Job crunch Britain: how have you been affected?

November 10, 2008

Net job creation in the UK has almost stopped as employers feel pessimistic about prospects for the economy, the latest quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey by KPMG and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found.

Is the rates decision a good move?

September 4, 2008

Bank of England policymakers have held rates steady at 5 percent for a fifth month running.

Comeback for the Misery Index

August 21, 2008

misery4.jpgCredit crunch, surging food prices, rising unemployment, house prices tumbling, maybe even a recession …. isn’t it all enough to make you feel miserable? And I’m not even mentioning the dismal British summer weather.

Has the Bank been too cautious?

August 7, 2008

rtx71g6.jpgBattling with the twin evils of soaring inflation and weaker growth, the Bank of England has kept interest rates at 5 percent for the fourth month running.

R-word looms as retail sales slump

July 24, 2008

Exactly one year since the credit crunch started retail sales have shown their biggest fall on record in Britain, news that is likely to spur recession talk among consumers, who are already feeling the pinch from rising fuel and food costs.

Food for thought

July 7, 2008

food1.jpgGordon Brown is asking us to stop wasting so much food and suggests that if we threw less away, demand would fall and then so too would food prices.

Are you feeling the pinch?

June 17, 2008

pounds-in-hand.jpgAnnual inflation has hit 3.3 percent, its highest level since the Bank of England was given control of interest rates 11 years ago.

On the rack in Bournemouth

May 21, 2008

smith.jpgJacqui Smith has probably faced some unwelcoming audiences in her time as Home Secretary but it is unlikely she has faced one as tough as the 1,000 angry police officers she encountered on Wednesday.