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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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Income tax requires '7p hike'

To tackle the UK’s massive public debt, the basic rate of income tax should be raised by 7p in the pound, a leading think tank has said.

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Recession almost over, says BCC

The UK economy is on the verge of coming out of recession, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has said.

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UK businesses becoming more productive

British businesses are showing signs of improvement in an area where they have long and traditionally lagged behind the international competition: worker productivity.

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A third of firms keep wages on hold

One out of three firms have imposed wage freezes on their employees this year, a new study has found.

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Output figures show unexpected fall

The fragile nature of the UK’s economic recovery has been exposed by new figures that have revealed a drop in manufacturing output.

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Small businesses forecasting recovery

Almost a half of small firms are anticipating an upturn in sales during the next year, a business group has claimed.

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