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Mike Smithson, editor of PoliticalBetting.com, says Yes
In another blow to traditional British grocers in the ongoing supermarket price war, budget food retailers Aldi and Lidl are the highest performing brands in YouGov’s BrandIndex Buzz score rankings for 2014.
The UK, and particularly London, is in the midst of what should be seen as a housing crisis.
Youth unemployment remains a serious problem in Europe. There is the tiniest glimmer of hope in that, in November, the number of young people under 25 unemployed in the Eurozone was 58,000 lower than it was a year before.
UK inflation is now more than one percentage point below the official target for the first time since the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) was established in 1997. What does this tell us about the outlook for the British economy?
Vicky Pryce is chief economic adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research and a former joint head of the Government Economic Service, says Yes
After a year of being virtually ignored by those organising fund-raisings on the London stock market, the retail investor is heading back to the stock market.
This week, our Prime Minister will meet with Barack Obama at the White House. Margaret Thatcher used to say fondly that she could “smell the freedom” in America. And doesn’t the country’s economy prove it?
A lie, repeated often, becomes the truth in the public mind. That’s why, when a Fox News commentator suggests that Birmingham is a “Muslim-only city”, we feel it important to set the record straight.
Hakan Enver is operations director at Morgan McKinley, says Yes
It is not often that I feel sorry for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The City of London Corporation has a uniquely diverse role. As lord mayor, my job is no exception, as the most cursory glance at my diary will tell you.
CULTURE in UK business came under the spotlight in 2014, as executive remuneration, market manipulation, supplier arrangements and so on drew comment and criticism.
Clare Howarth is lead Asia Pacific economist at Oxford Economics, says Yes.
Happy 2015: despite this week’s horrifying atrocity in France, it’s going to be an extra­ordinary year.
As the global tech industry packs its bags and leaves the neon lights of Las Vegas behind for another year, is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest tech convention, still relevant?
When the British people cast their votes on 7 May, they face a real choice. Do they want a Britain hankering for the past, or preparing for the future? Do they want a Britain closed to the world, or open to opportunity?
This week, Paris has seen the threat to free speech and freedom of expression realised in its most appalling, extreme form.
We all have our own image of UK entrepreneurship. Sir Richard Branson is a common first choice, and Sir James Dyson is another. For me, it is the Indian Restaurateur.
Paul Johnson is the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and led the report UK Consumer Price Statistics: A Review, says Yes
WHEN the British people cast their votes on 7 May, they face a real choice. Do they want a Britain hankering for the past, or preparing for the future? Do they want a Britain closed to the world, or open to opportunity?
A new piece of research into the competitiveness of the London insurance market, released by the London Market Group late last year, confirmed many existing fears.
We're caught in a trap” is the opening line of Suspicious Minds, a song most memorably sung by Elvis Presley, born 80 years ago today.
Any day now, the glitter cannons will be fired and the corks popped as London reaches a new milestone, surpassing its 1939 population peak of 8.6m.
Ruth Lea is economic adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group, says Yes
Previously unassailable fast food giant McDonald’s is facing a Big Mac-with-bacon-and--extra-cheese-sized challenge as falling sales and negative customer opinion are taking a huge bite out of its market share.
Living up to its billing as the perennial “awkward partner” of Europe, Britain is once again articulating its unease with European economic integration.
Will 2015 be the year in which fantasy economics in Europe is finally put to the test? Somewhat to the surprise of many commentators, in December, the Greek political class failed to elect a new president even after three attempts.
The NHS is unsustainable in its current form, but the remedy is reform rather than more money alone. This was the conclusion of the landmark report by Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, late last year.
Rob Harbron is managing economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research, says Yes
Football is a funny old game, and a funny old business too.
The General Election looms large at the start of this New Year. For practical reasons, business prizes stability and places a premium on calm trading conditions, as major changes in policy have an unsettling effect on potential investors.
Friday 19 December 2014 was a happy day for many Londoners, marking their last in the office before Christmas. Yet amid all the festivities, you’d have been forgiven for missing something equally joyous.
Christopher Costelloe is director of the Victorian Society, says Yes
David Cameron’s decision not to attend the launch of a key spending review into Labour’s election pledges this morning speaks volumes about the type of campaign he plans to run.
AS MANY workers return to their offices today after a well-deserved break, attention turns to the economic challenges that we are going to face in 2015.
IF 2014 was the year that UK businesses regained a spring in their step, 2015 is likely to be the one in which companies consolidate the momentum built up over the past 12 months, with scope to grow further and take hold of new opportunities.
Sadiq Khan MP is shadow justice secretary and London minister, says Yes.
 
Deloitte’s chief economist, poses some of the trickiest questions of the year. How many can you get right? Answers are at the bottom.
 
The amazing story of Dominique Harrison-Bentzen must be one of the most heart-warming of the year. Late one night, having lost her bank card, the 22-year old student was offered £3 for a taxi by a homeless man concerned for her safety.
Kate Andrews works at the Adam Smith Institute, says Yes
When I started my political risk firm in 2006, about one-third of my opening pitch was simply arguing that political risk matters to often highly-sceptical executives, who wondered why they were wasting their time talking about Middle East politic
The City can feel incredibly quiet at this time of year. We see nowhere near the usual number of daily commuters heading in and out of the Square Mile, as people set off early on their well-deserved Christmas break.
As London's population soars towards the 9m mark, it’s vital that we take every step we can to deliver the jobs and homes our growing city needs.
Laith Khalaf is senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says Yes.
  It's a funny thing about Santa Claus: he knows whether you’ve been bad or good, but you still have to tell him what you want to see under the tree.  
AS 2014 draws to a close, we’re all starting to think about what 2015 will bring. Will the economy soar or slump? Will we have an inconclusive general election? Will oil prices sag even further downwards?

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