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  • UK Finance Minister Faces Drug Allegations Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 11:14 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    UK Finance Minister George Osborne faced controversy Monday as allegations resurfaced about him taking cocaine with a former madam.

  • UK Chancellor Opens Door to Quantitative Easing Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 9:57 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, appeared to clear the path for a second round of quantitative easing (QE)  over the weekend, telling journalists at the G7 meeting in Marseilles, France, that he saw no barriers to such an action, if the Bank of England asked for it.

  • The UK's banks should ring-fence their retail operations from riskier investment banking and increase their capital requirements beyond what is required by the Basel III directives, a much-anticipated report by the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said Monday.

  • UK Banks Eye £6 Billion Cost of Reforms Sunday, 11 Sep 2011 | 9:53 PM ET

    Britain’s banks will face an annual bill of as much as £6 billion ($9.5 billion) to comply with the reforms of the Vickers Commission, according to the panel’s final report, published on Monday. The FT reports.

  • Is British Pound About to Get a Beating? Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 2:55 PM ET

    With all the action on the Continent, the British pound has been out of the spotlight. It's time for a look — and you might not like it.

  • UK Should Be Rated A+, Not AAA: Danske Bank Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 8:43 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The United Kingdom should lose its AAA credit rating and be cut by four notches to A+, according to analysts at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

  • Weekly Jobless Claims  Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 8:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Rick Santelli weighs in on this weeks jobless claims and Steve Liesman shares the U.S. trade deficit numbers with exports higher and imports lower.

  • UK Should Be Rated A+, Not AAA: Danske Bank Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 7:16 AM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The United Kingdom should lose its AAA credit rating and be cut by four notches to A+, according to analysts at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.

  • More Easing on the Way for the UK? Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 6:36 AM ET

    The call for further quantitative easing by business leaders in the UK to reboot the economy has divided analysts and commentators between those who fear it will create a bigger deficit and those who argue that it is needed to stave off another recession.

  • UK Heading For Downgrade: Analyst  Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 3:40 AM ET

    The UK's credit rating is four notches too high at present, and should be downgraded to A , John Hydeskov, senior analyst at Danskebank, told CNBC. The analyst predicted that the UK would be formally downgraded in 2012, as a result of falling real growth and rising national debt.

  • UK Consumers Worse Off Than 2009: Retail Chain Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 3:29 AM ET

    Shoppers in the UK are in a worse place than during the last recession, the group finance director of one of the country's biggest supermarket chains told CNBC Thursday.

  • Soros: Crisis 'Worse Than Lehman' Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 1:14 AM ET
    George Soros

    Remember the collapse of Lehman Brothers ? Europeans certainly do. As Europe struggles to contain its government debt crisis, the greatest fear is that one of the Continent’s major banks may fail.

  • Osborne Urged to Drop 50p Tax Rate Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 12:55 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne should drop the 50p top rate of income tax “at the earliest opportunity” to boost growth, according to 20 high-profile economists writing in the FT.

  • European Stocks Fall Sharply as Debt Fears Hit Banks Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 12:23 PM ET
    Close-up of a pen on stock price chart

    European shares fell sharply on Monday amid renewed fears over the euro zone debt crisis and a warning from Deutsche Bank’s CEO on the outlook for banks.

  • UK Set for More Money-Printing: Goldman Sachs Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 4:28 AM ET

    With the financial system facing renewed stress and global growth faltering economists at Goldman Sachs are predicting Britain will embark on a second round of quantitative easing in the coming months.

  • PIMCO's Gross Urges Rethink of UK Recovery Strategy Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 12:53 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The austerity measures implemented by British finance minister George Osborne risk pushing the UK economy into recession, Bill Gross, the manager of PIMCO, said in an interview with the Times newspaper.

  • Company Annual Reports Need 'Major Surgery': Analyst Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 12:13 AM ET

    Without "major surgery" on companies' annual reports, investors' trust will continue to diminish, impacting on growth, James Roberts, a partner at accountancy firm BDO, said as his firm released new research showing reports remain a crucial influence when it comes to investment decisions.

  • UK Growth Forecast Cut; Rates to Stay Low: BCC Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 7:09 PM ET
    Tower Bridge and City of London financial district

    The British Chamber of Commerce cut its growth forecasts for the UK for this year and next and said the weaker-than-predicted economy means interest rates will have to stay low longer than expected.

  • Inflation Could Become a Problem in 2013  Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:30 AM ET

    "Inflation fears at the start of the year were always something I was skeptical about and which I always thought were overdone," Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, told CNBC. However, he added he was concerned that inflation could become an issue in 2013.

  • Cat And Mouse Game In Europe: Analyst Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 4:04 AM ET

    Germany is playing a cat and mouse game with less successful European economies as negotiations over the euro zone crisis continue at the country level, Giles Keating, head of research at Credit Suisse, told CNBC Friday.