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    The economic bonds tying Tajikistan -- a country of eight million people -- to its gargantuan neighbour China are growing stronger every day

  • Euro falls as Greece votes 'No' to bailout package Reuters - UK Focus - 22 hours ago

    The euro fell sharply on Monday in Asia-Pacific trading after Greeks looked to have overwhelmingly rejected austerity measures demanded in return for bailout money. "This does two things: it legitimises the stance of the Greek government and it leaves the ball in Europe's court," ANZ Bank analysts said in a note.

  • Heathrow is putting UK’s future first let it grow Telegraph - Sun, Jul 5, 2015 19:43 BST

    Expanding the airport will signal to the world that Britain is open for business, says Sir Nigel Rudd

  • Sterling inches up after UK services PMI beats expectations Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 3, 2015 09:42 BST

    Sterling inched higher against the dollar on Friday, hitting an intraday high, after data showed Britain's dominant services sector grew more than expected last month, suggesting the economy was picking ...

  • UK services PMI jumps in June, signaling faster economic growth Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 3, 2015 09:30 BST

    Britain's private-sector services grew more than expected last month, suggesting the economic recovery picked up going into the second half of the year, a survey showed on Friday. Combined with similar manufacturing and construction surveys earlier this week, Markit (NasdaqGS: MRKT - news) said the gain suggested Britain's …

  • Euro zone business activity expanded at its fastest pace in four years last month as the European Central Bank's stimulus package more than offset fears Greece could crash out of the currency union, surveys showed. Speculation that Athens would miss a 1.6 billion-euro repayment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday …

  • Irish services sector surges to nine-year high - PMI Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Jul 3, 2015 06:00 BST

    Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's services sector grew at its fastest pace in nine years in June, thanks to increases in new business and prices charged, a survey showed on Friday. The Investec Purchasing Managers' Index of activity in services, which covers businesses from banks to hotels, stood at 63.3 in June, up …

  • South Korea injects $20 bln stimulus into MERS-hit economy

    South Korea forecasts its economy will grow 3.1% this year and 3.5% next year

  • Irish tax take 4 pct above target at end-June Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 16:30 BST

    Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's tax take was 4.1 percent or over 800 million euros above target at the end of June, with income, corporation and value-added taxes all growing strongly, data showed on Thursday. Government spending in the first six months of the year was also 1.5 percent or just over 300 million euros …

  • Ex-Irish PM Cowen defends policies in banking inquiry blame game Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 14:46 BST

    Former Prime Minister Brian Cowen robustly defended policies he put in place ahead of Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's financial crisis, accepting responsibility for the consequences but following others in spreading blame at a parliamentary inquiry. Irish lawmakers are questioning former bank executives, government …

  • UK to give English lawmakers veto powers in British parliament Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 13:06 BST

    English lawmakers will be given a veto in Britain's parliament over legislation that only impacts England, the government said on Thursday, removing the ability of Scottish lawmakers to have a decisive say on laws that do not affect them. Decades-old grievances over imbalances in the way laws are made in Britain came to …

  • The UK construction sector bounced back in June, according to a higher than expected reading of the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) from Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)....

  • UK construction PMI rises to 4-month high in June Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Jul 2, 2015 09:30 BST

    British construction activity grew at its fastest rate in four months in June, and confidence in the sector surged to an 11-year high, as growth resumed after a lull in the run-up to May's national election. The monthly Markit (NasdaqGS: MRKT - news) /CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 58.1 in June from 55.9 …

  • Bullish U.S. jobs, factory data brighten growth picture Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 21:55 BST

    The brightening growth outlook was also bolstered by other data on Wednesday showing auto sales remained strong in June and construction spending rose in May to its highest level in just over 6-1/2 years. A strong June jobs number would make it clear the economy can absorb a rate hike and the Fed can move at any time it …

  • A new low-cost health insurance product has been launched that aims to bridge the gap between NHS care and private medical insurance, offering cover for most conditions, but with payouts capped at £15,000 ...

  • UK manufacturing growth slows to 26-month low Sharecast - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 10:40 BST

    Growth in British manufacturing activity unexpectedly slowed to its lowest level in 26 months in June, data from Markit and the CIPS showed on Wednesday.

