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Water companies to share cost of bad debt with business customers

The water regulator will permit water suppliers to raise prices for businesses and other non-household customers from next year, in a bid to offset the costs of higher amounts of bad debt amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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BoE's Vlieghe pushes back on calls for slowing monetary stimulus

A top Bank of England official pushed back on calls for the monetary authority to dial back on stimulus, arguing that inflationary pressures in the UK were transitory, while the pandemic remained a threat.

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Retail footfall surge on 'Freedom Day' simmers down during heatwave

So-called ‘Freedom Day’ in England saw a rise in retail footfall across the UK last week, fresh data revealed on Monday, with the hot weather seeing some destinations enjoying a larger share of that increase.

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German business sentiment deteriorates in July - Ifo

German business sentiment unexpectedly deteriorated in July amid supply issues and a rise in Covid cases, according to a survey released on Monday by the Ifo Institute.

23 Jul
UK business activity growth slows in July

Business activity growth in the UK slowed in July, with private sector growth hitting a four-month low as shortages of staff and materials held back the recovery, according to a flash survey released on Friday.

23 Jul
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Consumer confidence returns to pre-pandemic levels - GfK

UK consumer confidence edged above pre-pandemic levels in July for the first time, research showed on Friday.

22 Jul
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BoE's Broadbent says higher inflation looks temporary

Rising inflation is likely to be temporary, a Bank of England rate setter said in remarks that reined in expectations of imminent policy tightening.

22 Jul
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UK factory output growth equals record but shortages loom - CBI

UK factory output rose at a joint-record pace in the past three months but worries about shortages of materials and labour were at their highest since the 1970s, a CBI survey showed.

21 Jul
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M&S boss warns of empty shelves in NIreland due to Brexit deal

UK retailer Marks & Spencer warned that it would not supply some Christmas good to Northern Ireland due to increased customs checks as part of the Brexit deal signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

21 Jul
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UK public sector borrowing falls in June

UK public sector net borrowing fell in June as the economy opened up again, according to figures released on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics.

20 Jul
Ministers face dilemma on funding reform of UK social care system

Ministers risk being accused of making an “intergenerational raid” on taxpayers to fund the soaring cost of social care in the UK, according to financial analysts.

20 Jul
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UK grocery sales fall as lockdown restrictions ease

UK grocery sales have fallen, industry research showed on Tuesday, as lockdown restrictions continued to ease and football fans went out to watch Euro 2020.

19 Jul
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London dominates foreign inward investment - ONS

Almost half of foreign direct investment into Britain went to London in 2019 before the Covid pandemic struck, according to official data.

19 Jul
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Shopper numbers set to surge as Covid restrictions ease

Footfall across all retail destinations is expected to spike by nearly 20% following Monday’s lifting of Covid restrictions, according to research published by Springboard.

19 Jul
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BoE's Haskel warns against preemptive tightening of monetary policy

One of the Bank of England's top officials argued against reducing monetary stimulus for the economy.

19 Jul
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Buyer 'frenzy' pushes UK house prices to fresh high

House prices have hit another fresh high, industry data showed on Monday, despite the stamp duty holiday coming to an end, as surging demand outstripped supply.

16 Jul
UK may reinstate some lockdown measures if situation becomes 'unacceptable'

The UK might reinstate some lockdown measures if the latest wave of the coronavirus pandemic becomes unacceptable.

16 Jul
BoJ leaves monetary policy unchanged, downgrades GDP forecast

The Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged on Friday but downgraded its 2021 growth forecast.

15 Jul
Empire State manufacturing improves in July

Manufacturing activity in the New York jurisdiction improved more than expected in July, according to a survey released on Thursday.

15 Jul
Philly Fed manufacturing index drops more than expected in July

Manufacturing conditions in the Philadelphia region deteriorated more than expected in July, according to a survey released on Thursday.