Britain economy: BoE watching Next instalment?

The Bank of England squares up to a rate-setting dilemma as – one day before the MPC decision – UK retailer Next warns of ‘extremely volatile’ trading conditions amid fragile consumer confidence, but manufacturers...


What slowdown? Global factories chugging along

Euro zone manufacturing activity accelerated in August, clocking the fastest rise in export orders since February 2011 despite a strengthening currency – and Asian factories cranked up production amid strong demand. Ciara Lee asks...