‘people here did not vote for’
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UK services sector rebounds as Brexit uncertainty falls 6 Jan 6:16am UK services sector rebounds as Brexit uncertainty falls
Survey finds optimism rising among hotels, restaurants, transport and City companies The UK service sector rebounded in December as business optimism jumped in the wake of Boris Johnson’s
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Brexit: Boris Johnson to open trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen 6 Jan 4:23am Brexit: Boris Johnson to open trade talks with Ursula von der Leyen
Prime minister also intends to press his Brexit bill through Commons in three days Boris Johnson will host the president of the European commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen, in Downing Street this week as he prepares to take Britain out of the EU at the end of this month, kicking off
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UK car sales fall to six-year low amid Brexit and diesel slump 6 Jan 2:48am UK car sales fall to six-year low amid Brexit and diesel slump
Sales of electric vehicles rising, but average CO2 emissions increasing, says SMMT The British car industry suffered twin disappointments in 2019, with car sales falling to a six-year low and average carbon dioxide emissions increasing further above new regulatory limits. UK car sales fell by 2.3% year on year in 2019 to about 2.3m, according to preliminary figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, with the industry body blaming Brexit uncertainty and the slump in diesel sales as the main factors.
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Another groundhog year of Brexit will usher in a decade of disruption | Richard Partington 5 Jan 9:22am Another groundhog year of Brexit will usher in a decade of disruption | Richard Partington
Britain will be seeking to reboot productivity and redefine its place in a rapidly-changing world At the outset of the 2020s, the UK economy embarks on a new decade with little momentum. Growth has stalled, not least because Brexit uncertainty and a slowdown in the global economy has served as a handbrake on business investment. Meanwhile, consumers have begun tightening their belts and the job market boom of the past decade has petered out. For at least the duration of 2020 another groundhog year awaits thanks to the ongoing
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End to Brexit uncertainty should see demand for cars in the UK rise 3 Jan 2:11pm Updated End to Brexit uncertainty should see demand for cars in the UK rise
In a survey of more than 3,000 motorists, more than one in six said they the decisive result of December's General Election has unlocked their confidence to make big purchases, such as cars.
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UK manufacturing shrinks amidst fears over election, Brexit and a weakening demand for goods 3 Jan 4:04am UK manufacturing shrinks amidst fears over election, Brexit and a weakening demand for goods
UK manufacturing shrank at its fastest pace in almost seven-and-a-half years as businesses reel from political and economic uncertainty, a survey suggests.
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MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Computer gamer leads the winners in our 2019 tips 2 Jan 6:51am Updated MIDAS SHARE TIPS: Computer gamer leads the winners in our 2019 tips
What a momentous year 2019 has been! Almost the entire year was dominated by incessant wrangling over Brexit. Politicians prevaricated and the country suffered.
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What will 2020 bring for investors? UK remains unloved in Brexit era 2 Jan 5:32am Updated What will 2020 bring for investors? UK remains unloved in Brexit era
Brexit is set to dominate UK market performance again in 2020. But the path forward is far clearer following the Tory election win, if not the full economic consequences of our EU departure.
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US election, Brexit and China to sway the markets in 2020 1 Jan 7:16am US election, Brexit and China to sway the markets in 2020
Investors expect a strong year but the presidential race and trade wars could spring nasty surprises
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What you need to know about pensions in 2020: Brexit, social care and tax 31 Dec 2019, 4:23am Updated What you need to know about pensions in 2020: Brexit, social care and tax
The newly re-elected Government now has a majority that gives it the opportunity to solve major issues affecting retirement finances. Here's what you need to know.
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Optimism among small UK businesses slumps to eight-year low 30 Dec 2019, 1:01am Optimism among small UK businesses slumps to eight-year low
FSB survey, taken before general election, shows few exporters expecting a pick-up After a year dogged by Brexit deadlock, political uncertainty and
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Boris boost for equity funds as almost £4bn is invested after election 29 Dec 2019, 6:27pm Updated Boris boost for equity funds as almost £4bn is invested after election
Analysts said certainty around Brexit had been restored following the decisive Conservative victory earlier this month. It was the strongest wave of investment since the second half of 2015.
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Top financial resolutions if you want a prosperous new year 29 Dec 2019, 3:00am Top financial resolutions if you want a prosperous new year
With Brexit rumbling on and economic challenges ahead, here are some suggestions for making the best of 2020A year of political chaos, continued low interest rates, mushrooming online fraud, a weak pound and collapsing travel companies has meant that 2019 was 12 months that many will want to forget. As Brexit dominated the political agenda, there appeared to be little time for anything else from the government. But will 2020 be any different, and will promises in the Queen’s speech that there will be an end to no-fault evictions, and no rises in VAT, income tax and national insurance, be borne out?
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A year of growth, strong markets and trade deals, they claim. And if it all goes wrong? 29 Dec 2019, 2:15am A year of growth, strong markets and trade deals, they claim. And if it all goes wrong?
Brexit is going ahead, the WTO has lost its teeth and the climate crisis is worsening. But some say 2020 will be benignThe year that is just coming to an end was the nearly year. There was nearly a global recession. There was nearly a full-blown trade war between the US and China. And Britain nearly left the European Union. In the event, none of things happened and 2019 will go down in history as one of those that are soon forgotten. Unless, of course, it proves to be like 1913, one of those when – in retrospect, at least – it is possible to see the signs of a perfect storm brewing.
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‘Get Brexit done’? We’re not allowed even to mention it | William Keegan 29 Dec 2019, 2:00am ‘Get Brexit done’? We’re not allowed even to mention it | William Keegan
Britain is being urged to ‘move on’ – but the prospect of crashing out after a year is very realA funny thing happened to me last Monday. I was lunching with my friend Sir Samuel Brittan, the great
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UK employment levels at risk due to Brexit and stalling investment 26 Dec 2019, 7:01pm UK employment levels at risk due to Brexit and stalling investment
Labour market is at a turning point according to Resolution Foundation report UK employment could fall in 2020, despite average UK pay being expected to pass its pre-crisis record, economists have said. The labour market is at a turning point, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation. It forecasts that average real pay – allowing for inflation – will surpass the peak it reached in 2008.
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The Guardian view on the Bank of England: new boss, new thinking? | Editorial 23 Dec 2019, 1:35pm The Guardian view on the Bank of England: new boss, new thinking? | Editorial
Brexit, climate change and the next recession mean central banking is in danger of becoming a failed paradigm that needs replacingThe appointment of Andrew Bailey as governor of the Bank of England is a
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Brexit backer Peter Hargreaves receives £10million windfall 23 Dec 2019, 3:06am Updated Brexit backer Peter Hargreaves receives £10million windfall
The co-founder of investment supermarket Hargreaves Lansdown, invested £25million of his £3billion fortune in the Blue Whale Growth Fund, a backer of Silicon Valley technology firms.
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Poll shows highest UK business confidence levels for three years 22 Dec 2019, 7:01pm Poll shows highest UK business confidence levels for three years
Key economic measures swing positive for the first time since Brexit referendum, says IoD Business confidence in the British economy has leaped to its highest level for more than three years following the Conservatives’ election win, according to a survey of company directors. For the first time since spring 2018, firms have become optimistic about the economic outlook, with a key confidence measure swinging into positive territory and hitting 21% in December, up from -18% in November.
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UK smaller company investment trusts and funds could grow big profits 22 Dec 2019, 7:06am Updated UK smaller company investment trusts and funds could grow big profits
Smaller companies and UK-focussed firms have had a weight on their shoulders due to Brexit and political uncertainty and could profit from a change in mood.
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The biggest financial stories of 2019: This is Money podcast 22 Dec 2019, 5:58am Updated The biggest financial stories of 2019: This is Money podcast
Does Woodford trump Brexit and the election, were you more concerned about the wealth gap, or do all those pale into insignificance next to the challenges of climate change?
