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China's economic growth slowest since 1990 amid trade war with US

China's economic growth slowest since 1990 amid trade war with US

Fears China may not be able to help shore up weakening global growth as GDP figures are slowest nation has reported in 28 yearsChina’s economy grew 6.6% in 2018, its slowest pace in almost 30 years,
Plan to redirect inner-city funds to Tory shires 'a stitch-up’

Plan to redirect inner-city funds to Tory shires 'a stitch-up’

Critics hit out at ministers’ proposed changes that claim to simplify grant distributionMinisters have been accused of a “stitch-up” over proposals to redraw the funding formula for councils in a way
Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia | Larry Elliott

Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia | Larry Elliott

Global elite at Davos 2019 must do more than talk about real-world problemsDavos this year will be like Hamlet without the prince. Donald Trump was all set to be the star of the show for the second
Davos 2019: What to watch for at the World Economic Forum

Davos 2019: What to watch for at the World Economic Forum

As many world leaders stay away, will any progress be made at ‘family reunion for the people who broke the world’?Political and economic problems loom heavily over the global elite as they gather at
'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism

'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff’s new book is a chilling exposé of the business model that underpins the digital world. Observer tech columnist John Naughton explains the importance of Zuboff’s work and asks the
One thing to be grateful to Brexit for: Britons are buying less on credit

One thing to be grateful to Brexit for: Britons are buying less on credit

Consumer borrowing is falling, which is no bad thing. But it’s uncertainty, not regulation, that’s acting as the brakeA sharp decline in household spending on the never-never, and especially spending
The shutdown has exposed Trumponomics for what it is: a disaster | Robert Reich

The shutdown has exposed Trumponomics for what it is: a disaster | Robert Reich

When the president is proud to close government and proud to slash taxes for the rich, American workers get shaftedOne of the least talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the US
A burst of good news can’t hide the economic hazards ahead in 2019

A burst of good news can’t hide the economic hazards ahead in 2019

Doomsayers warn of a slump as early as next year – and it might be too late to prove them wrongAlmost as soon as the world’s most eminent economic doomsayers began to warn about an impending slump,
Davos 2019: do the global elite have the will to fix the world's problems?

Davos 2019: do the global elite have the will to fix the world's problems?

Globalisation, populism and Brexit are among the issues at the World Economic ForumPolitical and economic problems loom heavily over the global elite as they gather at Davos for the World Economic
No-deal Brexit could stem the supply of Mother's Day flowers

No-deal Brexit could stem the supply of Mother's Day flowers

Dutch exporters warn of major delivery problems if Britain crashes out of the EUMeet Brexit’s latest potential victim: the Mother’s Day bouquet. While the tumult in Westminster is keeping political
UK shoppers rein in spending as fears grow over economy

UK shoppers rein in spending as fears grow over economy

Gloomy end to year for retailers but sales growth for 2018 as a whole was up on 2017British consumers reined in their spending in December after splashing out during November on Black Friday
Stock markets rally on trade hopes, but UK retail sales fall - as it happened

Stock markets rally on trade hopes, but UK retail sales fall - as it happened

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial newsLatest: China ‘offers to ramp up US imports’UK retail sales fell 0.9% in DecemberHave we reached ‘peak stuff’? Earlier:WSJ: Steven Mnuchin
Students and rail users 'penalised by flawed inflation measure'

Students and rail users 'penalised by flawed inflation measure'

Lords report accuses ministers of ‘inflation shopping’ with tactical use of RPI and CPIStudents and rail passengers have been unfairly penalised by the government using a “flawed” measure of inflation
Credit card demand faces record drop as Brexit spooks borrowers - as it happened

Credit card demand faces record drop as Brexit spooks borrowers - as it happened

UK lenders predict falling demand for credit cards and mortgages, as Brexit crisis rolls onLatest: Credit card demand faces biggest fall since at least 2007Introduction: Japan urges fight against
Only a rupture with the EU will alter the failed status quo | Larry Elliott

Only a rupture with the EU will alter the failed status quo | Larry Elliott

It’s not plausible that either Brexit in name only or no exit at all can lead to radical reform of our broken systemThe pound rose, and all was calm on the stock market. As far as the financial
Sears to stay open after chairman wins $5bn bankruptcy auction

Sears to stay open after chairman wins $5bn bankruptcy auction

Eddie Lampert may be able to keep roughly 400 remaining Sears stores open and save tens of thousands of jobs, at least for nowSears will live on at least for now.The company’s chairman and largest
UK inflation falls to lowest level in two years

UK inflation falls to lowest level in two years

Drop in fuel and clothing prices spur drop to 2.1%, offering respite to consumersUK inflation fell to its lowest level in nearly two years in December after a drop in petrol prices offered some
Trump's economy is great for billionaires, not for working people | Bernie Sanders

Trump's economy is great for billionaires, not for working people | Bernie Sanders

Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires and large corporations, we must demand that they pay their fair shareDonald Trump tells us the US economy is “absolutely booming”, the “strongest we’ve
Mark Carney: Financial markets think no-deal Brexit less likely - as it happened

Mark Carney: Financial markets think no-deal Brexit less likely - as it happened

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has told MPs that UK banks can cope with disorderly Brexit, but investors believe it’s less likely following Tuesday’s voteLatest: Carney on sterling reboundPound
Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

After extreme weather-related events, there is ‘need for international cooperation’Growing tension between the world’s major powers is the most urgent global risk and makes it harder to mobilise