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US-China trade talks break up without deal

The US says "very difficult issues" remain unresolved with talks due to resume in the US next week.

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UK retail sales bounce back in January

Clothing discounts helped retail sales to rebound sharply last month, official figures show.

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German economy narrowly avoids recession

The economy has been hit by a slowdown in the global economy and problems in the car sector.

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Property repossessions 'lowest since 1980'

Low mortgage rates and a less aggressive attitude from lenders means fewer are having their homes seized.

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Brexit 'monster' urges Dutch to prepare

The Dutch government tweets out a furry creature warning to firms about the impact of Brexit.

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UK inflation falls to two-year low in January

Falling energy prices push inflation to 1.8% in January, from 2.1% the previous month, official figures show.

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Brexit doubts leave firms 'hung out to dry'

With less than 50 days until Brexit, critical questions remain, says the British Chambers of Commerce.

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German think tank calls for EU to make Brexit concessions

The IFO Institute warns German business is "suffering already" from uncertainty about the UK's exit.

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Brexit: Mark Carney warns of no-deal 'economic shock'

The Bank of England governor urges MPs to solve the Brexit impasse amid warnings of slowing global growth.

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Trump says second government shutdown unlikely after deal reached

Mr Trump says he is "not happy" about the border security deal but does not expect a second shutdown.

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Hammond's Brexit 'deal dividend' not credible, MPs say

A committee of MPs also says the government's aim of eliminating the budget deficit has "no credibility".

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Brexit: No-deal plan for Channel Tunnel operations

The trains will run on time - at least temporarily - while the UK and EU renegotiate terms.

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HMRC data shows Scotch exports hit record high in 2018

Analysis of HMRC data by the Scotch Whisky Association finds exports grew by 7.8% to £4.7bn last year.

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UK economic growth slowest since 2012

Declines in construction and car manufacturing contributed to the slowdown, official figures show.

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UK signs post-Brexit trade deal with Switzerland

The "continuity agreement" will see the two countries continue to trade as they do now, after Brexit.

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How the chocolate bar became a million dollar idea

The BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains how the chocolate bar became a million dollar idea.

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Japan turns to tech to cut long working hours

Overwork is a longstanding problem in Japan and companies are turning to technology for solutions.

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May challenged on 'rip-off' energy cap pledge

An MP reminds the PM of her call to end to rip-off energy prices, but tells her 2.5 million people were now in fuel poverty.

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'I was in the taxi and he put his hand on my knee'

As taxi drivers face the prospect of extra criminal checks, one woman tells of being assaulted by her driver.

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'Ideas are worthless, execution matters'

StockX founder Josh Luber says entrepreneurs just need to put "one foot in front of the other".

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Brexit: How could it affect the fashion industry?

Brexit may mean buying your favourite brand could cost you more. Here's why.

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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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