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All change: UK tries again with new 50p to mark Brexit date 20 Dec 2019, 11:59am All change: UK tries again with new 50p to mark Brexit date
About 1m commemorative coins were melted down when October exit did not take place A new commemorative Brexit 50p coin has been ordered by the government, after the first batch had to be melted down by the Royal Mint because they featured the wrong date. The chancellor, Sajid Javid, originally ordered production of the original Brexit memorial coin earlier this year but around 1m coins
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Bank of England Picks New Governor to Guide It After Brexit 20 Dec 2019, 11:43am Updated Bank of England Picks New Governor to Guide It After Brexit
Andrew Bailey, the head of a financial regulator, will take over the role from Mark Carney.
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UK car manufacturing slump rattles on as production falls 16% in November 20 Dec 2019, 7:29am Updated UK car manufacturing slump rattles on as production falls 16% in November
The SMMT blamed the dip on planned factory closures at Halloween, which had been put in place to mitigate against disruption caused from the potential of a no-deal Brexit on October 31.
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Car plant shutdowns around Brexit deadline hit UK production 19 Dec 2019, 7:01pm Car plant shutdowns around Brexit deadline hit UK production
Efforts to limit disruption from 31 October date pushed down output by 16.5% year on year Renewed shutdowns of car plants around the
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FTSE CLOSE: Pound slides on fresh worries of no-deal Brexit; Interest rates held at 0.75% 19 Dec 2019, 11:58am FTSE CLOSE: Pound slides on fresh worries of no-deal Brexit; Interest rates held at 0.75%
The UK bluechip index, which started the day in the red, was lifted by a tumbling pound, closing 0.4 per cent higher.
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19 Dec 2019, 8:17am Updated Bank of England keeps interest rates on hold
Rates could be cut if global growth does not recover or Brexit uncertainty persists, the Bank indicates.
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Cost of owning a car has jumped since the Brexit vote 19 Dec 2019, 7:10am Cost of owning a car has jumped since the Brexit vote
A review of new vehicle prices and other driving-related charges suggests that political uncertainty and a weakened pound have resulted in motoring  costs rising higher than the rate of inflation since 2016.
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19 Dec 2019, 6:25am Updated Retail sales fall sharply in November
Shoppers continued to keep a tight grip on spending amid uncertainty about Brexit and the election.
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ALEX BRUMMER: The race to become next Bank of England Governor 18 Dec 2019, 4:59pm Updated ALEX BRUMMER: The race to become next Bank of England Governor
As with much else that the Government is doing, from today's Queens Speech, the January 31 deadline for the Prime Minister's Brexit deal and the February budget, this is an administration in a hurry.
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Weakest house price growth since 2012 ahead of October Brexit deadline 18 Dec 2019, 4:34am Weakest house price growth since 2012 ahead of October Brexit deadline
Official figures have charted the weakest house price growth for seven years in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline.
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Brexit cliff-edge fears loom over markets ahead of UK inflation report - business live 18 Dec 2019, 4:33am Updated Brexit cliff-edge fears loom over markets ahead of UK inflation report - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Pound slides to pre-election levels in wake of bid to outlaw Brexit extension 17 Dec 2019, 1:10pm Pound slides to pre-election levels in wake of bid to outlaw Brexit extension
Sterling has lost two cents against both the euro and dollar amid City fears of no deal The pound has given up the gains made since the general election after Boris Johnson said he would write Britain’s exit from the EU next year into law
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Pound tumbles amid Brexit cliff-edge fears; factory output slumps - business live 17 Dec 2019, 9:55am Updated Pound tumbles amid Brexit cliff-edge fears; factory output slumps - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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17 Dec 2019, 7:47am Updated Pound erases election gains amid no-deal Brexit concern
The pound is back down to where it was before the UK general election as Brexit concerns resurface.
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The Tories promise to invest in northern England. Why should anyone trust them? | Patrick Butler 17 Dec 2019, 7:00am The Tories promise to invest in northern England. Why should anyone trust them? | Patrick Butler
The truth is that they have made an art form of ensuring austerity cuts fell far harder in the deprived north and in Labour-voting citiesThe Tories’ audacious election gamble may have paid off with the acquiring of several new, formerly rock-solid Labour seats in the north of England; for the voters of these so called “left-behind” towns, however, the dice is still rolling. They staked their votes on Brexit getting “done” and a renewal of their local economies and public services. The prime minister has
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Jobless rate at near-45 year low ahead of Brexit deadline 17 Dec 2019, 4:19am Jobless rate at near-45 year low ahead of Brexit deadline
The latest employment figures suggest the UK jobs market remained resilient in the run-up to the October Brexit deadline, confounding the expectations of economists.
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Pound takes hit as PM raises stakes on Brexit transition period 17 Dec 2019, 2:04am Pound takes hit as PM raises stakes on Brexit transition period
The pound has tumbled sharply after the government indicated Boris Johnson was planning legislation to prevent the Brexit transition period being extended beyond the end of next year.
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16 Dec 2019, 3:47am What does business want from Boris Johnson?
Many firms will welcome an end to the Brexit stalemate but firms want action elsewhere too.
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15 Dec 2019, 7:08pm What does business want from Boris?
Many firms will welcome an end to the Brexit stalemate but firms want action elsewhere too.
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Does the Boris bounce have legs? This is Money podcast 15 Dec 2019, 7:16am Does the Boris bounce have legs? This is Money podcast
What does the victory mean for the pound in your pocket, the economy, Brexit and what plans are there in the Conservative manifesto that could affect your personal finances?
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A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true 15 Dec 2019, 2:00am A victory won by Brexit lies does not make those lies true
How can we believe that a party wedded to deregulation and flirting with Trump’s America will ever govern for ‘one nation’?The Chinese proverb is “be careful what you wish for”. My own adapted version is “be careful what you vote for”. I make no apology for having devoted so many columns to what on Thursday became the lost cause of Remain. The pro-European cause in this country has, alas, suffered from a colossal failure of leadership. The failure to make the case for our EU membership goes back a long way, as does the drip-drip of the vile anti-European campaign in the Murdoch press, and the obvious suspects in other sections of the media. The sequence of events was well brought out in Denis MacShane’s prophetic book
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If the Brexit debate is over, the car industry’s problems are just beginning 14 Dec 2019, 7:05pm If the Brexit debate is over, the car industry’s problems are just beginning
Political certainty in Westminster does little to ease the threat to big employers – many of which are in Tory seatsBoris Johnson’s hefty majority may have changed the game in parliament, but manufacturers could be forgiven for withholding their judgment. Nothing has changed, to coin a phrase: a hard-Brexit threat still looms over any company that exports to the EU or beyond. Carmakers are at the forefront of the continuing uncertainty amid an investment freeze and a slump in manufacturing – even as the race towards electric power heats up. Car manufacturing at British factories has fallen by 14% to 1.12 million vehicles in the year to October compared with the same period last year. The November update on car production, due on Friday, is not expected to offer any signs of respite. As well as a general downward trend over recent months, output could be further dented by short production pauses from Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota and BMW in preparation for a no-deal Brexit deadline that was delayed for a second time in October.
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Brexit’s Advance Opens a New Trade Era 14 Dec 2019, 6:07am Updated Brexit’s Advance Opens a New Trade Era
The decisive Conservative victory in Britain leaves no doubt that in today’s global equation, national interests are supreme and globalization is suspect.
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Brexit Once Meant a Weaker British Pound, but Not Anymore 13 Dec 2019, 11:17pm Updated Brexit Once Meant a Weaker British Pound, but Not Anymore
Britain’s currency has gained on the prospect that a Conservative victory will remove uncertainty about the break from the European Union.
