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We produce regular analysis and commentary on the events that are shaping our client's worlds. Our podcasts feature interviews with leading figures from politics, business and economics, providing the inside track on the most pressing issues of the day. Our Week in Perspective newsletter provides a summary of the key events in financial markets and economics.

Week in Perspective

Bank of England cuts UK growth forecast to 1.4%

11 . 05 . 2018

The Bank of England left interest rates unchanged at 0.5% on Thursday, citing weaker than anticipated first-quarter growth and declining inflation. The bank also cut its forecast for 2018 economic g

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Weak services growth adds to fears of slowdown

04 . 05 . 2018

Weak growth in services, the UK economy’s dominant sector, further reduced the chances of an interest rate increase by the Bank of England next week. The closely watched IHS Markit purchasing manag

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UK economic growth drops to five-year low

27 . 04 . 2018

UK economic growth fell to a five-year low in the first quarter of 2018, reducing the possibility of an interest rate rise in May. The Office for National Statistics’ estimate of growth of just 0.1

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Fall in Inflation eases interest rate pressure

20 . 04 . 2018

UK inflation slowed to 2.5% in March, easing pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates in May. The 2.5% annual change in the consumer price index (CPI) was down from 2.7% in February.

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Strong run for UK manufacturing comes to end

13 . 04 . 2018

UK manufacturing contracted in February after almost a year of expansion, prompting economists to downgrade their expectations for UK economic growth in the first quarter of 2018. Manufacturing outpu

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Services and construction sectors disappoint

06 . 04 . 2018

Economic headlines were dominated by the escalating tensions and trade tariff announcements between the US and China. China said it would impose 25% tariffs on 106 US goods including soybeans, orange

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