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The Times – Is Britain being left behind in the race for 5G?

August 13, 2018

"In the UK, Labour has raised the possibility of direct government subsidies to build a network, which may be necessary to bring 5G to rural areas. The good news is that 5G is a technology still in its infancy, so there is plenty of time for Britain to catch up.   Doing so should be an overwhelming priority, according to the economist Douglas McWilliams, who forecast the rapid growth of…

City A.M. – Summer confidence boost fails to materialise for firms or consumers

July 31, 2018

The GfK barometer fell back to a negative reading of 10, its joint lowest since December. The measure has remained at or below zero constantly since February 2016, as consumers have taken fright over their personal finances and the broader economy.   The figures are corroborated by a separate measure of confidence from Yougov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) to be published today which also show…

The Times – Consumer spending power rises

July 30, 2018

The spending power of Britain’s hard-pressed consumers is slightly increasing as inflation falls and wages rise compared with last year.   The latest Asda Income Tracker, which charts the income that households have left to spend after taxes and basic living costs, shows that last month spending power was £16.56 higher compared with a year ago. This is equivalent to a 2.1 per cent increase. It is also the fifth…

Money Week – Cheap labour, not the lifestyle economy, is damaging the UK’s productivity growth

July 25, 2018

This blog by Merryn Somerset Webb considers the recent slow growth in UK productivity. It discusses potential reasons behind it, including a paper by Cebr Deputy Chairman, Douglas McWilliams on The Lifestyle Economy. "I wrote here last week about productivity and why its growth is so low. I’ve had a lot of replies on it. Mostly, it seems, from people who simply refuse to accept the perfectly reasonable idea (backed by research from…

City A.M. – These are the UK cities where the most leaders are living

July 20, 2018

Aldershot has been named the unlikely leadership capital of the UK in a new ranking of towns and cities.   Meanwhile London is only ninth in the list of leadership hotspots, according to Domino's Pizza Group, which commissioned Cebr to produce the report.   The ranking looks at the seniority of the workforce living in each location, as well as considering their level of educational attainment and pay packages.  …

The Express – India’s economy OVERTAKES France to become sixth largest in world

July 12, 2018

INDIA has leapfrogged France to become the world’s sixth-largest economy in dollar terms, according to new figures released by the World Bank.   Experts predict that Asian economies, namely India and China, will dominate the top 10 largest economies over the next 15 years, knocking the US off the top spot.   India’s gross domestic product (GDP) has risen above the European nation’s for the first time ever, pushing France…

The Times – US growth falls short of Trump’s ambition

June 29, 2018

America’s economy performed worse than expected in the first three months of this year, government figures suggested yesterday, providing a setback to President Trump’s ambitious growth plans.   Gross domestic product (GDP) growth was downgraded unexpectedly to 2 per cent annualised from 2.2 per cent in a report by the US Department of Commerce.   GDP is the value of all goods and services produced in an economy, adjusted for…

City A.M. – Allez le Bleus! Lloyd’s of London tips France for world cup glory

June 12, 2018

Insurance market Lloyd’s of London has predicted that France will win this year’s world cup, based on the insurable value of its team.   The research by Lloyd’s and the Centre for Economics and Business Research shows the insurable value of the French team is £1.4bn, with England second on £1.17bn and Brazil third on £1.1bn.   Lloyd’s predicts England will top group G, the most valuable group in the…

The Independent – Lenders court new controversy over misleading loan rates

June 7, 2018

"The difference costs consumers a total of £204 million more than they expected every year, according to research from the Centre for economic and business research (Cebr), which found these so-called representative rates have been increasingly unrepresentative over the last 7 years.     Critics of the practice have called for tighter legislation over marketing on these rates after the survey found that more than 80 per cent of applicants…

The French have every right to swagger. But they should beware of overconfidence in international negotiations

June 4, 2018

Forecasting Eye   A couple of days of conferring in Paris with movers and shakers from around the world convinces me of the huge shift in sentiment in France. Last year’s elections, with President Macron winning a reasonable majority over Mme Le Pen but then winning a landslide majority in the Parliamentary elections, from a standing start after setting up his own party, showed that the French had a desire…

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