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Brexit’s Advance Is Latest Blow to Postwar Trade Order 13 Dec 2019, 12:35pm Updated Brexit’s Advance Is Latest Blow to Postwar Trade Order
The decisive Conservative victory in Britain leaves no doubt that economic integration has ceased to be a global organizing principle.
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What the U.K. Election Result Means for Global Business 13 Dec 2019, 7:05am What the U.K. Election Result Means for Global Business
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government now had “a powerful new mandate to get Brexit done,” a stance that goes against decades of greater economic integration.
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British Election, Advancing Brexit, Heralds End of a Global Trade Era 13 Dec 2019, 6:51am Updated British Election, Advancing Brexit, Heralds End of a Global Trade Era
The decisive Conservative victory leaves no doubt that around the world, the postwar push for economic integration is over.
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Pound Gains as Prospect of a Chaotic Brexit Fades. For Now. 13 Dec 2019, 3:32am Updated Pound Gains as Prospect of a Chaotic Brexit Fades. For Now.
Britain’s currency jumps on expectations that a Conservative victory will deliver an orderly break from the European Union.
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13 Dec 2019, 3:03am Updated General election 2019: Pound hits 19-month dollar high
Sterling hits its highest level since May last year on hopes the result will ease Brexit uncertainty.
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13 Dec 2019, 2:30am Updated Pound soars as Tories win majority in election
Sterling surges 2.7% to its highest level since May last year on hopes the result will ease Brexit uncertainty.
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13 Dec 2019, 12:03am Pound soars on forecasts of large Tory majority
Sterling surges 2.7% to its highest level since May last year on hopes the result will ease Brexit uncertainty.
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12 Dec 2019, 11:02pm Updated Pound soars on exit poll forecast of Tory majority
Sterling surges 2.7% to its highest level since May last year on hopes the result will ease Brexit uncertainty.
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UK property funds suffer worst week since Brexit referendum 12 Dec 2019, 6:03pm UK property funds suffer worst week since Brexit referendum
Demands for withdrawals from funds accelerate after M&G blocks redemptions A dash for the exit by investors has left UK property funds nursing their worst week of withdrawals since the Brexit referendum, and raised fears that further funds may be forced to close. Last week M&G, one of the UK’s biggest asset managers, shocked small investors when it
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Savers abandon property funds at greatest rate since the Brexit vote 12 Dec 2019, 4:51pm Savers abandon property funds at greatest rate since the Brexit vote
Savers have pulled almost £200m out of property funds in the week since M&G suspended its £2.5bn Property Portfolio. It means more money has been withdrawn in a week than in a typical month.
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Worried, Scared and Paralyzed: Lives Caught in Brexit Limbo 12 Dec 2019, 6:50am Worried, Scared and Paralyzed: Lives Caught in Brexit Limbo
Whether Brexit would be good for business or not, the interminable nature of leaving the European Union has already created problems for those concerned about their livelihoods.
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The Tories can’t offer tax cuts – there will be no money left after Brexit | Simon Wren-Lewis 11 Dec 2019, 10:59am The Tories can’t offer tax cuts – there will be no money left after Brexit | Simon Wren-Lewis
While Brexit would mean more stagnation, Labour’s spending plans would boost the economy without frightening off investors The two main parties’ policies on tax and spending have had plenty of attention in this election campaign. Yet few have commented on quite why there is such a difference between their plans.
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Brexit hits UK ski and holiday staff overseas 11 Dec 2019, 1:00am Brexit hits UK ski and holiday staff overseas
Study shows a third have lost jobs as travel firms fear new rules on Britons working abroad A third of UK seasonal jobs in ski resorts and summer activity holidays have disappeared because of fears over Brexit, research shows. A year after the industry
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The Brexit stockpilers: ‘I do still have enough for three months’ 10 Dec 2019, 12:19pm The Brexit stockpilers: ‘I do still have enough for three months’
Worried that there would be a no-deal Brexit in March, Helena stockpiled food for her and her dog. Jo was concerned about her daughter’s medication. How do they feel now? In January, a small mixed-breed dog called Charlie was pictured on this site
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UK GDP: economy stagnates as Brexit uncertainty hits growth - business live 10 Dec 2019, 10:05am Updated UK GDP: economy stagnates as Brexit uncertainty hits growth - business live
UK economy failed to grow over the August-October period, reports the Office for National Statistics in its latest growth report
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UK economy stagnates as Brexit uncertainty hits growth - business live 10 Dec 2019, 9:24am Updated UK economy stagnates as Brexit uncertainty hits growth - business live
UK economy failed to grow over the August-October period, reports the Office for National Statistics in its latest growth report
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What the 2019 UK election means for your money 9 Dec 2019, 7:40am Updated What the 2019 UK election means for your money
It's been dubbed the Brexit election but the general election is as much about tax, spending and competing visions for Britain's economic future as anything else. We look at the main party plans.
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8 Dec 2019, 10:48am General Election 2019: Johnson insists no NI-GB goods checks after Brexit
The PM says a leaked Treasury document that says there will be customs checks is "wrong".
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8 Dec 2019, 8:45am Updated General Election 2019: Johnson insists no NI-GB goods checks post-Brexit
The PM says a leaked Treasury document that says there will be customs checks is "wrong".
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We MUST get Boris a majority and unleash a boom in Brexit Britain, says City titan Michael Spencer 8 Dec 2019, 6:28am Updated We MUST get Boris a majority and unleash a boom in Brexit Britain, says City titan Michael Spencer
With General Election day looming, Spencer fears it is 'not inconceivable' that Labour's Jeremy Corbyn could become Prime Minister on Friday, which would be 'really quite severely bad'.
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Corbyn says Treasury document proves there will be N Ireland checks 6 Dec 2019, 7:03am Corbyn says Treasury document proves there will be N Ireland checks
Jeremy Corbyn says he has obtained a confidential Treasury report which "drives a coach and horses" through Boris Johnson's claim there will be no Irish Sea border after Brexit.
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UK house prices rise despite uncertainty over Brexit and election 6 Dec 2019, 5:21am UK house prices rise despite uncertainty over Brexit and election
Average house price in November shows biggest jump since February, says Halifax UK house prices rebounded in November despite continued uncertainty around the outcome of Brexit and the upcoming general election, according to Britain’s biggest mortgage lender. The average price of a home rose 1% to £234,625 last month, Halifax said, marking the largest monthly rise since February.
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Investors pull £2.8bn out of UK property funds amid high street gloom 6 Dec 2019, 4:21am Investors pull £2.8bn out of UK property funds amid high street gloom
More real estate funds may have to impose extraordinary liquidity measures – Fitch Investors pulled almost £3bn out of UK property funds over the past year, highlighting the toll that extended Brexit uncertainty and high street gloom have had on the sector. Data prepared by Morningstar shows that £2.8bn was taken from 15 open-ended commercial property funds that offer daily liquidity to investors, putting pressure on the cash buffers used to cover customer withdrawals.
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Fears for commercial property investors as M&G gates flagship fund 5 Dec 2019, 6:49am Fears for commercial property investors as M&G gates flagship fund
Fund house M&G has suspended its £2.5billion Property Portfolio after a rush of investors pulled out amid Brexit uncertainty, so will other giant property funds be forced to follow suit?
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Fears for commercial property investors as fund house M&G gates its flagship fund 4 Dec 2019, 1:09pm Updated Fears for commercial property investors as fund house M&G gates its flagship fund
Fund house M&G has suspended its £2.5billion Property Portfolioafter a rush of investors pulled out amid Brexit uncertainty.
