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Consumer finance rises in 2015

Consumer finance growth rose by 9% in September 2015, compared to the same month last year, new figures released by the Finance & Leasing Association show.

Sick days costing millions a day

The cost from employee sick days in lost productivity for businesses on 2 February 2014 was at £34 million, with an estimated 375,000 people calling in sick, according to ELAS UK.

Annuity sales increase for first time since 2012

Annuity sales have seen their first quarter on quarter increase for the first time in 3 years, data published by the Association of British Insurers shows.

Two thirds of homebuyers pay below the asking price

The majority of homebuyers in the UK are more prepared to negotiate on the price of prospective property, according to research by Which? Mortgage Advisers.

SME confidence falls

SMEs have seen a decrease in confidence over the last 6 months, Aon’s Small Business Change Index shows.

Care costs vary across country

The cost of care varies across the country a freedom of information request submitted by Which? has revealed.

Creative sector SMEs grow faster than traditional firms

Creative sector SMEs are generating jobs at a faster rate than small businesses in traditional industries such as manufacturing and construction, according to research by the think tank Centre for Cities.

Unemployment at lowest since 2008

Latest jobs figures show that the UK unemployment rate is 5.4%, the lowest it has been since the recession in 2008, analysis by Office for National Statistics reveals.

Cash payments continue to decline

A record 44 billion payments will be made in the UK in 2024, analysis by Payment UK predicts. Increases in bank card, internet and mobile banking payments have been key factors in the rise, equating to 120 million payments a day.

SMEs create new jobs

SMEs have created an additional 400,000 jobs this year, analysis by the Forum of Private Business shows.

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