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10th June 2013: Austerity or Growth?...

Posted on Jun 10 2013 by
Governments are treading a fine line between adopting a programme of austerity and not knocking countries back into crippling recession. The experience of countries varies. Within the Eurozone, Germany posted the strongest...

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3rd June 2013: Portugal Deficit Update...

Posted on Jun 04 2013 by
Portugal’s long and arduous process of fiscal adjustment has not been without obstacles and the latest stumbling blocks have threatened to undermine much of the recent progress. Two years on from Portugal’s €78 billion...

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27th May 2013: Key Sectoral Trends...

Posted on May 28 2013 by
Short-term trends are bleak: the weak eurozone is adversely affecting manufacturing via export demand whilst smaller businesses are being held back by lack of credit. Banks are under pressure from regulators and the public sector...

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13th May 2013: UK Housing Market Update...

Posted on May 20 2013 by
The latest seasonally adjusted Nationwide quarterly house price index (released on 28th March 2013) shows that UK house prices were marginally up (0.8% q-o-q) in 2013q1, finally bringing annual growth into positive, albeit muted,...

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UK Labour Market Statistics – April release...

Posted on Apr 22 2013 by
The latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the shine is finally coming off the UK labour market in line with our expectations. Employment failed to rise; in fact, it fell by a marginal...

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Regional Round-up : March 2013...

Posted on Apr 02 2013 by
Data published in February shows some improvement in outcomes although this trend is more marked in the south of the country and, in particular, London. The Lloyds TSB/Markit PMI index of private sector activity shows a rise in...

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UK Labour Market Statistics – February Release...

Posted on Feb 20 2013 by
Office for National Statistics data show that the UK labour market remained on an upward trajectory in the three months to December 2012. Employment in the final quarter of the year rose by 154,000, a surprising result given the...

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UK housing market update...

Posted on Feb 11 2013 by
UK house prices followed a broadly flat growth path in 2012. We expect house price growth to remain unspectacular this year too as there has been no change in underlying fundamentals that will drive the market forward. Weak...

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Regional round-up: Snapshot of key official and Experian reg...

Posted on Jan 02 2013 by
Data published in December show mixed trends. While London has corrected the downturn seen in its business activity last month, its subsequent performance has been tepid with the capital failing to lead the rankings on any...

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