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British newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and
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MARK CARNEY PLAYS DOWN IMMINENT RATE RISE AMID WEAK WAGE
The Bank of England is behaving like an "unreliable
boyfriend" and is using "smoke and mirrors" to keep changing its
message on interest rates, MPs have claimed.
OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION BLOCKS EXPANDED TO ENTICE FRACKING
Energy companies will be offered the chance to explore for
shale gas across bigger blocks of land, under a revised system
aimed at enticing them to commit to fracking.
VINCE CABLE MOVES TO BAN ZERO-HOURS CONTRACT EXCLUSIVITY
Vince Cable has warned "unscrupulous employers" that he
would ban clauses in zero-hours contracts that prevent workers
from accepting shifts with more than one employer.
MINISTERS WARN UK RETAILERS TO DO MORE ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND
Retailers must do more to stamp out human rights abuses by
their suppliers after a Guardian investigation found prawns sold
in the UK were produced with the help of slaves, ministers are
CARNEY URGED TO BAR CURBS ON HOME LOANS
Bankers seized on fresh evidence that the housing market may
be starting to cool to urge the Bank of England to stay its hand
and refrain from widely expected curbs on mortgage lending
FIRST-TIME BUYERS PRICED OUT OF 80 PCT OF HOUSES
Four out of five homes on sale in England are now
unaffordable for first-time buyers, according to research
CHEMRING FIRES CEO MARK PAPWORTH AFTER HUGE LOSSES
Military equipment maker Chemring has fired chief Mark
Papworth after the group was rocked by a 72 million pound
pre-tax loss in just six months.
MARK CARNEY PLUNGES MARKETS INTO CONFUSION YET AGAIN OVER
EARLY RATE TALK
Traders were thrown into confusion as Governor Mark Carney
issued an unexpectedly dovish signal about the likely timing of
the first interest rate rise.
(Reporting by Tasim Zahid in Bangalore)