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In countdown to election, rate hike moves to centre stage


LONDON - Britain's politicians and central bankers are watching one another even more closely than usual as the timing of a general election and a headline-making interest rate rise look set to converge.

Osborne to deliver budget statement on December 3 1:32pm BST

LONDON - The British government will release a half-yearly budget update and new fiscal forecasts on Dec. 3, Chancellor George Osborne said on Tuesday.

UK inflation expectations for next 12 months edge up in August 1:27pm BST

LONDON - Britons' expectations for inflation over the next 12 months edged up in August to 2.3 percent from 2.2 percent in July, a monthly poll by YouGov showed on Tuesday.

Complaints against British banks fall 42 percent 7:23am BST

LONDON - The number of complaints against British banks fell by nearly 42 percent in the first half of 2014, driven by a decline in the number of cases relating to the mis-selling of loan insurance, the Financial Ombudsman Service said on Tuesday.

UK mortgage approvals fell in July 01 Sep 2014

LONDON - British mortgage approvals fell slightly in July, matching expectations, according to official data on Monday that pointed to some moderation in the housing market.


Risk-averse UK investors slash equity holdings in August 29 Aug 2014

LONDON - British investment managers slashed their equity holdings in August and bumped up their bets on bonds as heightened global tensions prompted a move away from risky assets, a poll showed.


UK to enjoy fastest growth since 2007 - British Chambers of Commerce 28 Aug 2014

LONDON - Britain's economy looks set to grow at its fastest rate since 2007 this year, but the rapid pace is unlikely to be sustained, the British Chambers of Commerce said on Wednesday after nudging up its growth forecasts for this year and next.

UK home prices to rise 9 pct this year, but BoE could curb rise 28 Aug 2014

LONDON - British house prices are expected to rise 9 percent this year and 6 percent next, as gains in the London market push already overpriced homes in the capital even further out of reach for many buyers, a Reuters poll found.


British banks approve fewer home loans in July - BBA 26 Aug 2014

LONDON - British banks approved fewer home loans last month than they did in June, as tighter rules on mortgages lending introduced late in April took some of the heat out of the housing market, industry data showed on Tuesday.


UK retail sales growth falls to 8-month low, public finances weak 21 Aug 2014

LONDON - British retail sales grew in July at the slowest annual rate since November last year, while the government failed to make major inroads into a looming overshoot in public borrowing, data showed on Friday.


UK construction growth strongest in seven months

LONDON - Construction output in Britain grew at its fastest pace in seven months in August, boosting job creation but also putting strain on suppliers, industry data showed on Tuesday.

Top pension funds see total assets near $15 trillion

LONDON - The world's 300 biggest pension funds saw their combined assets rise 6.2 percent to $14.9 trillion in 2013, research from Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson showed.


'Good news' shock could kill the five-year-old bull market

LONDON - If bad economic news continues to translate into good news for investors, any sharp acceleration of the world economy from here could well kill off the long-running equity bull market.

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