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UK households upbeat about their income, worried over Brexit

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LONDON British households are the most upbeat about their finances since early 2015, buoyed by near-record employment, but the approach of Brexit and concerns about inflation are making them worry more about the future, a survey showed on Monday.

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Dimming UK services growth raises questions over BoE hike 03 Aug 2018

LONDON Growth in British services companies slowed in July by more than expected, raising further questions about the Bank of England's decision to raise interest rates before Brexit, a survey showed on Friday.

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RBS customers take to Twitter to complain of card payment problem 03 Aug 2018

LONDON Customers of Royal Bank of Scotland's NatWest brand complained on Twitter on Thursday that they were unable to make debit card payments, with their cards being repeatedly declined.

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Bank of England raises rates above crisis lows, signals no rush for next hike 02 Aug 2018

LONDON The Bank of England pushed interest rates above their financial crisis lows on Thursday, but signalled it was in no hurry to raise them further as Britain heads for Brexit next year with no clear plan for leaving the European Union. | Video

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UK markets watchdog tightens safeguards on remittances 02 Aug 2018

LONDON Britain's markets watchdog proposed new rules on Wednesday to stop banks and other firms from offering misleading currency exchange rates to people sending money abroad electronically.

FCA issues warning on 'alternative' CFDs 01 Aug 2018

LONDON Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said on Wednesday it would keep a closer eye on firms selling high-risk and speculative investments to retail clients following recent actions by its European peer to supervise sales of contracts for difference (CFDs).

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UK shop price deflation weakest since December - BRC 01 Aug 2018

LONDON British shop prices fell in July at their slowest pace since the end of 2017 and food inflation picked up speed, according to data on Wednesday that will be little relief for households still feeling the pinch on their spending power.

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UK house prices pick up a little speed in July - Nationwide 01 Aug 2018

LONDON British house prices gained a bit of momentum in July after rising at their slowest annual rate in five years in June, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Wednesday.

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BoE should raise rates, but be ready for U-turn - NIESR 01 Aug 2018

LONDON The Bank of England should raise interest rates this week but also tell the public it will be ready to make a U-turn if Brexit talks sour or trade tensions with the United States escalate, a leading economic think tank said on Wednesday.

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MPs criticise Lloyds' fraud redress scheme as 'unfair' 31 Jul 2018

LONDON A group of MPs on Monday wrote to the financial watchdog and the board of Lloyds Banking Group accusing the bank of "victim blaming" and "unfairness" in its redress scheme for victims of a fraud at its HBOS Reading division.

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UK house price growth slows in May - Nationwide

LONDON British house prices rose less than expected in May, figures from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Thursday, adding to evidence of a slowing property market since the 2016 Brexit vote.

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Investors seek cover as trade battles rattle world markets

LONDON Investors have sharply increased their use of hedging strategies, signalling concerns that the intensifying trade battle between the United States and China might hit economies from Germany to South Korea.

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European funds raise U.S. stocks, cut EMs on trade war fears

LONDON European fund managers raised their U.S. equity holdings to the highest level in at least five years in July, but they slashed their emerging-market stocks exposure, worried about the impact of a full-blown trade war.

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