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UK mortgage approvals hit 12-month high in January - BBA

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LONDON British banks approved the most mortgages in a year last month and consumer borrowing saw some of its fastest growth of the past decade, industry data showed on Friday, contrasting with earlier signs of slowing momentum.

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Lull in once-rampant British housing market to persist for years - Reuters poll 23 Feb 2017

LONDON The British housing market, on a tear for more than two decades with only a brief correction during the financial crisis, appears to be set for a long pause as the government negotiates its exit from the European Union.

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UK average pay deal inches up to 2 percent - XpertHR 23 Feb 2017

LONDON British companies gave staff an average 2 percent annual pay rise in the three months to the end of January, unchanged from a year earlier, according to data on Thursday which offered little sign that employees will be shielded from rising inflation.

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One fifth of UK shoppers fear Brexit may impact spending - PwC survey 23 Feb 2017

LONDON More than 20 percent of UK consumers are worried about the impact of Brexit on their spending plans over the next year, according to a report published by PwC on Thursday.

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UK inflation expectations steady for year ahead, rise further out 23 Feb 2017

LONDON The British public's expectations for inflation over the coming year held at their highest level in more than three years last month but rose for inflation further ahead, a monthly survey by bank Citi and polling firm YouGov showed on Thursday.

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Barratt to build fewer homes in London 22 Feb 2017

LONDON Britain's biggest housebuilder Barratt said it will build around 20 percent fewer homes in London in 2016/17 and nationwide completions were unlikely to grow very much despite government efforts to boost supply.

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British Gas to launch 100 million pound customer loyalty scheme 22 Feb 2017

LONDON Centrica owned British Gas, Britain's biggest energy supplier, said on Wednesday it would invest 100 million pounds in reduced bills and Sky pay-TV packages as part of a customer reward programme.

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BoE's Carney put on the spot by MPs over low-rate view 21 Feb 2017

LONDON Bank of England Governor Mark Carney faced a challenge from MPs on Tuesday over the way the Bank changed one of its fundamental assumptions about Britain's economy, which helps it justify keeping interest rates at a record low.

Asset managers push back against UK rule change proposals 21 Feb 2017

LONDON Asset managers on Monday marshalled their defence against proposed changes by their regulator aimed at boosting value for investors by cutting costs and increasing competition.

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Asking prices for UK homes show smallest February rise since 2009 - Rightmove 20 Feb 2017

LONDON Asking prices for homes in England and Wales are rising more slowly due to rising consumer price inflation, worries about Brexit and tighter lending rules, property data firm Rightmove said on Monday, adding to signs of a slowing property market.

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UK backs off banning illiquid assets in open-ended funds

LONDON Britain's financial watchdog has decided against a shake-up of open-ended funds, concluding that changes such as a ban on them holding illiquid assets would do little to make them safer.

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Tata Steel UK workers accept cuts to pension benefits

LONDON Tata Steel's British workers voted on Wednesday to accept pension benefit cuts in return for safeguards on jobs and investment, although the Indian company's plan to spin off its entire UK pension scheme still faces regulatory hurdles.

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Institutional investors pull $469 bln from equities in 2016-report

LONDON Institutional investors pulled $468.8 billion out of equities in 2016, a report by the research firm eVestment showed on Tuesday, notwithstanding a rally late in the year that drove stock markets to record highs.

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