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Pre-Budget Report must 'support' business investment

The Chancellor should use the pre-Budget Report to provide firms with the sort of financial environment necessary for progressive investment.

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Economy still contracting but at slower rate

The UK economy is still shrinking but at a more moderate rate.

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Firms finding it harder than ever to secure finance

Increasing numbers of small and medium-sized businesses are struggling to access the finance they need in order to grow.

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Economy 'just starting out' on road to recovery

The UK is entering the early stages of its recovery from recession but still faces many challenges, Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England has said.

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Job losses predicted to continue into the recovery

Employers look set to shed more jobs in the final quarter of the year, suggesting that the UK labour market will remain under pressure even as the economy emerges from the downturn.

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Job vacancies on the increase

Both permanent and temporary job vacancies showed a rise last month.

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Service sector registers strongest performance for two years

The UK’s services industry has posted its best growth figures since the end of the summer of 2007, a new survey has claimed.

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Consumer confidence shows signs of recovery

Confidence among UK consumers, although still fragile, is at its highest for some 18 months.

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Business tax rises will 'push up' unemployment

The government has been urged not to impose additional taxes on smaller businesses.

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