The economy

Retailers net World Cup windfall

England’s run to the last eight has generated £1.33 billion.

BCC downgrades economic growth forecast

‘Lacklustre outlook’ for consumer spending and business investment.

Freelancers drive self-employment growth

Number of highly-skilled freelancers up 46% since 2008.

Devolution and property taxes

How does property taxation differ around the UK?

Taxpayers reclaim £493m from HMRC

Revenue accused of 'tax first, ask questions later' approach.

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”.

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