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UK employers pick up pace of hiring, Brexit challenge nears - REC

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LONDON British employers hired permanent workers via recruitment firms at the quickest pace in three months in November although a run of sharply rising pay offers slowed a bit, a group representing recruiters said on Friday.

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UK public's inflation outlook rises to four-year high, BoE survey shows 08 Dec 2017

LONDON The British public expects the Bank of England to overshoot its inflation target by the most since 2013 in coming years and foresee the biggest chance of further interest rate rises in over a decade, a BoE survey showed on Friday.

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UK house prices rise by more than expected in November - Halifax 07 Dec 2017

LONDON British house prices rose by more than expected in November and for a fifth month in a row, mortgage lender Halifax said on Thursday.

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Inflation-hit UK shoppers hunt Black Friday bargains, spend more on food - BRC 05 Dec 2017

LONDON, Dec 5 British shoppers snapped up Black Friday bargains last month but an increasing share of their budgets was taken up by the rising cost of food, retailers said on Tuesday.

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Provident hit again as UK regulator opens new probe 05 Dec 2017

Britain's financial watchdog has launched a second probe into Provident Financial's lending practices, dealing a fresh blow to a company struggling to revive its door-to-door operations and sending its shares down as much as 16 percent.

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Housebuilding spurs modest rebound in UK construction - PMI 04 Dec 2017

LONDON, Housebuilding spurred a recovery in Britain's construction industry last month, making up for weakness in other parts of a largely downbeat sector, a survey showed on Monday.

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RBS to close a quarter of its UK branches, drawing criticism 01 Dec 2017

LONDON British state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said on Friday it will close around a quarter of its branches and cut 680 jobs as it cuts costs and encourages customers to use digital services, drawing criticism from lawmakers. | Video

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UK house price growth weaker than expected in November - Nationwide 30 Nov 2017

LONDON British house price growth, which has slowed since last year's Brexit vote, was weaker than expected in November, according to figures published by mortgage lender Nationwide on Thursday.

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UK consumer sentiment sinks to 16-month low, house prices weak 30 Nov 2017

LONDON British consumers, the main drivers of the economy, are their least confident since just after last year's Brexit vote, and business morale has also softened, surveys showed on Thursday, adding to signs of a further economic slowdown in 2018.

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Rapid UK consumer borrowing growth cools again 29 Nov 2017

LONDON Britons took on credit at the slowest rate in 18 months in October, easing some of the Bank of England's concerns about a rapid build-up of household debt, but other figures on Wednesday pointed to a murky outlook for the economy ahead of Brexit.

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As Brexit nears, new London office construction slows - survey

The number of new office developments in London is falling as higher construction costs and uncertainty over Brexit lead builders to delay new schemes, a closely-watched industry survey showed on Tuesday.

Pension funds, small businesses boost growth in UK alternative finance

LONDON Britain's alternative finance market grew by 43 percent in 2016, research showed on Friday, with interest from start-ups, small businesses and institutional investors helping to boost demand for services such as crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending.

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British government set to sell securities backed by student loans

LONDON (Reuters/IFR) - The British government has begun a much-delayed sale of asset-backed securities backed by student loans, in what it expects to be the first of a series of sales that could bring in 12 billion pounds for the finance ministry.

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