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Britons tighten belts as lending growth nears five-year low – Bank of England

FILE PHOTO: A pedestrian shelters under a Union Flag umbrella in front of the Bank of England, in London, Britain August 16, 2018. REUTERS/ Hannah McKay/File Photo LONDON, Reuters – Lending to British consumers grew in April at the weakest Read more ›

Lithuanian presidential hopefuls vow to tackle inequality

VILNIUS (Reuters) – Lithuanians started voting in a tightly contested presidential election on Sunday to replace outgoing Dalia Grybauskaite, the Baltic nation’s “Iron Lady” who was one of the European Union’s most outspoken critics of Russia. FILE PHOTO: Lithuanian presidential Read more ›

Bank of England’s Carney tells investors they are too relaxed on rates

LONDON (Reuters) – Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Thursday investors were underestimating how much interest rates could rise, even as the British central bank kept borrowing costs on hold due to Brexit uncertainty. Sounding more hawkish than Read more ›

WRAPUP 2-China stocks, yuan tumble on Trump’s fresh tariff threats

(Updates prices, add background) By Luoyan Liu and Andrew Galbraith SHANGHAI, May 6 (Reuters) – Chinese investors, caught off guard by U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff threats, dumped stocks and sold the yuan currency on Monday as a fresh deterioration Read more ›

Bank of England to keep rates steady, despite Brexit delay

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England looks set to leave interest rates on hold on Thursday and keep its options open for later in the year when it announces its first policy decision since the postponement of Britain’s departure Read more ›

UK house prices edge up, London falls again – Nationwide

LONDON (Reuters) – British house prices picked up only a little bit of speed this month as the approach of Brexit weighed on the housing market, data from mortgage lender Nationwide showed on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A row of houses Read more ›

China’s services activity quickens in March: official PMI

FILE PHOTO – A waiter prepares a table for service at Haidilao’s new artificial intelligence hotpot restaurant in Beijing, China, November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo BEIJING (Reuters) – Growth in China’s services industry quickened in March, an official survey Read more ›

UK inflation up, London house prices fall by most since 2009

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s main inflation rate ticked up last month but stayed close to January’s two-year low, helping consumers maintain their spending power as wage growth also picked up, even though the timing of Brexit remained uncertain. FILE PHOTO Read more ›

Shanghai stocks flat after China reiterates no flood of stimulus

* SSEC flat, CSI300 falls 0.9 pct, HSI 0.5 pct lower * Trump predicts “good deal” or no deal in China trade talks SHANGHAI, March 7 (Reuters) – Chinese stocks were flat on Thursday at the end of a choppy Read more ›

UK borrowers, defying Brexit nerves, regain appetite for credit

LONDON – British households took out more mortgages and increased their borrowing in January, adding to signs that consumers are less worried about Brexit than many businesses, Bank of England data showed. FILE PHOTO: A Union Jack themed Visa credit Read more ›