News And Announcements
18 Jan
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EU says UK will have to hold European elections if Brexit is delayed

The European Commission said on Friday that the UK would have to hold European elections in order to choose its representatives if Brexit is delayed beyond 2 July.

18 Jan
US consumer sentiment hits lowest level since Trump election

US consumer sentiment deteriorated a lot more than expected this month, dropping to its lowest level since Donald Trump was elected as worries about trade tariffs and the government shutdown took their toll, according to a preliminary reading from the University of Michigan.

18 Jan
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DUP could support soft Brexit to avoid Irish backstop

The Democratic Unionist Party could support a soft Brexit that would have the whole of the UK aligned with the EU’s customs union in a bid to avoid the Irish backstop, according to a newspaper report on Friday.

18 Jan
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UK would vote remain by 12% margin - YouGov poll

Britain would vote to stay in the European Union by a 12% margin in a second referendum, revealed a new poll by YouGov taken on 16 January.

18 Jan
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UK retail sales fall 0.2% in fourth quarter - ONS

UK retail sales weakened much more than expected at the end of last year, official figures revealed on Friday.

17 Jan
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France triggers no-deal Brexit contingency plan

France put its Brexit contingency plans into motion on Thursday, amid growing concerns of a no-deal scenario.

17 Jan
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Philly Fed index rises more than expected in January

Manufacturing conditions in the Philadelphia region improved much more than expected in January, according to a survey released on Thursday.

17 Jan
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Second UK nuclear plant shelved as Hitachi quits over cost issues

Japanese giant Hitachi has announced it will halt work on a £20bn nuclear plant in Wales after failing to agree prices for electricity production with the UK government.

17 Jan
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US initial jobless claims unexpectedly drop

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly dropped last week, according to data from the Labor Department.

17 Jan
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UK housing market outlook worst on record - RICS

The outlook for the UK housing market over the next three months was the worst on record in December as uncertainty over Brexit took its toll, according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

16 Jan
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US housebuilder sentiment improves in January

Sentiment among US housebuilders unexpectedly improved in January, according to data released on Wednesday.

16 Jan
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Pubs need 'full review' of business rates, MPs agree

While Westminster remains starkly divided over Brexit a debate on the future of the nation’s pubs secured cross party support for a meaningful reform of business rates on Tuesday.

16 Jan
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FCA looks into private polling from hedge funds

The UK financial watchdog is reviewing regulation over private political polling, which has been used by hedge funds to profit from events such as Brexit.

16 Jan
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Official house prices fall for third successive month

UK house prices continued to subside toward the end of last year, according to the official Land Registry figures.

16 Jan
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UK inflation eases off to near 2yr low

UK inflation eased off at the end of last year, as expected, due to a fall in fuel prices and airfares.

16 Jan
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Advertising spending growth remains dependent on Brexit plans

Marketing spending growth in the UK was halted in the final quarter of 2018 after a six-year rise due to the uncertainty over Brexit.

16 Jan
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Analyst reaction splits sharply after Brexit vote

Financial markets may remain cautious about British assets after the comprehensive defeat for the government's Brexit plan in the House of Commons on Tuesday, some analysts said, though others saw a decisive shift had created opportunities for gains.

15 Jan
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Brexit: UK business groups react with anger to vote result

UK business leaders reacted with anger to Tuesday's heavy defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement.

15 Jan
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Brexit: So now what? Analysts weigh-in

Danske Bank: "The first thing to look out for is the Labour's motion of no confidence in May's government tomorrow. [. ] PM Theresa will most likely survive the vote (remember the Conservatives cannot force her to resign as party leader for another year after she won the party confidence vote in December). Vote takes place at 20:00 CET.

15 Jan
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Empire State manufacturing index at worst level in more than a year

Business conditions in the New York region deteriorated much more than expected in January, according to a survey from the New York Fed, as the US-China trade war and the government shutdown took their toll.