LONDON - Britain's public finances continued to deteriorate in August after a weak start to the financial year, posing a challenge for Chancellor George Osborne as next year's general election approaches.
MANCHESTER England - The Labour party promised on Monday to keep a firm grip on spending if it wins next year's election, seeking to persuade voters with tough budget talk that the recovering economy will be safe in its hands.
LONDON, Sept 18 - British retail sales growth recovered last month after stagnating in July, driven by strong sales of furniture and a rush to buy high-powered vacuum cleaners, official data showed on Thursday.
LONDON - Demand for British factory exports fell to a 21-month low this month, causing overall orders growth to slow sharply, figures from the Confederation of British Industry showed on Thursday.
LONDON - Britain's trade deficit widened by 4 billion pounds due to imports of illegal drugs in 2012, equivalent to more than 10 percent of the country's trade shortfall that year, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
LONDON - Most Bank of England policymakers remained firmly against raising interest rates when they met this month, and data released on Wednesday showed wages rising at their slowest pace on record, indicating inflationary pressure will remain subdued.
LONDON - The earnings of British workers picked up in the three months to July but still lagged far behind inflation, even as unemployment fell more than expected, official data showed.
LONDON - British households saw their income from employment rise at the quickest pace in more than a year in August, according to a survey on Wednesday likely to be noticed by the Bank of England.
LONDON - British inflation edged down last month but house price growth surged in July at the fastest annual pace since in seven years, official data showed on Tuesday.