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Thursday 24 March 2011
Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke is to hold media briefings four times a year in a historic shift to greater openness at the traditionally secretive US central bank.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Toyota is to restart production of three hybrid models on Monday after the massive earthquake and tsunami disrupted output across the auto industry.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Orders for long-lasting US manufactured goods fell in February as companies scaled back investment plans for a second month in a row.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Britain's triple-A sovereign debt rating could be at risk if slower economic growth makes it harder for the government to rein in its budget deficit, ratings agency Moody's said.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Retail sales fell more than expected in February, retracing some of January's rebound after a jump in prices which was only partly due to the rise in VAT, hit volumes, official data showed.
Thursday 24 March 2011
United Utilities, the largest listed water utility, said trading in the second half had been slightly ahead of its expectations, putting it on track for a "solid" performance for the year.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Airports operator BAA said it would invest £50M in better winter defences after a report criticised its response to the snow-induced chaos at London's Heathrow airport last year.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Kingfisher plans to step up its expansion as well as measures to boost profit margins, as it battles tough trading conditions in many markets.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Next said trading conditions in 2011 were likely to get worse before they get better, as it posted an expected nine per cent rise in profit for the year.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Imperial Tobacco expects its half year revenues to rise around two per cent as it said trading for its financial year was in line with management expectations.
Thursday 24 March 2011
GEORGE Osborne yesterday unveiled a handful of eye-catching tax cuts designed to help the motorist and boost economic growth.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE ECONOMY/PUBLIC FINANCES
Thursday 24 March 2011
SOME of the early reaction yesterday was that this was a slightly boring, forgettable Budget. Nonsense. It was far-ranging: radical in parts, brilliant at times, occasionally awful, way too political and often quite surprising.
Thursday 24 March 2011
GEORGE Osborne added the two most eye catching measures to his Budget at the very last minute.
Thursday 24 March 2011
The chancellor’s hands are tied,” we kept hearing last week. But like the digits of a precocious contortionist, George’s fingers fluttered free.
Thursday 24 March 2011
AFTER?yesterday’s Budget, we ran a snap poll of 250 readers with PoliticsHome to gauge your thoughts on some of the key changes.
Thursday 24 March 2011
PORTUGUESE Prime Minister Jose Socrates resigned yesterday after his latest austerity budget was thrown out by parliament.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE man in charge of the fraud investigation into the financial affairs of the Tchenguiz brothers and their connection to the collapsed Kaupthing Bank has resigned on a day which also saw dozens of documents being returned to the brothers’ lawyer
Thursday 24 March 2011
FUNANCIAL TIMES BP GULF SPILL PROBE UNCOVERS VALVE BLOCKAGE
Thursday 24 March 2011
A BOMB planted in a bag exploded near a bus stop in a Jewish district of Jerusalem yesterday, killing a woman and injuring at least 30 people, in an attack police blamed on Palestinian militants.
Thursday 24 March 2011
BUSINESSES welcomed George Osborne’s decision to go further and faster in lowering corporation tax in yesterday’s Budget.
Thursday 24 March 2011
MULTINATIONALS that have fled Britain’s punitive business tax regime gave a cautious welcome to yesterday’s Budget, with UBM and WPP both saying that the country is going in the right direction of travel.
Thursday 24 March 2011
NORTH SEA oil firms were left aghast by the chancellor’s surprise tax hike on offshore fuel explorations yesterday, which has been imposed immediately to fund the fuel duty cut.
Thursday 24 March 2011
GEORGE Osborne slapped a minimum price on carbon emissions permits in yesterday’s Budget, which is set to hammer energy producers which rely on fossil fuels and add up to £17 a year to home energy bills by 2016.
Thursday 24 March 2011
NON-DOMS escaped the budget without the crackdown some were expecting but Osborne says he will raise an extra £200m from them over the coming years.
Thursday 24 March 2011
GEORGE Osborne sweetened his Budget for consumers with a surprise 1p per litre fuel duty cut, effective from 6pm yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE GOVERNMENT has asked regulators to investigate whether banks help to entrench the Big Four auditing firms’ dominance through restrictive lending agreements with companies.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE chancellor scrapped a planned rise in air passenger duty yesterday, but admitted that legal difficulties have shelved a change to aviation tax.
Thursday 24 March 2011
A RAFT of micro reforms to planning laws and business regulation were introduced in the Budget to boost growth in UK enterprise yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
If you haven’t been before, visiting the Royal Docks can be a real eye opener. In their heyday they were the world’s busiest docks, A century later, they are eerily quiet.
Thursday 24 March 2011
VOCATIONAL training and apprenticeships received a boost as chancellor George Osborne unlocked more funding yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
• In a bid to narrow the price between economy and premium cigarettes and support health goals, the government is loading duties on cheaper brands.
Thursday 24 March 2011
AN increase in personal income tax allowances could save basic rate earners £326 per year compared to what they are paying in tax today, but the benefits will be undermined by planned changes to how increases in tax thresholds are calculated.
Thursday 24 March 2011
TAX avoiders skipping stamp duty on property purchases and tax on trusts funded by employers were targeted yesterday as the chancellor aims to recover £4bn in lost tax revenue.
Thursday 24 March 2011
CHANGES TO STAMP DUTY LAND TAX ON BULK PURCHASES
Thursday 24 March 2011
GEORGE Osborne yesterday confirmed that the 50p tax rate on high earners will stay in place for the time being, but reassured that it won’t exist for much longer.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE CBI The UK’s top business lobbying organisation. It aims to influence government policy on a wide range of business matters.
Thursday 24 March 2011
ROBERT BELL | OCEANIC & INDUSTRIAL “What does fairness have to do with the government’s treatment of the banks? We live in a democratic dictatorship society. People will always look for loopholes for ways to benefit themselves.”
Thursday 24 March 2011
CHANCELLOR George Osborne’s deficit reduction plan hangs in the balance, according to official government forecasts released yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
ALLOWANCES for several direct taxes will rise at a slower rate than before, after changes made by chancellor George Osborne yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
EMPLOYMENT will fall by 100,000 in 2011-12, despite the recovery continuing with 1.8 per cent economic growth, official forecasts claimed yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
ENTREPRENEURS were among the biggest winners from the Budget, with a raft of measures aimed at encouraging people to invest in their own businesses. The changes, most of which will come into play on 6 April, will include:
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE government has announced measures intended to lure multinationals back to the UK and has promised a review on the taxation of profits made outside the country.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE Treasury has made a decent start to its austerity measures. The Budget appears well-balanced despite the fact there were hints of give-aways as the government looked to shore up confidence.
Thursday 24 March 2011
COMPLICATED and ineffective tax reliefs were struck off the government’s books yesterday as the chancellor committed to simplifying the tax regime.
Thursday 24 March 2011
THE Budget changes will come into play on the same day as the changes to pension rules revealed earlier this month.
Thursday 24 March 2011
CHANGES to inheritance tax rules in yesterday’s Budget means that those leaving 10 per cent or more of their estate to charity will now also get a 10 per cent tax relief on their donations.
Thursday 24 March 2011
STERLING dropped by over half a per cent against the dollar yesterday morning, after the Bank of England revealed that two thirds of its monetary policy committee members still oppose a rise in rates.
Thursday 24 March 2011
MORTGAGE approvals for house purchases remained near their lowest level for two years, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) reported yesterday.
Thursday 24 March 2011
Industrial new orders in the Eurozone were up by 0.1 per cent in January, month by month. Excluding volatile items, new orders were up 1.6 per cent. Compared with January 2010, industrial new orders grew by 20.9 per cent in euro area.

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