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German Manufacturing Sector in Sharp Contraction in February: PMI Data

  • Written by Gary Howes

Vehicle manufacturing Germany

Germany's all-important manufacturing sector slumped into contraction in February, exacerbating fears that the Eurozone's largest economy has been unable to extricate itself from an ongoing slump in activity.

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UK Inflation Fell Below Target in January but the Bank of England Won't be Swayed say Economists

  • Written by James Skinner

Inflation fell beneath the Bank of Engand (BoE) target in January for the first time in two years, although consumer price pressures are still too high for many economists, who say interest rates will rise in the coming months as a result.

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UK Retail Sales Rebound Rescues Economy from Stall Speed in January

  • Written by James Skinner

UK retail sales rebounded in January from a steep slump in the final month of 2018, as consumers headed back to the High Street in the New Year, potentially setting the economy up for a recovery of GDP growth from a similar downturn back in December. 

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UK Trade Deficit Widens after Brexit Stock-building Bites, Holds Back Economy 

  • Written by James Skinner

The goods and services trade deficit widened in the final quarter of the year after stockpiling ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union led to a pick up in imports, which one economist says is in part responsible for Monday's poor final quarter GDP growth number.

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