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So is deflation a threat?

Posted on: 6 March 2014

After a quiet start to the year the food police are back in action. The last couple of days have brought calls to ban sugary drinks and high-protein foods because they are bad for you.

Panic over

Posted on: 5 March 2014

La Fédération Française des Trufficulteurs is dedicated to the growing and marketing of that most furtive of fungi, the truffle. Being French, it is fiercely protective of its products, not least because they sell for a lot of money; over £400 per kilogramme according to this morning's papers or £1,687/kg on Amazon.

Dull day in prospect, Putin permitting

Posted on: 4 March 2014

The governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia has been relatively muted recently in his remarks about the overvaluation of his currency but he can't help himself

A 15-PMI day; count ’em…

Posted on: 3 March 2014

Unemployment in Sweden is currently running at 8.6%, with 4,619,000 people out of work. Some 61,000 of them are registered with the job centre in Stockholm.

Movement in all the wrong places

Posted on: 28 February 2014

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis regulators declared open season on the banks. They saw them as potential cash cows that could be milked without fear of recrimination by voters...

What glass ceiling?

Posted on: 27 February 2014

Researchers asked 570 people what they most disliked about "modern life". The runaway winner was the machine that says "unexpected item in the bagging area" but a surprising number of people detest plastic cups with almost equal venom.

Today’s topic; the UK economy

Posted on: 26 February 2014

The Independent newspaper reveals statistics from the Wine Institute, which show that the highest annual consumption is in the Vatican City where the 836 residents apparently imbibe 74 litres of wine per capita.

South African economy set to accelerate

Posted on: 25 February 2014

The Scottish and UK prime ministers both decided to mount their own dog and pony show in Aberdeen yesterday.

Euroland inflation and that’s it

Posted on: 24 February 2014

The Army's elite Special Air Service has fallen foul of that other doughty defender of the nation, the Health and Safety Executive.

Anything better than zero would be good

Posted on: 21 February 2014

Sterling unchanged against euro and Swiss franc, and almost unchanged against USD and Northern Scandinavian crowns...

Sterling dodges unemployment uptick

Posted on: 20 February 2014

Yesterday's UK employment data receives varied coverage in this morning's papers. The Daily Telegraph trumpets that, for the first time in half a decade, wages are rising faster than prices.

An inflation miss is as good as a mile

Posted on: 19 February 2014

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven, New York, is a giant particle physics research apparatus that will collide heavy ions with one another at close to the speed of light.

BoJ cranks up the presses

Posted on: 18 February 2014

This morning the Bank of Japan announced that it would continue its aggressive easing of monetary policy and that commercial banks would be able to borrow twice as much cheap money as before.

Stronger growth in Euroland?

Posted on: 14 February 2014

Enrico Letta stood down as premier yesterday to clear the way for his replacement, Matteo Renzi, after nearly ten months in office.

Aussie employment stumps the analysts again

Posted on: 13 February 2014

After the three largest UK political parties united yesterday to proscribe currency union with an independent Scotland it is hard not to sympathise with the Scottish nationalists who accuse Westminster politicians of bluff and bluster.