  • UK productivity returns to modest growth in Q1 Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 10:17 BST

    British economic productivity returned to modest growth in the first three months of the year, official data showed on Wednesday, giving some encouragement to the Bank of England as it holds interest rates at a record low. British productivity has been weak since the start of the recovery as employment has outpaced rapid …

  • UK manufacturing growth hits two-year low in June -PMI Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 09:30 BST

    The Markit/CIPS manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 51.4, the weakest reading since April 2013, from a downwardly revised 51.9 in May. The slowdown in manufacturing means Britain's economy will become even more reliant on other sectors, such as services, to drive growth, said data company Markit (NasdaqGS: …

  • China manufacturing sees slight pick-up in June AFP - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 06:56 BST
    China manufacturing sees slight pick-up in June

    The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) came in at 50.2 last month, matching May's six-month high

  • Irish manufacturing growth rate slips to 16-month low -PMI Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Jul 1, 2015 06:00 BST

    Irish manufacturing expanded at its slowest rate in 16 months in June with growth easing in both new orders and employment, a survey showed on Wednesday. Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) was the fastest growing economy in the European Union last year and most economic indicators have been positive this year, although …

  • Despite an outstanding record, the Tories are still under attack for their handling of the economy. The fate of British prosperity hangs on this election

  • 1446: The Chicago PMI rose to 49.4 in June from 46.2 the previous month, figures released on Tuesday showed.

  • UK economic growth revised up, buoyed by consumer spending Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 14:08 BST

    Britain's economy enjoyed a stronger start to the year than previously thought, buoyed by big-spending consumers and an upturn in business investment, but weak exports continued to act as a drag on growth. New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQ - news) official data on Tuesday showed that over the past year, British households have seen …

  • Stronger construction sector boosts UK economy Telegraph - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:30 BST

    GDP growth in the first quarter was better than first thought, following changes to the way construction output is measured

  • Growing construction sector boosts UK economy Telegraph - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:30 BST

    GDP growth in the first quarter was better than first thought, following changes to the way construction output is measured

  • German unemployment steady at historic low in June AFP - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:12 BST
    German unemployment steady at historic low in June

    The number of people registered as unemployed in Germany fell by a seasonally-adjusted 1,000 to 2.786 million, the lowest level since December 1991, the Federal Labour Office says

  • Eurozone CPI in line with expectations in June Sharecast - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:37 BST

    Consumer prices in the Eurozone grew at a slower pace in June, official figures released on Tuesday showed.

  • UK economic growth revised higher: official data AFP - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 11:06 BST
    UK economic growth revised higher: official data

    Britain's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter but output was still lower compared with the end of last year, official data showed on Tuesday

  • Growth Revised Up As Disposable Incomes Soar Sky News - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:56 BST
    Growth Revised Up As Disposable Incomes Soar

    Disposable incomes are rising at their fastest pace since 2001, according to official figures which have also revealed an upwards revision to GDP growth. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) measured a 4.5% increase in household disposable income on an annual basis in the first quarter of the year. The news signalled …

  • Sterling strengthens after UK growth revised up Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:40 BST

    Sterling extended gains against the euro and recovered some ground against the dollar on Tuesday, after data showed Britain's economy grew more strongly than previously thought in the first quarter. The economy grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, revising up from an …

  • UK economic growth revised up, household real incomes surge Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:37 BST

    Britain's economy grew more strongly than previously thought in the first three months of the year, and households' disposable income rose at the fastest annual pace since 2001. The economy grew 0.4 percent in the first quarter, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday, revising up from an initial estimate of …

  • UK first quarter GDP growth rate revised higher Sharecast - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 10:37 BST

    The British economy grew slightly more quickly than expected at the start of 2015.

  • GDP Revised Up And Disposable Incomes Soar Sky News - Tue, Jun 30, 2015 09:57 BST
    Growth Revised Up As Disposable Incomes Soar

    Disposable incomes are rising at their fastest pace since 2001, according to official figures which have also revealed an upwards revision to GDP growth. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) measured a 4.5% increase in household disposable income on an annual basis in the first quarter of the year. The news signalled …

  • German CPI surprising, BNP Paribus says Sharecast - Mon, Jun 29, 2015 15:41 BST

    A drop in the German consumer price index for June was surprising, BNP Paribas said on Monday.

  • Japan factory production down 2.2% on-month in May AFP - Mon, Jun 29, 2015 01:53 BST
    Japan factory production down 2.2% on-month in May

    Analysts had expressed concern about the health of the Japanese economy, particularly that weak demand overseas could dent factory output

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