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Government spending plans 'a very big risk', says watchdog
The Office for Budget Responsibility says the plans are "uncertain" and rely on projected savings.

Bank boss concerned over UK growth outlook
Andrew Bailey raises concerns over growth and rules out any early cut in interest rates.

Sunak welcomes foreign firms' £29.5bn 'vote of confidence'
The prime minister says foreign investors' plans to invest £29.5bn is a "huge vote of confidence".

New Zealand smoking ban: Health experts criticise new government's shock reversal
Health experts are appalled as the new government plans to repeal the policy to fund tax cuts.

Zhongzhi Enterprise Group: China investigates major shadow bank for 'crimes'
Zhongzhi Enterprise, one of China's biggest shadow banks, has lent billions to real estate firms.

COP28: UAE planned to use climate talks to make oil deals
Leaked documents show how the COP28 host planned to use its role to strike fossil fuel business deals.

Interest rates: Why there is more pain still to come
Inflation may be easing but the impact of high interest rates is still to kick in for many people.

Austerity warning for public services after tax cuts
The tax cuts in the Autumn Statement will come at the expense of public services, think tanks say.

Autumn Statement: Hunt denies tax cuts were pre-election giveaway
The chancellor insists his financial plans are not "crowd-pleasing" and he is not being dishonest.

Turkey's central bank raises interest rates to 40%
Turkey has been hit with soaring prices, but its president has only recently allowed rate hikes.

UK economy growth forecasts slashed for next two years
The economy will grow much more slowly than previously thought until 2025, the government's forecaster says.

Minimum wage to rise to £11.44 per hour
The new rate will apply to those aged 21 and over for the first time, the chancellor says.

Bank of England governor says don't underestimate inflation
The governor of the Bank of England says inflation might not fall as quickly as some are hoping.

Retail sales hit lowest level since 2021 lockdowns
Shoppers bought less in October amid higher prices, rising living costs and poor weather.

Price paid for offshore power to rise by over 50%
The increase in the price paid to generate electricity aims to entice energy firms to invest.

Five things we learned from the Biden-Xi meeting
The rival presidents found common ground on climate change, military communications and fentanyl.

Autumn Statement 2023: National Insurance and more key announcements by Jeremy Hunt
Here's what you need to know about Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's tax and spending plans for the year ahead.

UK inflation rate calculator: How much are prices rising for you?
Use our calculator to find out how much the cost of living is going up in your household.

What is the UK inflation rate and how does it affect me?
The rate at which prices are rising has fallen but still remains above the 2% inflation target.

What is GDP and how is it measured?
A basic guide to how the economy is measured and why that calculation matters.

What is a recession and how could it affect me?
The UK's economy is predicted to shrink in 2023 but is not expected to fall into recession.

Russian influx drives up rental prices in Dubai
Average rents in the Emirate rose by more than a third last year as soaring demand outstripped supply.

Trains: How can it take so long to fix a struggling railway?
One company is promising passengers "generational" change - but said there must be "pain" first.

The race across Europe to build green steel plants
A project is under way in northern Sweden which will drastically cut CO2 emissions in making steel.

Have Biden's economic plans hit the buffers?
In his keynote speech he laid out new or rehashed ideas. But they probably aren't going anywhere.

Why are BP, Shell, and other oil giants making so much money right now?
Oil and gas producers are making billions while bills soar. Should governments tax them more?

Droughts leave cargo riverboats high and dry
Falling river levels are affecting the use of cargo riverboats around the world.

Can Sri Lanka trade its way back to prosperity?
Ben Chu, Newsnight's economic editor, takes a closer look at the country's economic woes.

Thousands of Starbucks workers strike on Red Cup Day
Employees staged the walkout on one of the store's busiest days of the year, when it gives away reusable holiday cups.

Ros Atkins on… How the HS2 plan changed over the years
The BBC’s analysis editor looks at the delays, spiralling costs and cuts affecting the proposed high speed rail line.

Rupert Murdoch's media empire through the years
He built one of the world's most powerful media empires - here are some of his biggest acquisitions.

Interest rate and mortgages: What you can do about rising payments
Watch the BBC's Lora Jones tell you five things you can do about your mortgage, in a minute.

Why did NatWest's CEO Dame Alison Rose have to step aside?
The BBC's analysis editor Ros Atkins answers key questions about Dame Alison Rose's resignation.

Sir Richard Branson on 'painful' virgin coverage during pandemic
The billionaire was criticised for asking the government for a loan to save his Virgin Group.

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