UK Economics Correspondent, London
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Aug 11, 2014
Aug 10, 2014

UK truckers busy as recovery builds, but pay still in the slow lane

LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Truck drivers in the Midlands
region of England have not been this busy for six years, but
there’s little sign of it in their pockets. It’s a theme
repeated across the country, as workers’ pay has failed to
reflect Britain’s surprisingly strong economic recovery.

“There is an absolutely huge shortage of drivers in the
Midlands,” said Neil Renwick, 46, a self-employed driver of
44-tonne vehicles who has been crisscrossing Britain for nearly
30 years.

Aug 8, 2014
Aug 8, 2014

UK trade deficit widens in June, but construction recovers

LONDON (Reuters) – Sagging exports pushed Britain’s trade deficit to a five-month high in June, suggesting a more balanced economic recovery still looks a way off, although the construction industry recovered from a dip in May.

Exports of British goods to countries outside the European Union fell to their lowest level since September 2011, coinciding with the pound hitting a near six-year high against the dollar.

Aug 8, 2014
Aug 7, 2014
Aug 6, 2014
Aug 6, 2014
Aug 6, 2014

UK house prices surge again, but industrial data disappoint

LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Consumers continued to power
Britain’s economy last month as house prices surged and car
sales boomed, although weak industrial output in June was a
reminder that a balanced recovery still looks a way off.

House prices recorded their biggest annual rise last month
since the start of the financial crisis, figures from mortgage
lender Halifax showed on Wednesday, casting doubt on other signs
that the housing market may be slowing.

Aug 4, 2014