European parliament wants special access for UK after Brexit, report says

The European Parliament wants the EU to soften its stance on Brexit and negotiate an agreement that would give the UK special access to the single market, according to a report.

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UK manufacturing growth slows in February - CBI

UK manufacturing growth slowed as expected in February as the boost from a weakening pound starts to fade, according to the latest figures from the Confederation of British Industry.

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German investor sentiment deteriorates less than expected in February - ZEW

German investor sentiment deteriorated less than expected in February, according to the latest survey from the ZEW Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

19 Feb
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Randgold, Glencore and other miners club together to fight Congo legislation

A group of mining companies, including Glencore and Randgold Resources, have banded together in an effort to halt legislative changes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

19 Feb
ECB halts payments from Latvian bank amid accusations of North Korean transactions

The European Central Bank halted payments by ABLV, one of Latvia's biggest banks, on Monday, amid accusations from the United States Treasury that the lender had been involved in money laundering and unauthorised transactions with the heavily sanctioned nation of North Korea.

19 Feb
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UK house prices rise 0.8% in February - Rightmove

The average asking price of a UK home rose 0. 8% on the month in February, or £2,414 to £300,001, following a 0. 7% jump the month before, according to figures released by Rightmove.

19 Feb
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Theresa May announces review of costly university tuition fees

Theresa May plans to review the cost of tuition fees for 2019 as part of the Government’s 'value for money' initiative for British students after coming under pressure from the Labour party.

16 Feb
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Oxfam set to reform "porous system" that allowed sex offenders into organization

Oxfam says it will act on past and present allegations of exploitation and sexual harassment by staff in response to recent revelations of sexual misconduct.

16 Feb
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Tesco shuts Cardiff call centre, cutting 1,100 jobs

Tesco will close its Cardiff call centre will close on Friday with the loss of 1,100 jobs despite the efforts of unions to reverse the decision.

16 Feb
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More than 420,000 UK homes remain unbuilt despite planning permission being granted

The amount of unbuilt homes, despite having received planning permission, has risen exponentially in the last twelve months, according to data collated by the Local Government Association, with more than 420,000 waiting to be built despite the UK suffering a chronic housing shortage.

16 Feb
US consumer sentiment hits second-highest level since 2004

US consumer sentiment rose to its second-highest level since 2004 in February despite lower and much more volatile stock prices, according to a reading from the University of Michigan.

16 Feb
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US housing starts surge past expectations in January

US housing starts surged past expectations last month, according to data released by the Commerce Department.

16 Feb
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UK retail sales grow less than expected in January

Retail sales in the UK grew less than expected in January, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

15 Feb
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Costain, Balfour and Renew best placed for HS2 and other rail gains

Broker Numis said on Thursday that it expects UK rail to be a key growth area for the construction sector in the foreseeable future, with phase-one of HS2 in 2020 and 2021 offsetting the completion of major rail projects from Crossrail and Thameslink.

15 Feb
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US homebuilder sentiment remains strong in February - NAHB

Sentiment among US homebuilders remained strong in February, according to data released on Thursday.

15 Feb
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A quarter of British exporters yet to review post-Brexit trading strategy

One in four British exporters had yet to review their post-Brexit trading strategy, according to the latest Business in Britain report from Lloyds Bank, an improvement of 23% on a similar survey carried out by the bank six months earlier.

15 Feb
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Jobless claims rise as expected

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose as expected last week, according to data released by the Labor Department.

15 Feb
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Philly Fed index jumps to 25.8 in February

Manufacturing conditions in the Philadelphia region unexpectedly improved in February, with firms optimistic about the prospects for the next six months, according to a survey out on Thursday.

15 Feb
Lidl keeps up pace with store openings to overtake upmarket rivals

Lidl is set to open 19 new stores in the first two months of 2018, creating 700 new jobs across the country, as the German-owned discounter looks to overtake Waitrose as the UK's seventh largest grocer.