The economy

House prices remain strong

The UK housing market 'remained strong' in June 2014 as prices rose 1% during the month, according to data collected by Nationwide.

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Northern Ireland international trade scheme launched

A support scheme designed to help businesses in Northern Ireland trade internationally has been launched by the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce.

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IT and digital support for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises can now apply for IT and digital support worth up to £2,000, after the UK IT Association joined the Government’s Growth Voucher programme.

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House prices rise 0.7% in May 2014

The average price of UK homes rose 0.7% in May 2014, slowing slightly from the 1.2% increase in April 2014, figures from Nationwide reveal.

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Workplace optimism increases

Consumer confidence has reached its highest level in almost 7 years and optimism is increasing among UK workers, according to a study by YouGov and the Centre for Economic and Business Research.

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Business groups increase economic growth predictions

The UK economy will grow by 3.1% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015, according to the British Chambers of Commerce.

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Service sector optimism increases

Businesses in the service sector want to take on more staff as optimism rises, according to research from the Confederation of British Industry.

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Two million homeowners plan to downsize

Up to 2.3 million homeowners aged 55 and over expect to sell their homes to raise finance, research from Prudential has shown.

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Scottish retail sales rise 1.9%

Scottish retail sales rose 1.9% in the year to April 2014, according to research from the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Retail sales growth at 10-year high

UK retail sales experienced the highest annual growth in a decade as sales rose 6.9% in April 2014 year-on-year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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