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British shoppers' January diet squeezes retail sales

British retail sales barely rose in January, suggesting consumer demand remained lacklustre at the start of 2018, official figures showed on Friday. Britons kicked off 2018 with a bigger-than-normal splurge on gym wear, but this was offset by falling food sales, the Office for National Statistics said. Overall, retail sales volumes rose 0.1 percent on the month, below economists' forecasts in a Reuters poll for a monthly rise of 0.5 percent, after dropping 1.4

Oil pipeline shutdown hits UK industry but manufacturing, construction grow

British industrial output sank in December at the fastest pace since 2012 due to the shutdown of a major oil pipeline, but growth in manufacturing confirmed the broader picture of solid economic expansion at the end of 2017. Construction output also showed a surprise surge in December, according to official data published on Friday. Britain's economic growth slowed slightly in 2017 as higher inflation caused by the fall in sterling after the Brexit vote hurt con


Supreme Court upholds Pennsylvania election map in win for Democrats

In a boost to the Democratic Party's chances of winning back the U.S. Congress this year, both the U.S. Supreme Court and a Pennsylvania panel of federal judges on Monday rejected Republicans' efforts to block the state's new congressional district map from taking effect.