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UK consumers remain cautious as BoE meets on rates

28 Jan 2020

LONDON British retail sales flat-lined in late December and early January, according to a survey that showed no change in weak consumer spending ahead of the Bank of England's finely balanced decision whether to cut interest rates this week.

Confidence rises in UK economy after election, but will it last?

27 Jan 2020

LONDON Prime Minister Boris Johnson's emphatic December election win has triggered a burst of optimism among British businesses and consumers, weakening the case for a Bank of England interest rate cut this week.

UK business improves after election, weakening case for rate cut, PMIs suggest

24 Jan 2020

LONDON British companies are enjoying their best month in more than a year, a survey indicated on Friday, the strongest evidence yet of a post-election boost to the economy that could keep the Bank of England from cutting interest rates next week.

UK business perks up after election, weakening case for rate cut - PMIs

24 Jan 2020

LONDON British companies are enjoying their best month in more than a year, a survey showed on Friday, the strongest evidence yet of a post-election boost to the economy that could deter the Bank of England from cutting interest rates next week.

Central banks join forces to look at future digital currencies

21 Jan 2020

LONDON/FRANKFURT Major central banks are looking at the case for issuing their own digital currencies, the Bank of England and European Central Bank said on Tuesday, amid a growing debate over the future of money and who controls it.

UK confidence signs grow as Bank of England nears rate decision

20 Jan 2020

LONDON British households grew more confident about their finances and a measure of house prices rose by a record amount for January, according to surveys which added to other signs of a brightening mood in the economy since last month's election.

Harry and Meghan to drop titles and retire as working royals

19 Jan 2020

LONDON Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain's monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. | Video

Britain's Harry and Meghan will no longer be working members of royal family - palace

19 Jan 2020

LONDON Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain's royal family and they will not use their "royal highness" titles as they embark on a more independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. | Video

REFILE-UPDATE 3-UK's Harry and Meghan to drop titles and retire as working royals

18 Jan 2020

LONDON, Jan 18 Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain's monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday.

UK consumers cut back on spending again, adding to economic gloom

17 Jan 2020

LONDON British consumers failed to increase their spending for a record fifth month in a row in December, adding to signs of economic weakening that might prompt the Bank of England to cut interest rates this month.

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