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UK could drop plans to tax tech firms in rush to secure US trade deal 4 Dec 2019, 12:36pm UK could drop plans to tax tech firms in rush to secure US trade deal
Trade experts raise doubts about digital sales tax aimed at companies such as Google Boris Johnson’s plans for a multibillion-pound tax on tech companies such as Google and Facebook may be dropped in the post-Brexit rush to secure a trade deal with the US, trade experts have suggested. The prime minister said internet companies needed to make a “fairer contribution”, as he indicated on Tuesday he would push ahead with a digital sales tax, despite opposition within his cabinet and a US backlash against similar plans from the French government.
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M&G suspends property fund amid Brexit uncertainty and retail crisis - business live 4 Dec 2019, 11:28am Updated M&G suspends property fund amid Brexit uncertainty and retail crisis - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as UK asset manager surprisingly freezes a major property investment fund
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M&G suspends £2.5bn property fund blaming retail crisis and Brexit 4 Dec 2019, 10:32am M&G suspends £2.5bn property fund blaming retail crisis and Brexit
M&G Property Portfolio bans withdrawals after investors demand their money back One of the UK’s biggest property funds, which owns shopping centres across the country, has alarmed investors by banning withdrawals and blaming both Brexit and the retail downturn for its problems. The £2.5bn M&G Property Portfolio was suspended after “unusually high and sustained outflows” – demand from investors for their money back – prompted by “Brexit-related political uncertainty and ongoing structural shifts in the UK retail sector”.
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Services sector data adds to fears of further slump in UK economy 4 Dec 2019, 8:31am Services sector data adds to fears of further slump in UK economy
Business survey suggests Brexit uncertainty deterring foreign firms from buying UK services Fears that the UK economy could record a second quarter of
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How Boris Johnson and Brexit are Berlusconifying Britain | William Davies 4 Dec 2019, 1:00am How Boris Johnson and Brexit are Berlusconifying Britain | William Davies
The divisions between politics, the media and business have dissolved, eroding integrity. It’s not bad news for everyoneIf this election campaign has a distinctive mood, it is a mix of bewilderment, outrage and exhaustion. The public sphere has been engulfed by a war of attrition in which every poll number, media statement or policy announcement must be treated with suspicion. What is it concealing? Who paid for it? What is it distracting us from?
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1 Dec 2019, 7:04pm Brexit: Could the UK and EU sort a trade deal in months?
Even if the withdrawal agreement is approved, the future UK-EU trade relationship still requires much work.
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Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work 1 Dec 2019, 6:23am Johnson spots an opportunity over state aid – and it may work
If he wants working-class Labour votes the PM can’t promote the rightwing post-Brexit ideal of Singapore-on-Thames Hugely disturbing, said the Adam Smith Institute. A recipe for cronyism and pure protectionism, said the Institute for Economic Affairs. A bad solution in search of the wrong problem, according to the Institute of Directors. No, this was not the verdict on Labour’s manifesto from three organisations that played a pivotal role in Margaret Thatcher’s revolution after 1979 but their horrified reaction at Boris Johnson’s betrayal of free-market principles.
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The odds are against Remain. But outsiders can still win 1 Dec 2019, 2:00am The odds are against Remain. But outsiders can still win
If pro-EU politicians stopped fighting each other, the majority of voters, who agree with them, may yet prevail against BrexitThis is my last column before the 12 December election. At the time of writing, the Conservative Brexit party – for that is what it is – is way ahead in the polls, and the ineffable Johnson is set to take the British economy hurtling towards the cliff edge. He, his henchman Dominic Cummings and their time-serving accomplices have fooled far too many people into believing that, within weeks, they will have “got Brexit done”.
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Is Boris Johnson right about EU state aid rules? 29 Nov 2019, 1:27pm Is Boris Johnson right about EU state aid rules?
PM claims EU system made it difficult for government to protect British steel in 2015 Boris Johnson promised new state aid rules for the UK after Brexit, saying that the current EU system made it more difficult for the government to protect the British steel industry in 2015.
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Brexit would free up more state aid for ailing firms, claims Johnson 29 Nov 2019, 1:09pm Brexit would free up more state aid for ailing firms, claims Johnson
Conservatives make pledge to overhaul current state aid system after Brexit
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What do the Brexit Party, Greens and SNP manifestos offer on money? 29 Nov 2019, 12:49pm Updated What do the Brexit Party, Greens and SNP manifestos offer on money?
There are just a few weeks to go until the general election and we've been busy scrutinising the party promises. We reveal the money highlights from the Brexit Party, Green and SNP manifestos.
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ALEX BRUMMER: Foreign policy timidity in the UK creates an opening in Hong Kong for the US 29 Nov 2019, 5:02am Updated ALEX BRUMMER: Foreign policy timidity in the UK creates an opening in Hong Kong for the US
The general election and Brexit means that seven months of disturbances in Hong Kong have passed by almost unnoticed. And foreign policy timidity in the UK has created an opening for the US.
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How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? November verdict 28 Nov 2019, 1:00am How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? November verdict
Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and trade
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Sofa chain ScS blames Brexit and election uncertainty for sales slump 27 Nov 2019, 11:17am Sofa chain ScS blames Brexit and election uncertainty for sales slump
Sofa chain ScS has seen order numbers decline in the past four months with sales remaining under pressure amid the Brexit deadlock and in the run up to the election.
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Interest rates could be hiked if Tories can push through Brexit, economists say 25 Nov 2019, 5:42am Updated Interest rates could be hiked if Tories can push through Brexit, economists say
Interest rates could be hiked if Boris Johnson wins a clear majority and gets his Brexit deal through Parliament, economists say.
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Britain’s carmakers fear the wheels are coming off 23 Nov 2019, 7:05pm Britain’s carmakers fear the wheels are coming off
Not even the UK’s F1 expertise can persuade Tesla to invest, or boost poor sales figures as Brexit looms What have toothpaste manufacturing and Formula One motor racing got in common? Very little, on the face of it – unless you head to a factory in Maidenhead, which eight years ago was the scene of a case study beloved of manufacturing students (and business writers).
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In uncertain times, a museum of money is a sure-fire winner 23 Nov 2019, 11:00am In uncertain times, a museum of money is a sure-fire winner
For 40 years now, British people have had to take responsibility for their financial future. An educational museum where people could learn how this is best done is long overdue What Britain needs is another museum. No, really. Amid all the hand-wringing about whether Britain’s economic destiny lies in or out of the European Union, there is a clear need for a place to visit that can help people discover how money works. A Brexit deal may have been passed and this election will be a distant memory whenever the museum opens its doors, but with financial education at such a low ebb, a centre that facilitates the discussion of modern-day market capitalism (and its alternatives) must be worth the relatively small outlay.
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UK companies hit by sharpest activity drop since Brexit vote 22 Nov 2019, 12:40pm UK companies hit by sharpest activity drop since Brexit vote
Economy forecast to contract as services and manufacturing firms blame fall on uncertainty Britain’s private sector companies suffered the sharpest drop in activity this month since the EU referendum, as the prospect of a general election added to Brexit-related uncertainty. Most businesses blamed
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UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – as it happened 22 Nov 2019, 9:43am UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – as it happened
Rolling news coverage of markets, economics and business as purchasing managers indices show economy in decline
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UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – business live 22 Nov 2019, 9:29am Updated UK companies endure sharpest downturn since Brexit vote – business live
Rolling news coverage of markets, economics and business as purchasing managers indices show economy in decline
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Best investment funds over a decade of Tory government revealed 22 Nov 2019, 5:43am Best investment funds over a decade of Tory government revealed
The Conservatives have led for almost a decade in coalition, majority and minority government, from the pain of the financial crisis, to the Brexit vote and its aftermath. We reveal funds that did best.
