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  • In Britain, Austerity Collides With Pension System Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 1:27 AM ET
    London Housing

    It may be the age of austerity for many in Britain. For a former doctor, Geoffrey Lipman, it is anything but.  Dr. Geoffrey Lipman, who is retired, gets about $78,000 a year in his government pension.

  • Is It Time to Kill Off UK’s Zombie Companies? Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 3:17 AM ET
    Zombie

    As any horror film buff knows, zombies are difficult to kill. And the zombie companies which are increasingly causing concern in the U.K. are also going to be tricky to get rid of.

  • Olympics Over, London Wants Super-Yachts to Stay Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 8:55 AM ET
    The 414ft luxury yacht 'Octopus' owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, is moored in South Quay on the Isle of Dogs on July 23, 2012 in London, England.

    Upgrading their docks and beefing up luxury harbor services, London's marinas are seeking to capitalize on the games, which  demonstrated that the city is a viable super-yacht venue.

  • Lawrence Summers, Director of President Barack Obama's National Economic Council

    Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers has argued the U.K. faces a lost decade like Japan unless the government changes its economic policies, but economists and experts have told CNBC that the reasons Summers cites are wrong.

  • No Easy Answers on How to Fix the Banks in Europe Sunday, 16 Sep 2012 | 9:20 PM ET
    A European Union, left, and a Hungarian national flag, fly outside the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Hungary's central bank, in Budapest.

    Beleaguered countries like Spain have been counting on a quick and neat way to fix their banks without taking on more crippling debt. The New York Times reports.

  • Funeral Costs Surge 71% in Britain Since 2004 Friday, 14 Sep 2012 | 3:21 AM ET
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    A new report finds that the cost of funerals his risen by 71 percent in the past eight years in the United Kingdom, leaving 17 percent of people struggling to afford a funeral.

  • Costa del Sol region in Spain.

    Spain's economic crisis has prompted a movement within Spain dubbed it “rurbanismo,” a term invented to describe the reverse migration from city to country that has stemmed a generations-old trend that has long been the usual pattern in most advanced industrial economies, the New York Times reports.

  • Could a Canadian Be the Next Bank of England Governor? Wednesday, 12 Sep 2012 | 5:22 AM ET
    Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    A high-profile job with a hefty salary, travel, and an almost guaranteed knighthood (unless you really mess up) will be advertised in The Economist this week.

  • Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke speaks at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation headquarters, on February 16, 2012 in Arlington, Virgina.

    In September 1992, the Federal Reserve culminated a long-running effort to stimulate the sluggish economy by cutting its benchmark interest rate to 3 percent, the lowest level it had reached in almost three decades.

  • Bets on European Bonds Paying Off for Funds Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 10:56 AM ET
    Euros

    When fear gripped the European markets in April, the money manager Robert Tipp decided to buy more Portuguese government bonds. He figured that European officials wouldn’t let the country turn into another Greece.

  • Barclays New CEO Shake-Up: What to Expect Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 2:31 AM ET
    Antony Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barclays PLC.

    Antony Jenkins, the new chief executive of Barclays, is to announce a shake-up of the business early next year which will shrink investment banking division Barclays Capital (BarCap) and bankers’ paydays.

  • Security Service Recruits Outside Help on Q’s Gizmos Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 3:55 AM ET
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    Q, the twinkly-eyed boffin who provides James Bond with his trademark high-tech gadgetry, faces fresh competition. The heads of British intelligence are appealing to small and medium-sized technology companies to help to provide the gizmos they need for covert operations, the Financial Times reports.

  • The notion of a new U.K. state-backed bank targeting lending to small businesses has gained more currency in recent days.

  • Greek Government and Public at Odds Over New Cuts Thursday, 6 Sep 2012 | 2:16 AM ET
    Greek Parliament

    Anastasia Kastaniotou, a struggling mother of three, stood near the Greek Parliament building on Wednesday and threw up her hands as she contemplated an €11.5 billion austerity package that her country’s government was trying to tie up this week to keep Greece in the euro, the New York Times reports.

  • UK Cabinet Reshuffle: Good News for Business? Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 | 7:06 AM ET

    The UK government’s reshuffle of key positions within the cabinet keeps too much of the old guard to get the economy moving, a key business leader told CNBC Wednesday.

  • The UK’s benchmark FTSE index has suffered this year compared to the country’s currency and bonds, a trend that is not set to end anytime soon, according to analysts.

  • British Chancellor George Osborne stays put but a number of high profile figures in the U.K.'s Conservative party cabinet have lost their positions in Prime Minister David Cameron’s first reshuffle since the coalition government took charge in 2010, according to reports from news agencies and the Financial Times.

  • Osborne Booed By Olympics Crowd as Economy Worsens Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 4:30 AM ET

    It should have been the ideal public relations gambit for a politician whose ratings are plummeting in the polls.

  • The UK government should stimulate the economy by building more houses, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) told CNBC on Friday, after the lobby group slashed its growth forecasts for 2012 and 2013.

  • Valuations For Equities Are Compelling: Expert Monday, 3 Sep 2012 | 2:30 AM ET
    Valuations For Equities Are Compelling:  Expert

    Ian Williams, Chairman at Charteris Portfolio Managers says that gilts are at their most expensive compared to equities since the second world war.