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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Latest figures released this lunchtime show that consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 2.9% in the year to December 2011, compared with 3.1% in the year to November 2011. This easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected the slower growth in energy prices, which increased by 8.1% in the year to December, down from 11.6% in … Continue reading

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UK GDP falls in the last quarter of 2011

UK GDP shrank by 0.2% in the final three months of last year, according to figures just published by the Office for National Statistics. This is the first fall since the last quarter of 2010. Most economists had expected a drop of 0.1%, although this is only a preliminary estimate and may well be corrected at a later date. The … Continue reading

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Government borrowing continues to fall

Government borrowing in December fell by £2.2bn from £15.9bn in December 2010 to £13.7bn. This means that borrowing has now fallen for four consecutive months. The figures for the last financial year together with the current financial year are shown below. These are shown using the so-called “ex-measures” which exclude the temporary effects of financial interventions. Cumulative public sector net … Continue reading

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One in six families sold their second car in 2011

This is according to Bridgestone, the tyre maker, who surveyed 2,000 UK families. This was principally due to the continued rise in fuel prices, but was also influenced by insurance costs and the general rise in the cost of living. The survey also found that many more families may be forced to take similar action this year, with over 90% … Continue reading

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Most major economies still in slowdown mode

The OECD has just published its latest growth forecasts, and the outlook is not great. Composite leading indicators (CLIs), designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, continue pointing to a slowdown in activity in most OECD countries and major non-member economies. The assessment is little changed compared to last month for most countries. The CLI for … Continue reading

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