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UK factory orders grow at slowest rate in 11 months - CBI

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LONDON Growth in British factory orders slowed to its weakest in almost a year this month, a monthly survey from the Confederation of British Industry showed on Monday, though firms were working at their closest to full capacity in 20 years.

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UK posts narrowest September deficit for 10 years in boost for Hammond 20 Oct 2017

LONDON Britain's budget deficit narrowed last month to its lowest level for any September in the past 10 years, in a boost for embattled Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of next month's annual budget.

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Bank of England's Cunliffe - no clear case for rate hike soon 20 Oct 2017

LONDON Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe said on Thursday it was not clear that interest rates needed to rise soon, showing at least two of the central bank's nine policymakers are unlikely to vote for a hike in November.

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Bank of England's 'unreliable boyfriend' needs to get message right 20 Oct 2017

LONDON For the Bank of England, the hard bit about finally raising interest rates will be getting borrowers to heed the message it is likely to send: that they should not fear many more hikes any time soon.

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Moody's warns UK consumers are vulnerable to BoE rate hike 19 Oct 2017

LONDON British consumers are vulnerable to a hike in interest rates, ratings agency Moody's said on Thursday, two weeks before the Bank of England is widely expected to hike borrowing costs for the first time in more than a decade.

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Britain to launch monthly GDP estimates next July 19 Oct 2017

LONDON Britain's Office for National Statistics said on Thursday it will introduce a monthly measure of gross domestic product (GDP) in July next year.

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Jobs-rich, wages-poor economy raises big questions - BoE's Haldane 19 Oct 2017

LONDON Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said on Thursday that Britain's strong employment growth but weak wage increases raised questions about what was happening in the economy with implications for monetary police.

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UK third-quarter retail sales growth weakest in four years as inflation bites 19 Oct 2017

LONDON British retail sales slowed unexpectedly sharply in September, dragging quarterly growth to its weakest annual rate since 2013 and suggesting consumer demand remains uncertain as the Bank of England nears its first rate rise in a decade.

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Millions of Britons in financial difficulty 18 Oct 2017

LONDON Over four million people in Britain are having difficulties paying their monthly bills, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said on Wednesday, at a time when inflation is rising and interest rates may follow.

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UK pay lags inflation again, BoE still seen raising rates 18 Oct 2017

LONDON British pay growth has lagged behind inflation again, official data showed on Wednesday, adding to questions about how quickly the Bank of England will raise interest rates after an initial hike expected on Nov. 2. | Video

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