UK economy

Snippets of good news

In the UK it feels line there is no news except for news on Brexit. But there are a few bits of good news around, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

Corporate zombies are eating our brains

With productivity falling around the world, many fear the global economy is stagnating. That’s possible, says John Stepek. But it could also be that low interest rates are creating a new breed of zombie corporation that’s sapping our ingenuity.

Betting on politics: the next Lib Dem leader

Vince Cable is to step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats. Matthew Partridge looks at the odds on who will replace him.

Worldpay: Britain’s most spectacular success story

Worldpay has emerged as probably the most spectacular British business success of the last decade, says Matthew Lynn. And it all started at Royal Bank of Scotland.

Britain is in a political mess, but not an economic one

Given the political mess the country is in, you might assume that Britain was in economic meltdown. But in truth, we are enjoying something of a purple patch.

The latest Brexit twist means a long delay seems ever more likely

The speaker of the House of Commons has thrown a spanner in the works of Brexit that will prolong the process even further. John Stepek looks at the risks to your money.

May’s deal gets defeated again

The prime minister’s EU withdrawal agreement is now dead. Or is it? Emily Hohler reports.

Brexit: a very European fudge

Unless something very surprising indeed happens, Brexit is likely to be a massive fudge of the sort that always envelopes any negotiation involving the EU.

For all the noise on Brexit, nothing important has changed

There’s a lot of talk of Brexit chaos and pandemonium, but little has actually changed. Markets seem unbothered by what might happen – and the same should go for you, says John Stepek.

What Theresa May’s new deal means for your money

The prime minister has returned from her hurried trip to Strasbourg, clutching more paper. Will it be enough to get her deal through parliament and what does it mean for your money? John Stepek explains.

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