The UK unemployment rate will rise from its current 8.3% to almost 9% by the end of this year, doing “permanent damage to the UK’s productive capacity”, a think tank has said.
Sir Mervyn King has come under increasing pressure to launch an official review of the Bank of England’s handling of the financial crisis amid accusations that he has “rewritten history” to suit the institution.
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The European Commission is preparing a major shift in economic strategy, fearing that excessive fiscal tightening will inflict unnecessary damage on a string of eurozone countries.
Barclays is set to announce profits for the first three months of the year of £2bn this week as it attempts to convince investors its financial performance merits the £17.7m compensation package it has controversially awarded chief executive, Bob Diamond.