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Oct 8, 2014

UK house prices rise more rapidly than expected in Sept -Halifax

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – British house prices rose more
rapidly than expected on the month in September, although the
market looks likely to moderate heading into next year, a survey
from mortgage lender Halifax showed on Wednesday.

House prices rose 0.6 percent last month, beating a Reuters
poll forecast for a 0.2 percent upturn, and compared with no
growth in August.

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Sep 30, 2014

BoE should avoid being too specific when it comes to rates guidance – Miles

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England should avoid being too specific when it tries to guide the public about the future path of interest rates and broadly stick to its current approach, one of its policymakers said on Tuesday.

Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles said the BoE’s current message – that rate hikes will be gradual and to levels below those seen before the financial crisis – was still useful because it was substantive and clear.

Sep 30, 2014

UK economy picks up in second quarter, recovery pace revised higher

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the second quarter and its recovery from the financial crisis has been less sluggish than first estimated, according to official figures that use a new way of calculating data.

Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.9 percent in the three months from April to June this year, the fastest increase since the third quarter of 2013.

Sep 30, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

UK housing market cools further as mortgage approvals slip

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – British mortgage approvals
slipped a three-month low in August, according to official data,
falling slightly more than expected and adding to signs the
housing market has cooled in recent months.

The Bank of England said mortgage approvals numbered 64,212
last month, the weakest reading since May and down from 66,100
in July. Analysts had forecast a fall to 65,000.

Sep 25, 2014