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UK retail sales slide in tough December

Retailers saw their biggest monthly fall since the EU referendum, official figures show.

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How did households budget in 1957?

Housing took a much smaller share of incomes 60 years ago, but food and fashion cost more, says the ONS.

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China's economy grows by 6.9% in 2017

It's the country's first year-on-year grow figure beats Beijing's official growth target of 6.5%, though some question China's GDP data.

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House prices: Midlands sees biggest rises

The region saw the biggest price growth in the year to November, with London recording the slowest.

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UK inflation rate drops back to 3%

The rate fell from November's six-year high of 3.1% mainly because of the impact of air fares.

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Male work patterns see big shift to part-time roles, study says

A big rise in men working part time is coupled with a fall in the number of middle earners.

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Chile complains of World Bank unfair treatment

The World Bank has ordered an enquiry into the ranking it gave Chile for competitiveness.

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Sadiq Khan warns of Brexit 'lost decade'

The London mayor says a hard Brexit could cost the UK 500,000 jobs and £50bn in lost investment.

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Plastic fantastic: How it changed the world

Many things that we take for granted depend on plastic, but will consumers help reduce plastic pollution?

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Oil prices rise to hit four-year high of $70 a barrel

Brent crude rose after Opec promised to keep a lid on crude production during 2018.

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Canada files WTO complaint against US over trade rules

The action comes amid a series of disputes between the two North American neighbours.

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UK manufacturing output at its highest for 10 years

Manufacturing records its seventh consecutive month of growth, while industrial output also rises.

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It takes two to tango over Brexit, Hammond tells EU

The EU must end its "relative silence" about what post-Brexit relationship it wants, chancellor says.

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Greece bailout protesters storm ministry in strike dispute

Trade unionists lambast the Greek labour minister over plans to curb strikes.

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Ofgem boss: I'm sorry for failing vulnerable consumers

Dermot Nolan is cross-examined by MPs investigating the government's plans to cap some energy bills.

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Hyperloop: A visit to the test site of Virgin's train of the future

Can a futuristic tube-based transport scheme that shoots pods through a vacuum become a reality?

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How the zipper became a million dollar idea

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

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Fighting for flexible working hours

Less than half of parents feel flexible working is an option in their workplace.

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Fishermen's app: 'We can go direct to the consumer'

The app that's allowing Africa's fishermen to sell their catches directly to restaurants.

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'If I tried to escape they said they would kill me'

"Peter" came to Britain looking for a new life but instead he was held captive and forced to work for nothing.

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Zambia's traders protest at anti-cholera measures

Market traders in Zambia protest against government rules aimed at containing an outbreak of cholera.

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A political Fed

As Jerome Powell prepares to take over the Federal Reserve, is the era of central bank independence ending?

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Plastic fantastic

The growth of easily available credit profoundly altered our attitude to money.

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Global leader

The interest rate set by America's central bank, the US Federal Reserve, is one of the key levers of the global economy.

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Budget 2017: Hammond loosens his belt

The chancellor loosens the public finances envelope as the economy stutters.

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Change makers

How people fleeing South Sudan have managed to create work – for themselves and others – in their new home of Uganda.

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Unlocking trillions

One leading economist says it could release trillions of dollars of so-called "dead capital".

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Managing the managers

Why hire a manager and then hire someone else to tell them how to do their job?

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Crowded island

An explosion in tourism has saved Iceland's economy. But in a country of just 300,000 people, how much tourism is too much?

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Balancing the books

The father of double-entry bookkeeping wrote the definitive guide in 1494.

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Wine on the edge

How Canadian winemaker Norman Hardie is able to make award-winning wines, despite winter temperatures so cold it can kill his vines.

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Health risks

Health risks and job losses are among the harms many in China face in the push for economic change.

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No-belle prize

Just 13% of US academic economists are women - and only one has won the Nobel Prize in economics. Why are women so under-represented in the profession?

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Have you been nudged?

Five ways the theory behind this year's Nobel prize for economics may have influenced your behaviour.

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What do we want?

Asking customers what they wanted profoundly changed how retailers sold their goods.

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Brass in pocket?

A rise in interest rates would be good news for savers, but bad for borrowers. How would a rise of 0.25% affect you?

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UK trade

Theresa May says trade should continue as it is for two years post-Brexit – but what do the UK’s trading relationships look like at the moment?

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Not so fantastic?

Cheap plastic has become ubiquitous, but we need to get better at recycling it.

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Success story

Without it, companies in the sharing economy might not have grown as successfully as they have.

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Northern Rock

The collapse of Northern Rock: Ten years on

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Creative currency

The value of modern currency comes not from what it's made of, but what we all agree it's worth.

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Money machines

Could low-cost automated financial advice help close the massive retirement savings gap?

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Cheers to that

The English wine making industry is growing, but could it ever threaten the dominant European producers?

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Limiting liability

The limited liability company has been described as "the greatest single discovery of modern times”.

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Sterling sense

Buying foreign currency is both easier and more challenging than in the past.

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Banking bonanza

Many of Europe's largest banks have already announced their intention to relocate jobs to Frankfurt as Brexit talks go on.

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Poisonous progress

The arguments nearly a century ago over the use of leaded petrol.

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Mixed picture

More than half of the 160 BHS stores that closed after it went into administration a year ago are still empty, says new research.

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Selling citizenship

Amar Al-Sadi and her family escaped war-torn Yemen and are among thousands who have bought Maltese passports.

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The devil's rope

How the spread of barbed wire helped redraw the map of the USA.

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The tax trick

The chunk of global wealth illegally stashed in tax havens is a big feature of the modern economy.

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Five food fights

Chlorine chicken isn't the only food that has got politicians in a flap

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Inside US/UK trade deal

How would the UK benefit from a trade deal with the US and is it likely to happen?

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Formula fix

Since the first commercial substitute for breast milk was launched in 1865, formula has shaped the workforce.

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Happy travelling

The government is consulting on a new strategy which puts the consumer "at the heart of the aviation sector".

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Easy does it?

Warren Buffett has advised his wife to invest her money in low-cost index funds, after his death.

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Medieval money

Medieval tally sticks illustrate what money really is: a kind of debt that can be traded freely.

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Tricky trade-off

If rules are too strict, good ideas take too long to spread, but lax regulation risks no innovation.

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One year on

What do economists and businesses think of the aftermath of the Brexit vote, and what do they think the future holds?

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Better prospects

What impact is China's Belt and Road initiative, aimed at boosting trade links, having in Kazakhstan?

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Energy revolution

China consumes more electricity than any other country but is also the world's biggest solar energy producer.

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A hot issue

South Africa exports almost half of the apples it grows, but rising temperatures are hitting production.

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Gaming gift

From Spacewar! to Pokemon Go, video games have created jobs, made money and driven technology forward.

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Reality Check

Is the government allowed to requisition homes to provide emergency housing?

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