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

    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
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    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
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    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 Could Become a Problem in 2013

    "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.

  • Short Sellers Remain Calm Despite Bans Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 2:52 AM ET

    Short sellers and securities lenders have remained calm in spite of controversial short selling bans for bank stocks introduced in Europe this month, the FT says.

  • UK Groups Cast Net Towards China for Executives Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011 | 1:47 AM ET

    Companies face a scramble to hire talented executives with Chinese experience to join their boards as the focus of UK business shifts increasingly towards the east, the FT reports.

  • UK Set for Slow Growth but No Recession Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 7:08 AM ET
    Big Ben

    Despite the widespread gloom, the consensus is that Britain will not re-enter a recession, Norma Cohen writes in the FT.

  • Empty Wallet

    UK households saw their finances deteriorate faster than during the height of the recession in 2009 in August, a survey showed on Monday, in a sign that the economic recovery remains fragile in the country as prices rise and incomes fall.

  • HP to Meet UK Lawmakers Over Autonomy Deal Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 12:12 PM ET
    Hewlett Packard

    Executives from Hewlett Packard will meet UK Business Secretary Vince Cable next week to discuss the 7.1 billion pounds ($11.7 billion) takeover of Autonomy, one of the UK's biggest software companies.

  • What Traders Are Saying: Uncertainty Stalks London Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 10:14 AM ET

    Traders in the City of London, one of the financial districts of the UK capital, see a market environment where trust has all but evaporated and the best course of action is often to do absolutely nothing.

  • Risk Is Out, Safe Havens Are In Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 8:26 AM ET

    Investors are looking for any safe haven in a storm — it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Banking regulators should consider temporarily lowering capital requirements in an effort to boost the feeble supply of credit to the economy, according to a top official at the Bank of England, the FT reports.

  • UK Police Arrest 13th Phone Hacking Suspect Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 1:01 AM ET
    James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia.

    The Metropolitan Police arrested another suspect as part of their investigations into phone hacking at the now closed News of the World newspaper, London's Metropolitan police said on Thursday.