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UK growth will dip to 1% even if no-deal Brexit avoided, warns OECD 21 Nov 2019, 5:00am UK growth will dip to 1% even if no-deal Brexit avoided, warns OECD
Prospect of crashing out of EU leaves UK more exposed to global financial risks, thinktank says The UK’s GDP growth rate will slip to 1% next year even if a no-deal Brexit is avoided, according to the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation. The OECD said the economy would slow down from growth of 1.2% this year if parliament passes Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal before the 31 January deadline, before returning to 1.2% in 2021.
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TK Maxx bucks the High St gloom with a 6% rise in sales 19 Nov 2019, 7:22pm Updated TK Maxx bucks the High St gloom with a 6% rise in sales
American parent company TJX International, which includes Europe and Australia, upgraded forecasts in a third-quarter earnings update yesterday as it brushed off Brexit uncertainty.
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Stock markets rise as traders wait for progress on US-China trade deal – business live 19 Nov 2019, 4:04am Updated Stock markets rise as traders wait for progress on US-China trade deal – business live
Pound inches higher towards $1.30 on hopes of smoother Brexit process
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Asian shares mixed amid doubts on US-China trade deal – business live 19 Nov 2019, 3:03am Updated Asian shares mixed amid doubts on US-China trade deal – business live
Pound inches higher towards $1.30 on hopes of smoother Brexit process
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Boris Johnson tells business leaders Tories will end Brexit uncertainty – video 18 Nov 2019, 8:56am Boris Johnson tells business leaders Tories will end Brexit uncertainty – video
Boris Johnson has told the CBI conference of business leaders that Brexit uncertainty has left the UK economy like a supercar firing on half of its cylinders. Accusing MPs of failing to honour their promise to respect the result of the 2016 vote, Johnson insisted a winter election was the only way to clear the ‘parliamentary blockage’ and end uncertainty for businesses
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General election: Tory and Labour pledges about resolving Brexit quickly are misleading, CBI says – live news 18 Nov 2019, 5:54am General election: Tory and Labour pledges about resolving Brexit quickly are misleading, CBI says – live news
PM to unveil business tax cuts and Labour to expand on immigration plans. Follow the latest developments, live
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18 Nov 2019, 5:12am Updated General election 2019: Leaders woo business with tax and apprenticeship vows
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Jo Swinson will set out their positions on Brexit, tax and training.
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Tax cuts, apprenticeships, stopping Brexit: Parties court business vote 17 Nov 2019, 10:29pm Tax cuts, apprenticeships, stopping Brexit: Parties court business vote
The three main party leaders will try to appeal to business leaders later, as they address the Confederation of British Industry.
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Boris Johnson to pledge tax cuts for business in bid to ease Brexit fears 17 Nov 2019, 5:30pm Boris Johnson to pledge tax cuts for business in bid to ease Brexit fears
PM will reveal measures at CBI conference but faces criticism over plans to cut immigration Boris Johnson will announce a range of tax cuts for businesses at the Confederation of British Industry conference, as the business group’s director general warned his plans to reduce immigration risked a skills shortage. The prime minister will promise tax relief for the construction and research industries, plus a tax cut for small employers by raising the
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Brexit will make all the election spending promises hard to keep 17 Nov 2019, 2:00am Brexit will make all the election spending promises hard to keep
In contrast with the mood of largesse, economists say Johnson’s deal will lower state revenues by £26bn a yearIf the president of the United States, a non-European, feels entitled to air his views about Brexit, I see no reason why the outgoing president of the European council, Donald Tusk – a much more agreeable Donald – should not air his. Quoting Hannah Arendt,
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15 Nov 2019, 11:55am Updated Australia and others ask for Brexit trade compensation
A number of World Trade Organization countries have asked for compensation over Brexit.
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Asda chiefs blame Brexit fears for dip in sales 14 Nov 2019, 9:06am Asda chiefs blame Brexit fears for dip in sales
Asda bosses have blamed "customer concerns over Brexit" after the supermarket giant saw a drop in sales.
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UK retail sales hit by surprise downturn despite big discounting 14 Nov 2019, 7:27am UK retail sales hit by surprise downturn despite big discounting
Drop of 0.1% blamed on pre-Brexit concerns and declines in employment and wages growth Britain’s shops were hit by a surprise downturn in sales in the run-up to Christmas after official figures showed a 0.1% drop in October. City analysts had expected consumers to continue their month-on-month spending increases with a 0.1% rise, albeit largely built on
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JD Wetherspoon pubs boss brews up a storm over governance 13 Nov 2019, 2:12pm JD Wetherspoon pubs boss brews up a storm over governance
Tim Martin’s musings on corporate governance and tick-box culture is typically thought-provoking Tim Martin at JD Wetherspoon writes some entertaining chairman’s rants and, if you skip the sermons on Brexit, he is reliably thought-provoking. Here’s
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McCluskey tells Corbyn to defy calls to extend freedom of movement 13 Nov 2019, 1:48pm Updated McCluskey tells Corbyn to defy calls to extend freedom of movement
Unite leader also urges shadow cabinet to keep quiet about second Brexit referendum
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Tesla cites Brexit as Germany chosen over UK for European plant 13 Nov 2019, 4:31am Tesla cites Brexit as Germany chosen over UK for European plant
US electric carmaker will build battery factory in Berlin, says boss Elon Musk Tesla’s boss Elon Musk has said Brexit uncertainty played a role in the firm’s decision to build
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UK employment takes biggest tumble in four years 12 Nov 2019, 12:53pm UK employment takes biggest tumble in four years
Slowdown in growth and Brexit uncertainty are making businesses more cautious Employment in the UK has fallen at its fastest rate in four years amid growing evidence that a slowing economy is taking its toll on the labour market.
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Rate of employment in UK takes biggest tumble in four years 12 Nov 2019, 6:04am Rate of employment in UK takes biggest tumble in four years
Slowdown in growth and Brexit uncertainty are making businesses more cautious Employment in the UK has fallen at its fastest rate in four years amid growing evidence that a slowing economy is taking its toll on the labour market.
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Brexit endgame? How UK business views the state of the economy 11 Nov 2019, 9:06am Brexit endgame? How UK business views the state of the economy
Leaders from film and TV, housebuilding and manufacturing on whether their firms are thriving The UK has avoided recession after
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North York Moors mine plan could be rescued by £465m investment 11 Nov 2019, 8:07am North York Moors mine plan could be rescued by £465m investment
Sirius Minerals’ potash project had been in doubt, partly because of Brexit uncertainty The company behind plans for a giant fertiliser mine under the North York Moors hopes to rescue the struggling project by raising $600m (£465m) from new investors by March. Sirius Minerals has revised plans to finance the world’s largest potash mine of its type after the $5bn project was thrown into doubt in September when it
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Predators eye rich pickings at banknote maker De La Rue 10 Nov 2019, 5:12pm Updated Predators eye rich pickings at banknote maker De La Rue
Shares in De La Rue, which lost the prestigious contract to print Britain's post-Brexit blue passport last year, tumbled last month after the firm released the latest in a string of profit warnings.
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Wetherspoons faces calls to keep pro-Brexit politics out of pubs 9 Nov 2019, 7:06pm Wetherspoons faces calls to keep pro-Brexit politics out of pubs
Founder Tim Martin, a big Leave supporter, is under pressure ahead of the AGM over corporate governance concerns JD Wetherspoon publishes a trading statement on Wednesday and there is a chance that, as ever, it will be a Brexit tirade with some numbers tagged on. The last statement in July started amicably enough, but when it came to “outlook”, the chairman, Tim Martin, downed a pint of full-strength Brexit in one go. “The dichotomy between a ‘no-deal’ Brexit and a ‘deal’,” he wrote, “as it is often portrayed in the media, politics and business, is highly misleading. The term no-deal really means multi-deal – a multitude of deals agreed between individuals, businesses, governments and other organisations.”
