The economy

Stamp duty break would ‘kickstart the market’

Chancellor considers stamp duty holiday ahead of Budget.

Simplified VAT system outlined

Business group welcomes report as ‘long overdue’.

Interest rates climb to 0.5%

Bank of England raises interest rates for first time in more than a decade.

Online traders add £11bn to UK exports

Business is booming for SMEs trading on Amazon or eBay.

Chancellor told to act on business rates rise

British Chambers of Commerce labels rise as “unconscionable”.

Inflation rate rises to 2.9%

UK inflation rose to its joint highest rate in more than 5 years.

Employers fret over future of economy

Businesses are growing more concerned about the state of the UK economy.

Unemployment rate falls to 4.4%

The jobless total fell to its lowest rate since 1975 in Q2 2017.

Bank of England cuts growth forecast

As interest rates were held at 0.25%, the Bank of England has cut its growth forecast to 1.7%.

UK inflation drops to 2.6%

The rate of inflation fell unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May 2017.

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