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FCA proposes to widen ombudsman access to SMEs

The UK´s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed to widen access to the Financial Ombudsman beyond just consumers and micro enterprises, giving thousands of other organisations the right to bring complaints.

James Hester
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Germany makes breakthrough in forming coalition

Germany drew ever closer to its political goal of forming a grand coalition on Sunday, but the news failed to ignite market confidence across Europe as global investors looked Stateswards at the potential impact of the US government shutdown

Neil Dennis

Economic preview: spotlight on UK wage growth and rate calls

A couple of the world's biggest central banks are in action this week as monetary policy meetings at both Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank deliver decisions on Tuesday and Thursday respectively

Neil Dennis
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Retail sales figures show change in consumer behaviour

The latest retail sales figures have highlighted changing consumer behaviour – with the Black Friday phenomenon making a big impact on UK consumer behaviour.

Richard Reed
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Dollar looking weak as US government shutdown looms

The dollar is looking weak against other currencies as US government is facing its first shutdown in four years, say analysts. Democrat senators appear poised to block the latest funding bill to keep the government running.

Richard Reed

UK retail sales fall in December

UK retail sales recorded the biggest fall since July 2016 in December, as signs emerged that British consumers had grabbed up discounts a month earlier than the traditional Christmas shopping period

Neil Dennis
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RICS reports slowing growth in demand for UK housing

Britian's housing market received a double dose of gloom on Thursday as estate agent Countrywide warned of lower than expected full-year earnings, while UK chartered surveyors reported worsening demand for homes

Neil Dennis

Chinese economy grows at fastest pace in two years

China's economy grew at a faster pace than expected in 2017 despite measures by the government that were expected to have slowed growth in the fourth quarter, official data showed on Thursday

Neil Dennis

RBS boss to appear in front of MPs amid small business unit scandal

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Ross McEwan is to be hauled in front of MPs later this month to answer questions on the lender’s treatment of small businesses after yet more damning details of the scandal emerged.

Alison Bloomer

Euro falls after dip in eurozone consumer price inflation

Monthly inflation in the eurozone rose by more than expected in December, but the annual headline rate fell, lending weight to the European Central Bank's current monetary policy stance

Neil Dennis

Sterling eases against the dollar

Sterling eased against the dollar on Tuesday, though still remains up against the greenback year to date for 2018.

James Hester

UK fraud jumps 538% to £2.11bn

The value of UK fraud has jumped by 538% over the past 15 years, according to BDO. The accountancy and business advisory firm says the total value of fraud is also up 6.5% versus 2016.

James Hester
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UK consumer inflation dips in December

Consumer price rises dipped in the UK in December, with upstream inflationary pressures easing more sharply than expected as fuel and materials costs edged lower

Neil Dennis

German inflation dips but rising oil prices still to have impact

German consumer prices dipped in December as a fall in the prices of household energy kept a lid on inflation at the end of 2017

Neil Dennis

Euro climbs to 3-year high on ECB policy expectations

The euro rose above $1.22 versus the dollar for the first time since late 2014 on Monday as investors raised their expectations that the European Central Bank will be forced to tighten monetary policy sooner than current forecasts

Neil Dennis

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