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Female representation on boards increases

The number of women on the boards of FTSE 100-listed companies has continued to increase, government figures have shown.

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Faster wage growth for private sector

Private sector wages are likely to rise faster than those in the public sector during the next 5 years, a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

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Shop prices fall 1.8% in September

Shop prices fell by 1.8% in the year to September 2014, according to figures from the British Retail Consortium and Nielsen.

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Brand Britain boosts businesses

Products labelled Made in Britain are more attractive to overseas consumers than those with no declared country of origin, a study by Barclays Corporate Banking has found.

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Majority of firms lack faith in young people

Nearly 9 in 10 businesses think young people leaving school are not prepared for the workplace, a study by the British Chambers of Commerce has found.

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Exporting UK SMEs outperform European rivals

UK SMEs have seen bigger increases in their export turnover than their European counterparts, a survey by UPS has found.

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Credit rating factors misunderstood

Just 2 out of 5 financial decision makers in UK SMEs have ever checked the business's credit report, a survey by Experian has found.

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Micro-business numbers surge

The number of micro businesses in the UK has grown by 43% since 2000, a report by insurance group RSA has found.

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Small firms unprepared for data loss

Less than a third of small businesses have plans to ensure business continuity in the event of data loss, according to a report by disaster recovery firm Databarracks.

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Brits plan to work through retirement

Less than a third of UK adults are planning to stop working after they retire, according to a poll by Aegon UK.

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