The economy

Inflation measure to change from March 2017

The Office for National Statistics will begin using CPIH to measure inflation from March 2017.

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Firms prepare for economic uncertainty

How optimistic is your business? Domestic sales and profit growth are expected to slow down in the next 12 months.

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Chancellor’s speech: business reaction

A round-up of the business reaction to Philip Hammond's speech at the Conservative party conference.

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Employment grows but skills shortage still a concern

The number of people in work rose by 176,000 to 31.7 million between March and May 2016.

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Productivity fell in final quarter of 2015

Labour productivity fell by 1.2% in the final quarter of 2015, according to latest figures by Office for National Statistics.

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Trade deficit falls

UK’s trade deficit fell to £3.2 billion in November 2015, a narrowing of £0.3 billion from October 2015.

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Businesses optimistic heading into 2016

Optimism among businesses rose in the final quarter of 2015 to 73%, according to research from Grant Thornton’s International Business Report.

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Lowest unemployment rate in a decade

UK unemployment fell at 5.2% between August and October 2015, its lowest rate in nearly 10 years.

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Employment rate at record high

UK employment has reached a new record high of 73.7% and the unemployment rate is also down at 5.3%.

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Employment rate reaches record high

The proportion of people in work has reached its highest level since comparable records began, with the unemployment rate falling to its lowest level since 2008. With wages rising and no inflation, this means a higher standard of living for workers across the country. But how should small businesses go about hiring people?

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