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Key issues before next week's Bank of England meeting

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LONDON, Bank of England policymakers face conflicting signals about the economy as they prepare to debate next week whether to raise borrowing costs for the first time in a decade.

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Heading to Germany because of Brexit? Call this free tax hotline 12:23pm BST

FRANKFURT The western German state of Hesse, home to Frankfurt, has set up a toll-free hotline and website - both in English - aimed at handling tax queries from finance professionals considering a move in the age of Brexit.

Pensions body says backs competition review of investment consultants 11:52am BST

LONDON Britain's Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association said on Wednesday it would support an investigation into the investment consultancy industry by the Competition and Markets Authority.

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UK mortgage approvals edge lower in June - UK Finance 11:47am BST

LONDON British banks approved the fewest mortgages for house purchase since September 2016 last month, though the total sum lent was the highest since March 2016, industry figures showed on Wednesday.

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UK watchdog to require banks to publish data on service 25 Jul 2017

LONDON Banks in Britain will have to publish data every quarter from next year to show the quality of service they provide to customers to try to boost competition, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) proposed on Tuesday.

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British grocery inflation stabilises - Kantar Worldpanel 25 Jul 2017

LONDON One year on from Britain's vote to leave the European Union grocery price rises are no longer accelerating, industry data showed on Tuesday.

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England to ban the sale of new 'leasehold' houses 25 Jul 2017

LONDON Britain unveiled proposals on Tuesday to ban the sale of new leasehold houses which oblige the owner of the lease to pay ground rent to a freeholder, after concern some buyers are facing sharply increasing costs for years afterwards.

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It's official - sweet-toothed Britons hit hardest by 'shrinkflation' 24 Jul 2017

Britain's sweet and chocolate lovers have been hit hardest by shrinking packet sizes, according to official figures published on Monday.

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UK households face sharpest squeeze in three years - IHS Markit 24 Jul 2017

LONDON British households' financial situation has deteriorated at the fastest rate in three years this month, as families increasingly shy away from big purchases like cars, holidays and household appliances, a survey showed on Monday.

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Lloyds bank makes offers on compensation for fraud after delay 21 Jul 2017

LONDON Lloyds Banking Group said it on Friday it was close to making compensation offers to 30 of the 67 customers impacted by one of Britain's biggest banking frauds after criticism about the pace of redress.

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Pace of British construction activity slows as Brexit delays investment - survey

The pace of growth in Britain's construction industry slowed over the second quarter as investment was delayed by uncertainty over Brexit and the general election, a leading property body reported on Thursday.

Northern Trust clients 'segregate' UK from European exposure

LONDON Around a third of Northern Trust's institutional clients have asked it to ringfence British exposure from their broader European portfolios to protect them from Brexit-related risks.

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UK to crack down on 'rip off' card fees

LONDON Britain will stop companies ranging from takeaway food apps to airlines from charging an extra fee to consumers who want to use credit cards and other payment services, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. | Video

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