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According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, permanent staff appointments increased at a marked rate at the end of 2018 while temporary billings also rose sharply.
The cost of luxury goods and services has risen more than twice as fast as that of everyday items, shows new research from Coutts.
UK workers received a Christmas bonus with the highest wage growth for a decade reported last week. The labour market is yet again the star performer in an economy that is otherwise losing a little momentum.
Last week the focus was on the Bank of England's no-deal Brexit scenarios. This week it will be Parliament in the lime-light.
The UK Treasury painted a downbeat picture for the UK economy in the event of a no-Brexit deal but was surpassed by an even more pessimistic prognosis from the Bank of England. Still, all major UK banks passed the latest annual stress tests assuming a worst case scenario, highlighting significantly enhanced capital positions.
The publication of a draft EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement puts down on paper the debates of the last 18 months. Its progress is far from assured, but we were also given a glimpse of what the future might look like from the accompanying political declaration. Here’s our take on the key points along with the latest UK data.
UK GDP growth picked up in Q3 but this bounce is likely to be fleeting, judging from latest downbeat business surveys.
According to the latest Royal Bank of Scotland Report on Jobs, labour market conditions in Scotland remained robust during October, with recruitment agencies signalling sharp growth in permanent placements and temp staff billings.
The Bank of England’s latest forecasts show inflation staying above the 2% target, despite rising UK rate expectations. Prices should get a further boost from the looser fiscal policy announced in the Budget. But, as ever, all those forecasts hinge on a smooth Brexit.
The US economy is motoring along, driven by recent tax cuts, keeping the Fed on course for further gradual tightening in coming months. However, signs of weakness in the Euro area mean a rate hike is some way off.