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Business leaders look ahead to 2014

The UK's leading business organisations have expressed optimism for the year ahead but called on the Government to introduce new measures to ensure that the most is made of the early signs of economic recovery.

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UK economy strongest in Europe by 2030

The UK will overtake Germany and France to be Europe’s strongest economy by 2030, according to predictions from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

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Retail sales up 0.3 per cent in November

British retail sales rose by 0.3 per cent in November but were flat over the last three months, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Northern Ireland unemployment figure rises

The number of unemployed people in Northern Ireland increased by 5,000 to 65,000 between August and October, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

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Inflation drops to 2.1 per cent

The consumer prices index rate of inflation fell to 2.1 per cent in November, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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SME population hits six year high

The number of small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK reached a six-year high of 2.16 million in 2013, according to the National Association for Commercial Finance Brokers.

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Earnings rise slower than inflation

Average UK earnings have risen slower than the rate of inflation for the fifth year running, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Production up 3.2 per cent year-on-year

Total production output in the UK grew by 3.2 per cent between October 2012 and October 2013, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

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Medium sized businesses leading economic recovery

Businesses that employ between 50 and 499 people and have an annual turnover of between £10 and 100 million are leading the UK's economic recovery, research from the Confederation of British Industry has found.

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Inflation falls to 2.2 per cent

The cost of goods and services for consumers increased by 2.2 per cent between October 2012 and October 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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