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Hot weather helps business boom

Continuing hot weather throughout the UK is boosting business trade, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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Inflation rises to 2.9 per cent in June

UK inflation, as measured on the consumer prices index (CPI), rose to 2.9 per cent in June, up from 2.7 per cent in May, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

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Local SMEs boost local economy, says report

A significantly larger proportion of the money spent by local authorities with small businesses is re-invested back into the local economy, extensive research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found.

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Interest rate and QE programme left unchanged

In its first meeting under the leadership of new governor Mark Carney, the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has voted to keep the base rate of interest at 0.5 per cent and the quantitative easing programme at £375 billion.

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Unemployment falls while wages increase

Unemployment in the UK fell by 5,000 people in the three months to January 2013, latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

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Business groups want growth measures in Spending Review

Measures to stimulate small business growth and investment should be a priority in next month's Government Spending Review, business groups have said.

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Cameron lays down G8 agenda

Tax, trade and transparency are some of the key issues Prime Minister David Cameron will raise with world leaders at this month's G8 summit.

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Retailers boosted by strong sales and price deflation

Retail sales values were up by 1.8 per cent in May, compared like-for-like with May 2012, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium. The BRC also found marginal deflation in overall shop prices.

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Cash remains king but use declines

Cash remains the most popular way to pay for goods in the UK retail industry, despite usage falling by 10 per cent in 2012, research by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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Q1 economic growth confirmed at 0.3 per cent

The UK economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of this year, official figures from the Office for National Statistics have confirmed.

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