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

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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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British consumers battered by Brexit inflation 17 Feb 2017

LONDON British shoppers unexpectedly cut back on their spending in January as last year's Brexit vote pushed up inflation, official data showed on Friday, the strongest sign to date that the country's economy is heading for a slowdown. | Video

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Latest British 'family spending' data raises questions about true economic strength 16 Feb 2017

LONDON British household spending barely rose in the year to the end of March 2016 and was around 5 percent below the level before the financial crisis, an official survey showed on Thursday, suggesting a much more muted picture than previous data.

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UK households feel pinch from inflation's rise - survey 16 Feb 2017

LONDON British households felt their living costs rose at the fastest pace in nearly four years this month as the post-Brexit vote pickup in inflation curbed consumers' appetite for big spending, a survey by data firm Markit showed on Wednesday.

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UK wage growth slows in late 2016, employment picks up 16 Feb 2017

LONDON British workers saw their pay grow more slowly than expected at the end of last year, official data showed on Wednesday, ahead of a likely squeeze on their living standards from higher inflation in 2017.

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UK backs off banning illiquid assets in open-ended funds 09 Feb 2017

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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UK house price growth edges up after December slowdown 09 Feb 2017

LONDON British house price growth became slightly more broad-based last month after slowing in December for the first time since just after June's vote to leave the European Union, a monthly survey of property valuers showed on Thursday.

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Britons face smaller pay rises, buttressing central bank's slowdown forecast 08 Feb 2017

LONDON British employers plan to offer the least generous pay deals since 2012 this year, the Bank of England said on Wednesday, underscoring its view that the economy is set to suffer from the effects of the Brexit vote.

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UK recruiters struggle to find staff, pay jumps - REC 08 Feb 2017

LONDON British employers struggled to find the staff they needed in January, forcing them to increase starting salaries for permanent staff at the fastest pace in nine months, a survey showed on Wednesday.

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Bank of England's Forbes breaks ranks, says rates could rise soon 07 Feb 2017

LONDON Differences among Bank of England officials about the outlook for interest rates moved into sharper focus on Tuesday, as one of them said rates might need to rise soon if the growth remains solid and inflation continues to accelerate.

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House prices suffer first fall since August - Halifax

LONDON British house prices suffered their first fall in monthly terms since shortly after June's Brexit vote, mortgage lender Halifax said on Tuesday, a latest sign of a slowing in the housing market.

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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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Struggling European banks see light at end of low-rates tunnel

FRANKFURT/PARIS Rock-bottom interest rates hurt more big European banks in 2016 than in the previous year, but the worst could soon be over with the prospect of rising borrowing costs rippling from the United States to Europe.

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