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No change expected from ECB but…

Posted on: 6 June 2013

The annual Bilderberg meeting starts today in Watford. Attendance is by invitation only, with delegates drawn from the upper echelons of international politics, finance and commerce.

Three out of three for UK PMIs?

Posted on: 5 June 2013

The EC is keen to shift Euroland away from fossil fuels and into cheap renewable energy. But not too keen. And certainly not too cheap.

Manufacturing PMI gives sterling a boost

Posted on: 4 June 2013

All Euroland readings yesterday were below 50, thus indicative of falling activity, but all were also better on the month. Unfortunately, better was not good enough to match Britain's 51.3, let along Switzerland's 52.2.

PMI time

Posted on: 3 June 2013

As always at the beginning of the month, PMIs are in the main attraction today...


Posted on: 30 May 2013

New UK planning legislation comes into force today. One of its aims is that, by loosening the regulations about change of use, it will reverse the "cycle of decline" that has brought growing numbers of boarded-up shop fronts to provincial high streets.

Rand lower on weak GDP number

Posted on: 29 May 2013

Researchers have discovered that people who undergo surgery on a Friday are less likely to survive it than those who have their operations on other days of the week.

More random activity in Tokyo

Posted on: 28 May 2013

The Sherpas who look after Everest have a serious traffic problem as a result of the numbers trying to get to the top and down again...

Yen higher on latest BoJ comment

Posted on: 24 May 2013

There was no massive reaction from the pound but on average it is lower on the day. Whilst it gained half a US cent and strengthened by a similar proportion against the Northern Scandinavian crowns it lost ground almost everywhere else...

Point three or not point three?

Posted on: 23 May 2013

A handful of newspapers carry a story about a "giant badger" terrorising pupils at the imaginatively-named Folkestone School for Girls, a school for girls in Folkestone.

Lower inflation = lower pound

Posted on: 22 May 2013

Researchers have discovered that people working in London spend more time travelling to and from work than anywhere else in Britain.

All eyes on UK inflation data today

Posted on: 21 May 2013

Investors either failed to notice the prime minister's missive to Tory foot soldiers or missed the surrealism of a party leader beseeching his members to go along with whatever tangential policy wheeze he and his chums dream up on the spur of the moment...

More of the soporific same

Posted on: 20 May 2013

The euro fared reasonably well last week though, keeping pace with the pound and losing only a cent and a quarter to the US Dollar.

Quiet end to a quiet week

Posted on: 17 May 2013

It looked yesterday evening as though the Tory rebellion, which saw 130 voting against the Queen's Speech in the House of Commons, might be damaging to sterling.

Recovery still in governor’s sight

Posted on: 16 May 2013

The Secretary of State for Education has come up with a "radical rethink" about GCSE examination grades. Instead of A*******, A******, A*****, A****, A***, A**, A*, A, B and C he proposes grades of 1 to 10.

Today’s hot topics; employment and inflation

Posted on: 15 May 2013

Researchers have discovered a link between the number of Subway sandwich shops in a country and the obesity of its citizens.