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  • The Bank of England left its benchmark rate unchanged at 0.5 percent, a record low, on Thursday. Policymakers also kept the size of the asset purchase program unchanged at 375 billion pounds ($584 billion).

  • David Cameron

    U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has said the debate over the role of the European Union (EU) wasn't surprising given the "stratospheric" levels of unemployment in countries like Spain.

  • UK Needs Sterling to Weaken: Pro

    Hans Redeker, global head of FX strategy at Morgan Stanley, says the U.K. environment still points to weaker British pound, and explains how it would boost the economy.

  • BoE Will Stay on Course: Expert

    Stephen Isaacs, chairman of the investment committee at Alvine Capital, says the Bank of England is unlikely to do anything new until Mark Carney's arrival and why its mandate might be expanded then.

  • BoE QE Unlikely

    James Ashley, Senior Economist at RBC Capital Markets says more QE from the Bank of England is highly unlikely. He does not see the U.K. slipping into recession but says the economy will go through a long and slow process of growth.

  • What Should the IMF Tell the UK?

    Jens Larsen, chief European economist at RBC Capital Markets, believes that the IMF is too vague in its fiscal policy recommendation.

  • Global Markets: European Rally Resumes

    Sir Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Manchester United will retire after the club's final match on Sunday, reports CNBC's Ross Westgate.

  • British retail sales plunged unexpectedly last month although the underlying trend appears to be improving, the British Retail Consortium said on Wednesday.

  • Mourinho Is Favourite to Join Man U: Pro

    Alex Donohue, PR officer at Ladbrokes, says Jose Mourinho is seen as the best bet to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

  • Why Sainsbury's Is 'Motoring Ahead'

    Jonathan De Mello, head of retail consultancy at CBRE, says Sainsbury's is "motoring ahead" UK retail with sales growth for eight straight years now and underlines the strong online sales increase.

  •   Don't Look at Short-Term Retail Trends: Pro

    Richard Perks, director of retail research at Mintel International, tells CNBC that confidence among consumers has been on a very slow long-term upwards trend for about two years.

  • The Bank of England

    After a string of better-than-expected economic data for the U.K., many are expecting the bank of Bank of England to keep stimulus measures unchanged at its policy meeting this week.

  • No More QE From BoE?

    George Buckley, Chief UK Economist at Deutsche Bank thinks the Bank of England does not need to implement any more quantitative easing. Nicholas Ferres, Investment Director, Global Asset Allocation of Eastspring Investments joins in the conversation.

  • HSBC Results Not Convincing: Pro

    Cormac Leech, bank equity researcher at Liberum Capital, says HSBC's results are disappointing and advises switching to Lloyds and RBS.

  • Stable Outlook for UK Insurance Industry

    Simon Harris, managing director of Insurance at Moody's, tells CNBC that there is a stable outlook for the UK insurance industry due to three factors.

  • Europeans 'Are Born Blind': Economist

    Roger Nightingale, economist at RDN Associates and Steve Sedgwick have a heated debate about whether Europe can be blamed for Britain's problems.

  • Some shareholders of Verizon Communications say they could be happy for the company to pay up to $130 billion for Vodafone Group's stake in their U.S. wireless venture.

  • UK Service Sector Exports Are Strong: Expert

    John Longworth, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, tells CNBC that the exports for the service sector are strong in the United Kingdom, but manufacturing has tailed off.

  • British Govt & Banks Were in 'Shotgun Marriage'

    Nick Carn, founder of Carn Macro Advisors, tells CNBC that the British government probably won't get out of RBS and Lloyds before the next election.

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    After years of on-off talks, Glencore's head Ivan Glasenberg gets to complete the $30 billion acquisition of Xstrata on Thursday, the mining industry's biggest takeover yet.