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UK retail sales dive as inflation weighs, jolting sterling

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LONDON British retail sales suffered their biggest slump in more than four years in December, denting what had been a promising fourth quarter and rattling sterling as more signs emerged of a pick-up in inflation since June's Brexit vote.

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UK house price growth slows for first time since July - RICS 19 Jan 2017

LONDON Britain's housing market had its weakest month since just after June's Brexit vote in December as house price growth slowed and the number of homes sold fell slightly, a closely watched survey of property valuers showed on Wednesday.

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UK consumers to be more cautious spenders, GDP growth to slow - Reuters poll 18 Jan 2017

LONDON British consumers will be cautious about spending this year as inflation soars, but the country will avoid recession as the Bank of England is expected to maintain its ultra-easy policy stance, a Reuters poll found.

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Number of UK workers edges down again, but pay growth picks up pace 18 Jan 2017

LONDON British workers saw their pay grow at the fastest pace in more than a year in the three months to November, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to signs that the country's economy ended 2016 strongly despite the shock of the Brexit vote.

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Rising inflation hurts outlook for UK households - survey 18 Jan 2017

LONDON Rising inflation weighed on the financial outlook of British households in January, a survey showed on Wednesday, an early sign that price pressures caused by sterling's fall after the Brexit vote may be starting to worry consumers.

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Brexit hit pushes UK inflation to highest since mid-2014 17 Jan 2017

LONDON British inflation rose more strongly than expected in December to hit its highest level since mid-2014, propelled by the Brexit-fuelled fall in the value of sterling which looks set to hit consumers' spending power harder in the coming months. | Video

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UK businesses wary about investment on Brexit doubts - survey   17 Jan 2017

LONDON British businesses are increasingly cautious about their investment plans as they worry about how the country's planned departure from the European Union will affect the economy this year, a survey showed on Tuesday.

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Bank borrowing by smaller UK firms falls again - Bank of England 13 Jan 2017

LONDON A post-Brexit vote slump in demand for bank lending among small and medium-sized British firms continued into the last three months of 2016 and banks expect small companies will remain reluctant to borrow in early 2017, the Bank of England said.

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British jobless rate unlikely to rise much in 2017 - Bank of England's Saunders 13 Jan 2017

LONDON British unemployment is unlikely to rise this year by as much as the Bank of England forecast two months ago, and should instead stay close to its current 11-year low, one of the bank's policymakers said on Friday.

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BoE's Carney - curbing consumer lending would be 'big call' 12 Jan 2017

LONDON Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said it would be a "big call" for the central bank to rein in rapid growth in consumer lending, which picked up strongly last year and brought some echoes of the period before the global financial crisis.

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