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Economic map of Britain set to be transformed

Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Brighton are set to emerge as supercities, and the economic map of Great Britain is set to be transformed as centres for gaming, wind farms and robotics replace factories, power stations and livestock. Or so says a new report from HSBC.

It really is a fascinating study, and one that coincides quite closely with the view expressed here often enough, that the credit crunch can be a force for positive change, if we let it.

No doubt you are familiar with the argument that one of the...Read More

House prices see May lift

“When April comes with its sweet showers … then people long to go on pilgrimages.” Well, that’s the gist of the first few lines of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

It seems that today one can take a different slant and say, once that April’s showers give rise to May’s sun, folks long...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Cheer up: by this time in 2011 you may be a millionaire

There’s bad news for millionaires. There’s fewer of you around now.

If you have been relegated from the millionaire class, cheer up though, you probably didn’t even realize you were a millionaire in the first place.

According to the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR) there are now just 242,000 millionaires...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

House prices see May lift

“When April comes with its sweet showers … then people long to go on pilgrimages.” Well, that’s the gist of the first few lines of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

It seems that today one can take a different slant and say, once that April’s showers give rise to May’s sun, folks long...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

It will be a long, hot summer for graduates and school-leavers, but jobs are there for those who can market themselves

If you are set to leave school shortly, or graduate from university, here is some advice: start another course.

According to KPMG, the latest CIPD/KPMG Labour Market Outlook report highlights a job market sure to strike fear into school-leavers and graduates taking first steps into the job market.

School-leavers seem to...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Economic map of Britain set to be transformed

Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool and Brighton are set to emerge as supercities, and the economic map of Great Britain is set to be transformed as centres for gaming, wind farms and robotics replace factories, power stations and livestock. Or so says a new report from HSBC.

It really is a fascinating...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

British banking trio to see name changed to Santander

Abbey, Alliance & Leicester and Bradford & Bingley are all to be subject to a major brand change.

The next time you get the Abbey habit, it will be called the Santander habit instead.

Doesn’t really flow, does it? Then again, it does make sense.

British banks have made such a pig’s ear...Read More

Posted May 27, 2009

Markets celebrate over mixed data

There was a hint of euphoria in the air yesterday. The Dow Jones soared, rising 196 points; more evidence emerged, it seems, to suggest the US economy has begun the slow climb out of recession.

And yet, take a another look at the data, and one can’t help but feel that...Read More

Posted May 27, 2009

Housing spring could turn to winter, warns Goldman Sachs

There is no doubt about it, there have been signs of better times ahead for the UK housing market lately.

But, two property market bears came out over the weekend, spreading their gloom. What do you think will happen? Here is one theory.

Goldman Sachs warned last Friday that house prices will...Read More

Posted May 26, 2009

Pension time-bomb ticks even louder: what is the answer?

Oh well, who wants to retire anyway?

The date when we are going to be put out to grass seems to be moving further away.

And this morning, a raft of reports and findings have been released on that most ominous of ticking clocks, the pensions crisis. It seems UK plc is...Read More

Posted May 26, 2009

UK’s credit rating was “inexplicable”, says OECD, but are they shooting at the messenger?

When the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor’s put the UK long-term rating on its sovereign debt on a negative outlook, most expected the UK’s critics to come out in droves and say “I told you so.”

Instead, it seems the critics have been slamming Standard & Poor’s, and in the process a...Read More

Posted May 26, 2009

Microsoft lays down the challenge to Google

At last we may be seeing some serious competition for Google.

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its latest attempt to start clawing back market share from the seemingly unbeatable Google. This time it’s a new search engine, and this time Microsoft seems to think it has found something special.

“Today, search engines do a...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

It will be a long, hot summer for graduates and school-leavers, but jobs are there for those who can market themselves

If you are set to leave school shortly, or graduate from university, here is some advice: start another course.

According to KPMG, the latest CIPD/KPMG Labour Market Outlook report highlights a job market sure to strike fear into school-leavers and graduates taking first steps into the job market.

School-leavers seem to...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Microsoft lays down the challenge to Google

At last we may be seeing some serious competition for Google.

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled its latest attempt to start clawing back market share from the seemingly unbeatable Google. This time it’s a new search engine, and this time Microsoft seems to think it has found something special.

“Today, search engines do a...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Cheer up: by this time in 2011 you may be a millionaire

There’s bad news for millionaires. There’s fewer of you around now.

If you have been relegated from the millionaire class, cheer up though, you probably didn’t even realize you were a millionaire in the first place.

According to the Centre of Economics and Business Research (CEBR) there are now just 242,000 millionaires...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Supermarkets continue to grab market share

Here’s your question for the day. There’s a recession on, and yet food sales are rising. Okay, we have all got to eat, so you can understand why food sales may stay static, but why should food sales go up? For that matter, how has Waitrose managed to enjoy 4...Read More

Posted May 29, 2009

Why the battle to save British jobs at Vauxhall, is really about something different

The Germans and the French are at it, and therefore, goes the argument, so should we. France has long been busy building new Maginot lines of business. As for Germany, right now it seems that only Angela Merkel can decide the fate of Opel.

Meanwhile, the British government is getting a...Read More

Posted May 27, 2009

Oil to pass $150 within two years

In the Middle East, Saudi oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, has warned the price of oil could go shooting back up to $150 a barrel within two or three years.

Meanwhile, in China, PetroChina, has become the world’s largest company, by market capitalisation.

Mr Ali al-Naimi is worried about lack of investment within...Read More

Posted May 26, 2009

Europe's last bastion of economic growth finally succumbs

While all around the world plunged into crisis, in one country, not much seemed to change. In this country, quarter on quarter growth remained positive for most of last year. It was as if the recession was passing it by, like a Viking ship passing the shore, while terrified villagers watched...Read More

Posted May 22, 2009

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