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NI shopping footfall drop

Shopper numbers in Northern Ireland dropped by 5.1 per cent year-on-year in February 2014, according to the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium.

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Gender pay gap at 33 per cent

Men in full time employment earned an average 33 per cent more than women in 2013, according to research by Halifax.

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Growth in intellectual property investment

Business investment in 'intangible' assets, such as intellectual property, increased by more than 10 per cent to £137.5 billion from 2009 to 2011, according to Government figures.

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New measures for SMEs announced

The Government is introducing new measures to support small businesses, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock has announced.

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Retail sales up 3.7 per cent

Retail sales, by quantity, were 3.7 per cent higher in February 2014 than they were in February 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics.

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Optimism grows for Scottish economy

The Scottish economy continued to strengthen in the first two months of 2014, according to the latest Business Monitor from the Bank of Scotland.

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New NI enterprise zone to boost growth

The new enterprise zone in Coleraine, announced by Chancellor George Osborne during the 2014 Budget, will be "another tool to lever economic growth", Northern Ireland Finance Minister Simon Hamilton has said.

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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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