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ALEX BRUMMER: Mark Carney in nowhere land with Brexit still unresolved 7 Nov 2019, 5:10pm ALEX BRUMMER: Mark Carney in nowhere land with Brexit still unresolved
Reading between his lines, it sounds as if Mark Carney would remain at the Bank of England beyond January 31 if asked. That may not be required if there is a clear outcome to the election.
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7 Nov 2019, 10:15am Updated Bank split on rates as it warns Brexit deal would hit growth
Interest rates are held steady, but two Bank of England policymakers vote for an immediate cut.
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Bank of England top brass expected to maintain interest rates as Johnson and Corbyn go head-to-head 7 Nov 2019, 6:01am Updated Bank of England top brass expected to maintain interest rates as Johnson and Corbyn go head-to-head
With Brexit now delayed until January, the Bank may cut its gross domestic product growth forecast for next year from the current estimated rate of 1.3 per cent.
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EU cuts growth forecasts in face of Brexit and trade wars – business live 7 Nov 2019, 5:47am Updated EU cuts growth forecasts in face of Brexit and trade wars – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Reject Wetherspoon report over pro-Brexit outlay, investors told 6 Nov 2019, 2:21pm Reject Wetherspoon report over pro-Brexit outlay, investors told
Advice from influential Pirc group cites concerns over spending and sustainability JD Wetherspoon investors should vote against the company’s annual report at its shareholder meeting because of the pub chain’s spending on pro-Brexit materials, according to an influential shareholder advisory group. Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (Pirc) said shareholders should oppose Wetherspoon’s annual report
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UK economy hit as service sector reports big fall in new orders 5 Nov 2019, 1:15pm UK economy hit as service sector reports big fall in new orders
Car sales slump as reports claim firms are laying off staff as Brexit uncertainty deters consumers from major spending Britain’s flagging economy suffered a further blow in October after companies in the key services sector reported a decline in new orders for the seventh month this year and car sales slumped again, taking the annual decline to 6.7%. Analysts blamed the weaker outlook on Brexit uncertainty, which continued to take its toll on business and consumer confidence at home and abroad.
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Brexit uncertainty squeezes UK economy as service sector stagnates– business live 5 Nov 2019, 9:57am Updated Brexit uncertainty squeezes UK economy as service sector stagnates– business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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General election: Swinson says she is certain she would be better PM than either Johnson or Corbyn - live news 5 Nov 2019, 6:24am Updated General election: Swinson says she is certain she would be better PM than either Johnson or Corbyn - live news
Rolling coverage of the 2019 general election campaign, including Jeremy Corbyn’s speech on Brexit and the Liberal Democrat launch
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UK services stagnates as Brexit uncertainty squeezes economy – business live 5 Nov 2019, 5:40am Updated UK services stagnates as Brexit uncertainty squeezes economy – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Five top tips to get your home sold despite Brexit jitters 5 Nov 2019, 4:16am Updated Five top tips to get your home sold despite Brexit jitters
There are steps you take to help sell your home, such as replacing old fixtures and fittings and jazzing up your garden.
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British builders remain stuck in a rut ahead of Brexit, study says  5 Nov 2019, 3:51am British builders remain stuck in a rut ahead of Brexit, study says 
Data group IHS Markit said its index of activity in the UK construction sector - where scores below 50 show decline - hit 44.2 in October.
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UK tourism industry set to struggle under post-Brexit immigration plans 4 Nov 2019, 7:38am UK tourism industry set to struggle under post-Brexit immigration plans
Industry experts say proposed skills- and salary-assessed system for workers will make it harder for tourism industry to recruit staff Concerns among UK tourism businesses are intensifying over post-Brexit immigration rules that seem likely to leave shortages in the workforce. The proposed new skills- and salary-assessed system will mean those in jobs the government categorises as low-skilled – including many frequently found in tourism – would be unlikely to qualify for a visa. Speaking at a European tourism association (ETOA) event, Louisa Cole of K&L Gates, who advises on UK immigration law, said the tourism industry may struggle to recruit enough staff post-Brexit. Currently, the low-skilled category includes travel agents, tour guides, bus conductors, holiday reps and reservations staff.
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UK civil engineering suffers worst slump since 2009 amid Brexit gloom – business live 4 Nov 2019, 5:38am Updated UK civil engineering suffers worst slump since 2009 amid Brexit gloom – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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Invest in Britain before Brexit boom, says funds chief Martin Gilbert 3 Nov 2019, 9:25am Invest in Britain before Brexit boom, says funds chief Martin Gilbert
Gilbert - the outgoing deputy chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen - described the UK as 'cheap' at the moment. 'I think it's good value,' he said.
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Brexit uncertainty hits UK manufacturing sector 1 Nov 2019, 10:44am Brexit uncertainty hits UK manufacturing sector
British factories suffer sixth consecutive month of falling new orders Britain’s factories suffered a sixth consecutive month of falling new orders in October as
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Bosses leave car dealer Lookers as Brexit blamed for profit warning 1 Nov 2019, 7:34am Bosses leave car dealer Lookers as Brexit blamed for profit warning
Shares plunge and company announces the closure of 15 branches Lookers, one of Britain’s biggest car dealerships, has parted company with its chief executive and chief operating officer as it blamed Brexit uncertainty for its second profit warning in less than four months. The company’s shares plunged by a quarter as it predicted profit would fall by more than two-thirds this year and announced the closure of 15 branches. Lookers said Andy Bruce, who had run the company since 2014, and the operations chief, Nigel McMinn, had agreed to step down immediately.
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UK carmakers go ahead with shutdowns despite Brexit delay 1 Nov 2019, 4:06am UK carmakers go ahead with shutdowns despite Brexit delay
Firms had already made plans with staff and suppliers before deadline extension British car manufacturers are ploughing ahead with costly production shutdowns designed to avoid Brexit disruption, despite a second postponement of the date of the UK’s departure from the EU. More than half of the UK’s car manufacturing capacity had some form of shutdown planned to coincide with the 31 October deadline in case of disruption to the supply of parts, a
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ALEX BRUMMER: Economists so wrapped up in theories that what is going on in real world is ignored 30 Oct 2019, 6:31pm Updated ALEX BRUMMER: Economists so wrapped up in theories that what is going on in real world is ignored
Difficulties with projections come when we treat them as holy writ rather than guidance. Mark Carney's observation at the IMF that a Brexit deal would unleash investment is a case in point.
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ALEX BRUMMER: Way Just Eat being sacrificed to short-term gain shows shortcomings in UK capitalism 29 Oct 2019, 9:44pm Updated ALEX BRUMMER: Way Just Eat being sacrificed to short-term gain shows shortcomings in UK capitalism
It is just the kind of services enterprise which a post-Brexit UK ought to treasure. But so far there has been not a hint of a shareholder or boardroom rebellion.
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Brexit meltdown: 50p coins with 31 October date to be recycled 29 Oct 2019, 11:38am Brexit meltdown: 50p coins with 31 October date to be recycled
Decision over special-edition coins by Royal Mint comes as departure from EU is delayed The 50p coins minted to commemorate Brexit on 31 October are to be “recycled”, the Treasury has confirmed. The decision comes after ministers
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UK consumer credit growth hits five year low; Brexit hits house prices – business live 29 Oct 2019, 5:55am Updated UK consumer credit growth hits five year low; Brexit hits house prices – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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UK house price growth dragged back by Brexit uncertainty – business live 29 Oct 2019, 5:12am Updated UK house price growth dragged back by Brexit uncertainty – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news
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28 Oct 2019, 8:00pm Christmas markets hit by Brexit costs
Organisers have brought goods to the UK early to avoid any difficulties with the UK's exit from the EU.
