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  • UK retailer becoming more optimistic: Pro

    Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, says the U.K. is seeing a "tepid uplift" in consumer activity and that retailers are becoming more optimistic about the year ahead.

  • The onward march of discount U.K. retailer Primark will continue with its first U.S. store, in the Boston building previously occupied by Filene’s.

  • The production line at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull, England

    Optimism among U.K. manufacturers rose at its fastest rate since 1973 in the first three months of this year, according to a survey out on Wednesday.

  • Parents deem these places with top universities

    According to a HSBC survey, 51 percent of parents polled around the world ranked the U.S. as one of the top university destinations. CNBC's Julia Wood reports.

  • A Starbucks coffee location in London.

    The shift by the world's largest coffee chain comes after its low tax contributions in Britain provoked widespread criticism.

  • UK economy remains 'fragile'

    Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Financial Group, explains why despite positive data, the U.K. economy remains "rather fragile", and discusses top stock picks.

  • The independence arguments of the Scottish Nationalist Party are beginning to stir voters, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

  • Cans of food at the Thamesmead food bank in London.

    The number of Britons tapping food banks for emergency provisions nearly tripled in the last 12 months, a charity said on Wednesday.

  • Tesco has 'a lot more to do': Pro

    David Gray, retail analyst at Planet Retail, says Tesco faces "fairly big" problems and need to focus on getting its food offering right, innovate and tighten margins on core products.

  • Sell euro against sterling: Pro

    Michael Sneyd, foreign exchange analyst at BNP Paribas, says the U.K. jobless figure is positive for the economy and sterling and advises playing the currency against the euro.

  • UK in 'goldilocks' period: Pro

    James Carrick, economist at Legal and General Investment Management, discusses why he thinks the U.K. is in a "goldilocks" period.

  • UK inflation to weaken further: Pro

    James Knightley, U.K. economist at ING Wholesale Banking, says that many factors indicate U.K. inflation could continue to trend lower, while wage increases could speed up.

  • We need to build a more resilient economy: UK Fin Min

    U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, says the country needs to invest and export more in order to build a more resilient economy.

  • Armed separatists took virtual control of a city in eastern Ukraine and Kiev prepared troops to respond.

  • British retailer Marks & Spencer's non-food sales fell for an eleventh consecutive quarter, the firm said on Thursday, increasing the pressure on management to explain why heavy investment has not yet delivered an anticipated turnaround.

  • BoE rate hikes will be very cautious: Pro

    David Owen, chief European economist at Jefferies International and Kit Juckes, global head of foreign exchange strategy at Societe Generale, discuss what the "new normal" for U.K. interest rates will be once they start rising.

  • Where M&S is going wrong

    Jessica Ground, U.K. equities fund manager at Schroders, says questions remain over Marks and Spencer's online strategy and clothing ranges.

  • UK housing: Low supply squeezing prices

    Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS, highlights that while there's been a rebound in activity in U.K. housing, it's still a third down from its peak and lack of supply remains the main issue.

  • M&S: 'Heavy discounting' boosted clothing

    Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, says M&S results show "savvy data-management" and a lack of clarity on some areas, such as clothing.

  • UK: Trade balance remains 'fairly wide'

    Amit Kara, U.K. economist at UBS, says the U.K.'s trade balance for February is a "little bit better" than expected but points out that the goods trade balance remains "fairly wide."