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The battle against the bugs has become something of a crusade.
Information technology has revolutionised the way that business is done in the City over recent decades. Cross border transactions are now completed with a click of a button. New models of finance such as crowdfunding are increasingly popular.
Friday's GDP data took us past a very symbolic landmark. The level of output in the UK is now slightly above its pre-recession peak. However, we should bear in mind that the UK population has risen by more than 4 per cent since early 2008.
There is no shortage of concern about the UK’s large balance of payments deficit. Many in the government are trying to solve it by cajoling British companies to export more with lots of new fancy schemes and initiatives.
This is an exciting time for Londoners; we live in one of the world’s great cities, and one that is changing more rapidly than at any time in its history.
The digital skills agenda has become a hot topic in Britain. But if we thought adding computer science to the national curriculum would be a silver bullet solution to the UK’s chronic digital skills shortages, we were wrong.
Rob Wood, chief UK economist at Berenberg Bank, says Yes. Russia’s economy matters, even for the UK where only a small fraction of financial services activity is tied directly to Russia’s fragile petro-economy.
Beware the economist bearing forecasts. The only thing that’s ever certain about economic predictions is that they’ll turn out to be wrong. But this one’s nailed on: interest rates are going to rise.
WHEN BSkyB reports its results tomorrow, most expect them to be well received.
TRUST lies at the heart of any company’s reputation, but its importance is amplified when the product being delivered is food.
Ruth Lea, economic adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group, says Yes. Crystal ball gazing is a risky business. But it’s a useful exercise that can throw up some fascinating, albeit highly provisional, conclusions.
WHEN the IMF revised down its 2014 growth forecast for the Eurozone last week, it felt like a sad refrain rather than a surprise. GDP in the single currency bloc is now expected to grow by just 1 per cent this year.
SOMEHOW Europe’s leaders have managed to undershoot even my subterranean expectations.
THE UK economy is doing well. Even so, it is not often that we are placed unequivocally at the top of a world ranking of any kind. But a team of economists led by Nicholas Gruen of Lateral Economics in Melbourne has done just that.
Liam Byrne, shadow minister for universities, science and skills, says Yes.
“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” Moshe Dayan, Israeli politician and military leader
Ahead of the 2016 Charter Review, the BBC is bunkering down to defend its funding through the licence fee.
The last-minute cancellation of his “40 years at Tesco” party suggests that Philip Clarke’s departure came as a big surprise. But in truth, his future at Tesco had been looking increasingly bleak for months.
Timothy Ash, head of emerging market research (ex Africa) at Standard Bank, says Yes.
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” – The Wizard in L Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz
Throughout the past month, visitors to the City’s Paternoster Square might have been surprised by the sight of a giant bowler hat sitting proudly in place. 
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is consulting on its provisional decision to launch a formal investigation into UK banks. In other words, the CMA wants to increase competition in banking to better meet the needs of consumers.
Garden cities make for a fascinating debate, and it’s only set to intensify. The shortlist for the 2014 Wolfson Prize was released last month, and five plans for a new garden city edged closer towards winning £250,000.
"I do not want protectionist legislation, but we do need a last resolute national defence,” said business secretary Vince Cable in City A.M. this week.
The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge.
Like the age-old debate of nature versus nurture, the question of whether markets are driven by emotion or reason elicits the age-old answer: a bit of both.
Peter Lynch, the great American fund manager at Fidelity, returned an average of 29 per cent a year for his investors between 1977 and his retirement in 1990.
This is a rotten year to be a chief executive.
Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, says Yes. The advantage of a state-led system like China’s is that policymakers have plenty of levers they can pull to prevent a slump in growth.
In London and much of the South East, the recovery has been well underway for a considerable period of time. House prices boom and restaurants are packed.
David Cameron’s last reshuffle before the general election is over and Westminster is still reeling from the shock of it all.
Yesterday's announcement that the government has shortlisted eight potential sites for a UK spaceport, and enabled a regulatory regime for manned spaceflight, is a breakthrough moment for our £11bn space sector.
Politicians everywhere have to decide between satisfying long-term national needs and achieving short-term electoral rewards.
The row between former chancellor Lord Lawson and the BBC has escalated over the past week.
Eric Pickles’s rejection of the redevelopment plans for Smithfield Market will have been as surprising and unwelcome to the City of London as Germany’s stunning World Cup defeat of the home team was to Brazil on the same day.
Dr Roger Barker, head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, says Yes.
My wife recently passed along to me an almost unutterably beautiful video from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2018, the first Crossrail trains will come roaring in to Farringdon Station and commuters will spill out along its 200m platform.
If you woke up early yesterday morning and thought it might be a good time to get the weekly shop done, you would have had to forget it. Sorry, this is England.
ACCORDING to the Home Office, the Prime Minister, and other senior politicians, it is important that police and officials of all kinds should be able to look at your telephone and internet records.
Why should I let the toad work/ Squat on my life?” With the summer holiday season upon us, it’s easy, even in a hardworking and ambitious place like the City, for the mind to turn to the pleasures of life outside the office.
London is growing – and it is growing eastwards. A combination of large-scale redevelopment projects and underdeveloped land means that east London is in demand for both new homes and jobs.
Qing Wang, professor of marketing and innovation at Warwick Business School, says Yes.
The dramatic fall in Eurozone sovereign bond yields has led some to herald the end of the crisis. We believe this is premature.
The dream is over in Brazil; the illusion shattered. Despite President Dilma Rousseff’s claims that this would be the World Cup of all World Cups, for Brazilians it is now seen as the disgrace of disgraces.
Take That’s Gary Barlow has again been reported to have participated in complicated tax avoidance schemes. And as ever, discussion on the subject has been clouded by inaccurate reporting.
Mark Wallace, executive editor of ConservativeHome, says Yes.

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