Hammond ‘aware of risks’ over trading with China but presses on

The chancellor says the UK’s open trading economy needs inward investmentBritain is aware of the risks facing sensitive areas of the economy from greater levels of Chinese investment, Philip Hammond has said, as London forges closer economic ties with …

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Brexit: UK growth tipped to slow as firms run down stockpiles

Business group downgrades GDP rises and warns dwindling investment will hurt long-term economyEconomic growth in Britain is expected to slow to the lowest levels since the financial crisis as firms run down Brexit stockpiles, according to a leading bus…

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Council staff pensions at risk from Woodford investments

Three Welsh local authorities have put in up to £10m in sister scheme hit by suspension of flagship fundCouncil workers have been left exposed to the underperformance of Neil Woodford’s stock market-listed fund, with a £10m investment by council pensio…

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Adding Boris Johnson to Brexit is pouring fuel on to the fire | William Keegan

As investment nears collapse, the last thing Britain needs is a PM so contemptuous of business and so fiscally heedlessI have been critical, I hope with good reason, of Jeremy Corbyn’s equivocation over what is rapidly becoming a pressing need to call …

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Does Majestic’s move online spell the end for high street wine?

Specialist sector is struggling against perfect storm, from rising duty to Brexit and ginSupermarkets used to be the bogeyman for the high street wine trade but now the growth of online services and a price squeeze is triggering new upheaval.The decisi…

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Does Majestic’s move online spell the end for high street wine?

Specialist sector is struggling against perfect storm, from rising duty to Brexit and ginSupermarkets used to be the bogeyman for the high street wine trade but now the growth of online services and a price squeeze is triggering new upheaval.The decisi…

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Help to buy has helped the well-off – and made the housing crisis worse | Vicky Spratt

More than half of those using the scheme could already afford a home. The government must stop propping up a broken marketConservative politicians have long professed their infallible belief that Britain should be a “property-owning democracy”. From No…

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