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Retail stockpiles at record levels amid pre-Christmas Brexit uncertainty 28 Oct 2019, 9:35am Retail stockpiles at record levels amid pre-Christmas Brexit uncertainty
UK retailers have built up record stockpiles as Brexit uncertainty in the run-up to Christmas prompted stores to buy in seasonal products earlier than usual, CBI figures show.
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UK retail stockpiling hits record levels amid Brexit worries - business live 28 Oct 2019, 8:45am Updated UK retail stockpiling hits record levels amid Brexit worries - business live
CBI survey shows that UK firms are stockpiling heavily to cope with Brexit and Christmas
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Sajid Javid has only added to Brexit turmoil by delaying the budget | Richard Partington 27 Oct 2019, 10:05am Sajid Javid has only added to Brexit turmoil by delaying the budget | Richard Partington
When economy needs leadership, No 11 occupant cements reputation as ‘chancellor only in name’ instead It was supposed to be the event to end austerity. A budget to turn the page; to enact the “people’s priorities”, with everything to like and nothing to hate. But what should have been a pivotal moment for a country tired of austerity, Brexit and political chaos became another moment of shambles for
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JD Wetherspoon may have breached law over 1.9m Brexit beer mats 27 Oct 2019, 8:01am JD Wetherspoon may have breached law over 1.9m Brexit beer mats
Experts say spending on pro-leave material before 2016 vote required shareholder approval JD Wetherspoon have been accused of breaching the Companies Act after failing to seek shareholder approval for spending on almost 2m pro-leave beer mats before the 2016 EU referendum. The pub chain spent £94,856 during the referendum campaign comprising £18,000 on 1.5m “Brexit beer mats”, £8,400 on 200,000 beer mats, and £68,186 on another 200,000 beer mats, 5,000 posters and 500,000 booklets, Electoral Commission records show.
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Specialist Christmas meats at risk from lack of seasonal workers 26 Oct 2019, 3:00am Specialist Christmas meats at risk from lack of seasonal workers
Brexit-related labour shortages could hit production of pigs in blankets and glazed hams Supplies of festive food staples including pigs in blankets, glazed hams and three-bird roasts could be hit by
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ALEX BRUMMER: Javid needs a goodwill budget for a post-Brexit economy 25 Oct 2019, 4:51pm ALEX BRUMMER: Javid needs a goodwill budget for a post-Brexit economy
Sajid Javid is under orders to let it be known that it is not business as usual as the Parliamentary manoeuvring over Boris Johnson's Brexit deal and his search for a general election stretch out.
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German consumer morale slides; Brexit jitters weigh on markets - business live 25 Oct 2019, 11:09am Updated German consumer morale slides; Brexit jitters weigh on markets - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including more worrying data from Germany
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How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? October verdict 25 Oct 2019, 2:00am How has Brexit vote affected the UK economy? October verdict
Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and trade
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Brexit uncertainty drives up job losses and holds back economy 25 Oct 2019, 2:00am Brexit uncertainty drives up job losses and holds back economy
Guardian analysis shows no-deal fears have hit outlook for employment and growth
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Retailers cut 85,000 jobs in past year 23 Oct 2019, 7:01pm Retailers cut 85,000 jobs in past year
Online shopping and Brexit uncertainty blamed for closures including Bonmarché Retailers have axed 85,000 jobs in the past year as weak consumer demand, rising costs and the switch to online shopping, exacerbated by Brexit uncertainty, have put businesses under increasing pressure. The job losses in the UK’s biggest private employment sector – with particular importance for women – are the latest sign of a crisis on the high street that has seen the closure of
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Brexit delay will keep fog of uncertainty hanging over UK economy | Larry Elliott 23 Oct 2019, 12:22pm Brexit delay will keep fog of uncertainty hanging over UK economy | Larry Elliott
Failure to find a way forward could result in a delayed budget, weaker pound and lower growth forecast Brexit uncertainty has been a
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Thomas Cook: Official Receiver looking to claw back bonuses – business live 23 Oct 2019, 5:37am Thomas Cook: Official Receiver looking to claw back bonuses – business live
Disappointing results from Texas Instruments and the latest Brexit drama weigh on shares
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Markets weighed down by growth worries and Brexit uncertainty – business live 23 Oct 2019, 5:23am Updated Markets weighed down by growth worries and Brexit uncertainty – business live
Disappointing results from Texas Instruments and the latest Brexit drama weigh on shares
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Brexit effect on UK economy may be worse than thought, says CBI 22 Oct 2019, 2:03pm Brexit effect on UK economy may be worse than thought, says CBI
Survey finds majority of factory owners have cut investment, as insolvencies hit six-year high
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22 Oct 2019, 12:23pm Updated Brexit deal: NI firms must declare goods heading to rest of the UK
The Brexit secretary says there'll be no forms to fill in - then reverses his position shortly afterwards.
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Germany tumbles into recession as global trade tensions and worries over Brexit take their toll 22 Oct 2019, 8:21am Updated Germany tumbles into recession as global trade tensions and worries over Brexit take their toll
In a major setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel and the wider eurozone, the Bundesbank said the German economy contracted again in the third quarter of the year.
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UK companies hurt by Brexit uncertainty as pound falls back from $1.30 – business live 22 Oct 2019, 4:20am Updated UK companies hurt by Brexit uncertainty as pound falls back from $1.30 – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest business and financial news, as hotel group Whitbread and car retailer Pendragon are hurt by economic uncertainty
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UK companies hurt by Brexit uncertainty as pound hovers below $1.30 – business live 22 Oct 2019, 3:22am Updated UK companies hurt by Brexit uncertainty as pound hovers below $1.30 – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest business and financial news, as hotel group Whitbread and car retailer Pendragon are hurt by economic uncertainty
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Investors Get Excited Over the Brexit Deal 21 Oct 2019, 4:55pm Investors Get Excited Over the Brexit Deal
The British pound surged this morning after Britain and the E.U. reached an agreement on Brexit. But there are still serious hurdles to overcome.
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Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal and trade war hopes - as it happened 21 Oct 2019, 3:33pm Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal and trade war hopes - as it happened
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as sterling is buffeted by political drama
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Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal and trade war hopes - business live 21 Oct 2019, 3:04pm Updated Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal and trade war hopes - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as sterling is buffeted by political drama
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Sajid Javid refuses to assess economic dangers of Brexit plan 21 Oct 2019, 1:06pm Sajid Javid refuses to assess economic dangers of Brexit plan
Chancellor accused of believing ‘evidence is superfluous to good policy making’
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Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal hopes - business live 21 Oct 2019, 9:27am Updated Pound hits $1.30 amid Brexit deal hopes - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as sterling is buffeted by political drama
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21 Oct 2019, 5:03am Updated Brexit deal acceptable, says top Barclays banker
Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays' UK operations, says business leaders want to see certainty.
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With Brexit looming, is it really a good time to sell a home? 21 Oct 2019, 4:35am Updated With Brexit looming, is it really a good time to sell a home?
The average price of a home coming to market saw its lowest monthly rise at this time of year since October 2008, according to the latest report from property website Rightmove.
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Pound dips but UK stocks rise amid Brexit delay jitters – business live 21 Oct 2019, 4:05am Updated Pound dips but UK stocks rise amid Brexit delay jitters – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as sterling falls back from its highest level in five months
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21 Oct 2019, 3:56am Brexit deal acceptable, says top banker Sir Ian Cheshire
Sir Ian Cheshire, chairman of Barclays' UK operations, says business leaders want to see certainty.
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Pound volatile amid Brexit delay jitters – business live 21 Oct 2019, 3:09am Updated Pound volatile amid Brexit delay jitters – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as sterling falls back from its highest level in five months
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21 Oct 2019, 3:03am Updated Pound slips in early trading after delay on Brexit vote
The pound eases in Asia trading but could see a stronger move when parliament votes on the Brexit deal.
