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Retail sales boosted by mild weather in March

Sales grew well ahead of expectations last month, hitting the fastest annual pace since October 2016.

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House price growth at six-year low

House prices rise 0.6% in the year to February, the slowest rate since September 2012, official figures show.

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Unemployment across UK shows slight fall

Unemployment fell by 27,000 in the three months to February to 1.34 million.

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Disorderly Brexit 'risks Scottish recession'

Economists predict the country's economy could dip by 5.5% - but also set out a possible path for growth.

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Pelosi warns over post-Brexit trade deal

The US Speaker was speaking ahead of her trip to Ireland on Tuesday.

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EU gives 'high-level' protection to whistleblowers

New rules approved by the European Parliament aim to encourage people to report breaches of EU law.

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EU law fixes minimum rights for 'gig economy' workers

Casual and "on-demand" workers will now have better protections under EU law.

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EU approves new trade talks with US

Disagreements overshadow the approval by European Union countries of fresh trade talks with the US.

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'No-splurge' shopper attitude continues in March

Despite higher shopper numbers in March, consumers are not spending more, a survey suggests.

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IMF's Lagarde says further Brexit delay will 'hinder' UK growth

The IMF's Christine Lagarde says prolonged uncertainty will have a "negative impact" on the UK economy.

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Brexit: How the new delay has hit four businesses

For companies that have been preparing for a sudden exit, Thursday's extension was no more than a temporary reprieve.

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Ethnic minorities facing insecure work, says TUC

The TUC says one in 13 ethnic minority workers is either on zero-hours or a temporary work contract.

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MP lodges bill to 'boost status' of Scottish banknotes in UK

Alistair Carmichael wants to change the law to "oblige" all UK businesses to accept Scottish banknotes.

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UK economy grows faster than expected ahead of Brexit

The economy grew 0.3% in the three months to February, official figures show, helped by stockpiling.

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Without pot washers, restaurant kitchens would grind to a halt.

You might never see them, but restaurant kitchens would grind to a halt without pot washers.

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Electric truck maker Rivian says the company is more than just hype

Electric truck maker Rivian attracts attention on social media, from investors and even celebrities. But at the New York Auto Show the boss says the firm's about more than hype.

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Jet Airways: Taking the last flight of India's stricken airline

The prominent Indian airline has run out of cash and suspended all its flights.

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The workers juggling careers and caring

Two women share their stories of juggling senior jobs and being home carers.

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The robot that tidies up bedrooms

Robots are good at repetitive tasks but struggle with new objects. Can they be trained to overcome that?

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What can bees teach economists about how markets work?

The relationship between bees, honey and apple trees offers surprising insights about financial markets.

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Olives pitting US against EU in global trade fight

Are US tariffs on Spanish olives a pretext for a bigger challenge to world trade?

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Greater Bay Area: China's ambitious but vague economic plan

The ambitious economic plan links Hong Kong, Macau and other Chinese cities to boost growth.

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How Brexit hit the pound in your pocket

The value of the pound has changed a lot over the past three years - making us all a little poorer.

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David Malpass: Who is Trump's pick for World Bank president?

The Trump administration has nominated economist David Malpass as World Bank president. Who is he?

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China banks on lending to ease slowdown

China is pushing to boost consumption to help manage the slowdown in the world's second largest economy.

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Clouds gathering over global economy

BBC World Service economics correspondent Andrew Walker looks at what 2019 has in store for the global economy.

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A whole new world for free trade?

The New Year heralds the launch of two major trade deals, with Japan emerging as a key player.

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What can New Zealand teach us about Brexit?

What lessons can the we learn from the economic ructions suffered by New Zealand in 1973 when the UK joined the EEC?

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Could student loans ruling mean the system is redesigned?

The ONS is about to announce how it will treat student loans in the national accounts. Will it lead to changes in student finance?

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Who really influences the price of oil?

Does Opec still control the price of oil in today's global market?

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Donald Trump v the world: US tariffs in four charts

From Spanish olives to Chinese aluminium, no corner of the world has been untouched by US trade tariffs.

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Will Opec defy Trump's call for low oil prices?

Oil prices recently hit 12-month lows. Opec wants to raise them, President Trump wants them lowered.

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Is the shopping centre ready to check out?

They were once visions of the future, but are shopping centres now past their sell-by date?

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Are free ports the future?

Can free ports spark a post-Brexit manufacturing boom? Jonty Bloom reports from Teesside, which plans to become the UK's first free port.

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Why Switzerland is worried about UK trade after Brexit

Switzerland may not be a European Union member - but has good reason to closely watch Brexit proceedings.

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