The economy

House prices remain strong

The UK housing market 'remained strong' in June 2014 as prices rose 1% during the month, according to data collected by Nationwide.

Northern Ireland international trade scheme launched

A support scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland trade internationally has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

Workplace optimism increases

Consumer confidence has reached its highest level in almost 7 years and optimism is increasing among UK workers, according to a study by YouGov and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

Business groups increase economic growth predictions

The UK economy will grow by 3.1% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

Two million homeowners plan to downsize

Up to 2.3 million homeowners aged 55 and over expect to sell their homes to raise finance, research from Prudential has shown.

Scottish retail sales rise 1.9%

Scottish retail sales rose 1.9% in the year to April 2014, according to research from the Scottish Retail Consortium.

Retail sales growth at 10-year high

UK retail sales experienced the highest annual growth in a decade as sales rose 6.9% in April 2014 year-on-year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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