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Retail investment sinks to weakest since 2012 - CBI

UK retailers have had a reasonable February, according to the CBI's monthly survey of the sector.

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German business confidence lowest since 2014 - Ifo

German business confidence deteriorated more than expected in February, to its lowest level in four years, according to a widely-followed survey released on Friday.

21 Feb
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US existing home sales dip in January, but NAR sees cycle low

Existing home sales in the States dipped at the start of 2019, plumbing their lowest level since November 2015, although some economists believed that a cycle low might now be in place.

21 Feb
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Food prices could soar 40% in 'no-deal' Brexit, UK, Irish retailers warn

UK and Irish retailers on Thursday warned that food products such as beef or cheddar cheese could be subject to 40% tariffs or more if the UK were to apply World Trade Organization rates on trade after a no-deal Brexit.

21 Feb
UK public finances see record surplus in January

Britain's public accounts enjoyed a record surplus at the start of 2019, which economists said would likely allow the Chancellor to provide another modest fiscal boost to the economy.

21 Feb
Philly Fed index surprises to the downside in February

A key gauge of US factory sector activity surprised sharply to the downside in February, although some economists believed the sudden bout of weakness would be short-lived, attributing it to the partial federal government shutdown at the turn of the year and concerns, since allayed, of a repeat.

21 Feb
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Composite euro area output PMI edges past forecasts in February

Economic activity in the euro area picked-up a tad in February, in particular thanks to a more buoyant services sector in Germany, but growth overall was muted, economists said, with manufacturing entering its first downturn in almost six years, according to the results of the most closely-tracked surveys.

21 Feb
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Austerity leaves UK economy £100bn smaller - thinktank

The UK government’s austerity policies have left the country’s economy £100bn smaller since 2010, a thinktank said on Thursday.

20 Feb
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Europe close: Stocks extend rally ahead of US Fed minutes, trade talks

Stockmarkets on the Continent pushed higher on Wednesday, seeing the day out from their session highs, after the US President signaled a more lenient stance towards China on trade and amid talk that Paris and Berlin might be set to agree on a common budget for the Eurozone.

20 Feb
UBS may be forced to pay $5.1bn in French tax case

UBS may have to pay a €4. 5bn fine after a French judge found the investment bank guilty of helping rich clients move undeclared funds to Swiss accounts.

20 Feb
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Maduro challenges Guaido to new elections and calls him 'Mr. Clown'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro challenged opposition leader Juan Guaido to general elections on Tuesday.

20 Feb
UK government to protect companies with new outsourcing rules

The UK government will on Wednesday announce measures to reduce risks taken by private firms that provide public services, as it seeks to assist companies that have become increasingly wary of taking on new government business in the wake of Carillion's collapse last year.

20 Feb
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UK manufacturing order books bounce back, finds CBI

UK manufacturing order books have bounced back from their blip a month ago, research from the CBI has found.

20 Feb
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Trump says trade talks with China going 'very very well'

US President Donald Trump said trade talks with China were going "very very well" and said he would be willing to delay the 1 March deadline that would see tariffs on Chinese products rise from 10% to 25%.

20 Feb
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May, Juncker set for more Brexit talks in Brussels

UK Prime Minister Theresa May was set to hold more Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, as UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said an agreement on the Irish backstop would help Britain meet its March 29 departure date.

19 Feb
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UK wage growth remains well ahead of inflation

UK wage growth remained at its post-crisis high at the end of last year, as employment rose but productivity softened.

19 Feb
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Bernie Sanders to run for president in 2020

Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he will run again for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US Presidential elections.

19 Feb
Europe midday: Stocks drop as investors assess damage from global slowdown

Stocks across the Continent are slipping lower as investors try to gauge the likely extent of the ongoing economic slowdown and wait for fresh headlines out of the trade talks between the US and China, which were set to resume later in the day, in Washington DC.

19 Feb
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Jefferies stays at 'underperform' on StanChart ahead of full-year results

Analysts at Jefferies sounded a cautious note on shares of StanChart again on Tuesday, pointing to the declining trend in consensus estimates for the lender and the multiple hurdles that it was facing in terms of growing its revenues, which they said may necesitate a downgrade of management's expectations.

19 Feb
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Three policemen killed in Cairo suicide bombing

Three policemen were killed in a suicide bombing near Cairo’s famed tourist market late on Monday night, in an attack that also wounded two other policemen and a woman, according to Egyptian officials.