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Three quarters not feeling benefits of recovery

74 per cent of consumers say they have not yet felt the benefits of the fledgling economic recovery, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.

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Confidence in economic recovery continues

The latest Household Finance Index reached a near record-high in March 2014, signalling sustained optimism about the economic recovery, according to research firm Markit.

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Budget 2014: business expectations

Ahead of the Chancellor's 2014 Budget statement this afternoon, here's a summary of measures and policies that the UK's leading business groups are calling for.

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Help to Buy extended by four years

The Government has extended its Help to Buy equity loan scheme by four years, the Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

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Most start-ups based at home

Seventy per cent of all new businesses are started at home, research by AXA Business Insurance and the Enterprise Nation business network has found.

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Minimum wage rises to £6.50 an hour

The National Minimum Wage for adults is to rise by 19p an hour to £6.50, the Government has announced.

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Retail sales growth slowed in February

Retail sales fell one per cent last month when compared to February 2013, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced.

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Business leaders call for apprenticeship boost

Business leaders are calling on the Government to encourage businesses to hire more apprentices ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

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Home ownership continues decline

Home ownership in England has fallen to a 26-year low, according to new Government figures.

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