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Lowest October rise in UK house prices since 2008 financial crisis 20 Oct 2019, 7:01pm Lowest October rise in UK house prices since 2008 financial crisis
Rightmove says sluggish market and Brexit uncertainty are putting potential sellers off UK house prices have registered their lowest October rise since the 2008 financial crisis as Brexit uncertainty continues to take its toll, according to the property website Rightmove. Its data also showed that some parts of London are continuing to see asking prices fall, in some cases by £15,000 or more in a month.
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20 Oct 2019, 2:24pm Brexit date downplayed in government advertising shift
The government changes the wording on its Get Ready for Brexit website after Saturday's vote.
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The CBI was caught red-handed with a cheap anti-Labour stunt 20 Oct 2019, 11:03am The CBI was caught red-handed with a cheap anti-Labour stunt
The bosses’ lobby may well be scared of Jeremy Corbyn’s party but Labour needs more detail on nationalisation In the middle of the political storm over Brexit, last week’s row between Labour and the Confederation of British Industry came as a distraction. While the big issue of the country’s future trading relations with its biggest economic partner should have taken priority, the two sides were instead
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This Week in Business: A Brexit Battering, and Mark Zuckerberg Plays Defense 20 Oct 2019, 7:00am This Week in Business: A Brexit Battering, and Mark Zuckerberg Plays Defense
Plus, the monthlong strike at General Motors may be over soon.
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Labour and the CBI should get their spending debate back on the rails 20 Oct 2019, 2:00am Labour and the CBI should get their spending debate back on the rails
That the bosses’ lobby felt the need to trump up its analysis shows just how scared it is of Jeremy Corbyn’s partyIn the middle of the political storm over Brexit, last week’s row between Labour and the Confederation of British Industry came as a distraction. While the big issue of the country’s future trading relations with its biggest economic partner should have taken priority, the two sides were instead
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Brexit is a national tragedy in the service of narrow self-interest 20 Oct 2019, 2:00am Brexit is a national tragedy in the service of narrow self-interest
Boris Johnson and his cronies want nothing more than to turn Britain into a deregulated tax haven – whatever the costIt takes a long time for economies to recover from a financial crisis, as was demonstrated after the Wall Street crash of 1929 and the world recession that followed. Similarly, it has taken a decade for the British economy to recover from the banking crisis of 2007-09 – and, indeed, it is begging the question to assume that the recovery is complete. Far from it. As is being increasingly recognised, recovery was stifled by an ill-conceived austerity programme whose deleterious effects played no small role in the outcome of the 2016 referendum.
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Ex-Bank of England boss - UK is neglecting deep problems with economy 19 Oct 2019, 10:21pm Ex-Bank of England boss - UK is neglecting deep problems with economy
Britain is neglecting deep problems with its economy because of its fixation with Brexit, former Bank of England governor Lord Mervyn King has told Sky News.
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ALEX BRUMMER: Choosing next Bank chief is a soap that has run too long 19 Oct 2019, 5:36am Updated ALEX BRUMMER: Choosing next Bank chief is a soap that has run too long
Chancellor Sajid Javid wants a governor who is independent and, after two Brexit-related extensions in office, Mark Carney's term would come to an end on January 31 next year.
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Extinction Rebellion: what price could you pay for taking a stand? 19 Oct 2019, 2:00am Extinction Rebellion: what price could you pay for taking a stand?
How being arrested on a climate or anti-Brexit protest could affect your job, mortgage or travel For many people, this weekend could be their first experience of protest, whether on the anti-Brexit march today or as part of Extinction Rebellion’s rolling campaign. But what about those willing to go further and be arrested? Extinction Rebellion
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Fed Signals a Rate Cut Remains Possible, Despite Glimmers of Economic Hope 18 Oct 2019, 2:19pm Updated Fed Signals a Rate Cut Remains Possible, Despite Glimmers of Economic Hope
A Brexit deal looks possible, and China trade tensions eased slightly. That probably will not stop the Federal Reserve from cutting rates again this month.
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Manufacturers express deep misgivings over Johnson’s Brexit deal 18 Oct 2019, 12:47pm Manufacturers express deep misgivings over Johnson’s Brexit deal
Lobby group calls for transition extension and loosening of migration rules on eve of vote
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A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs. 17 Oct 2019, 11:19pm Updated A Scotch Maker’s Challenge: First Brexit. Now Tariffs.
The 25 percent U.S. tariffs to be imposed Friday are causing headaches for single malt distilleries, already struggling with Brexit.
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PM heads back to No 10 ahead of make-or-break vote on Brexit deal 17 Oct 2019, 5:55pm PM heads back to No 10 ahead of make-or-break vote on Brexit deal
Boris Johnson is returning to Downing Street after securing a new Brexit deal at a crucial Brussels summit - but he has a fight on his hands to get MPs to back it.
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FTSE LIVE: Pound surges as Brexit deal is done; WHSmith snaps up rival 17 Oct 2019, 12:50pm Updated FTSE LIVE: Pound surges as Brexit deal is done; WHSmith snaps up rival
The FTSE 100 closed up 14.37 points at 7182.32 and the pound was at $1.28 against the dollar. The pound leapt as it was revealed that the UK and EU had agreed on a Brexit deal.
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IMF chief urges MPs to back new Brexit deal 17 Oct 2019, 11:45am IMF chief urges MPs to back new Brexit deal
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has welcomed the new draft deal on Brexit, saying that she "jumped" when she saw the news.
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UK would lose £130bn in growth if Brexit deal passed, figures suggest 17 Oct 2019, 10:50am UK would lose £130bn in growth if Brexit deal passed, figures suggest
Boris Johnson’s agreement estimated to cost 6.7% of expected GDP rise over 15 years
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UK firms face lending squeeze; IMF chief warns against no-deal Brexit - business live 17 Oct 2019, 10:46am Updated UK firms face lending squeeze; IMF chief warns against no-deal Brexit - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest business and economic news, as sterling is volatile after EU and UK agree new Brexit deal
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UK firms face lending squeeze; pound volatile after Brexit deal - business live 17 Oct 2019, 10:05am Updated UK firms face lending squeeze; pound volatile after Brexit deal - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest business and economic news, as NatWest boosts its Brexit contingency fund by over £2bn
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UK firms face lending squeeze; Brexit deal hopes lift pound - business live 17 Oct 2019, 8:00am Updated UK firms face lending squeeze; Brexit deal hopes lift pound - business live
Rolling coverage of the latest business and economic news, as NatWest boosts its Brexit contingency fund by over £2bn
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17 Oct 2019, 7:04am Pound gains as Johnson says Brexit deal reached
The value of sterling rises after Boris Johnson says a "great new deal" has been agreed.
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UK shoppers shun big ticket items as Brexit uncertainty bites 17 Oct 2019, 6:08am UK shoppers shun big ticket items as Brexit uncertainty bites
Department store sales slump further and online shoppers also rein in spending, says ONS Retail sales failed to bounce back last month from a drop in August as Brexit uncertainty deterred shoppers from splashing out on big ticket items. The volume of sales was flat and the value down by 0.2%
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Food groups issue warning over post-Brexit trade deals 17 Oct 2019, 5:46am Food groups issue warning over post-Brexit trade deals
Major food producers have sounded the alarm bell over concerns that the government will "sacrifice" British standards in order to secure post-Brexit trade deals.
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One in three UK automotive firms laying off staff ahead of Brexit, SMMT claims  16 Oct 2019, 6:44am One in three UK automotive firms laying off staff ahead of Brexit, SMMT claims 
The SMMT said one in three UK motor firms are laying off staff with Brexit creeping closer, up from one in eight when it last surveyed the industry a year ago.
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