The ONS said supermarket food sales were broadly flat, and sales of household goods fell

UK retail sales unexpectedly rose in April even as consumers struggled with the fastest inflation rate in four decades. The volume of goods sold in s(...)

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The UK economy unexpectedly contracted in March as the cost of living squeeze saw consumers cut back on spending. Gross domestic product fell 0.1 per(...)

The volume of goods sold in stores and online dropped 1.4 per cent after falling 0.5 per cent in February

UK retail sales plunged more than forecast in March as the cost-of-living crisis squeezed incomes and consumers braced for higher taxes and energy bil(...)

You can pick your friends but not your family, goes the saying – so too with work

After almost two years of working at home with my family, it’s good to finally spend quality time with my office relatives. Does that mark me out as a(...)

Inflationary pressure is an ever-present domestic concern for chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak and prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Getty Images

Fuel and food prices are rising so fast that it helped send UK inflation to another 30-year high in March, even before household energy bills spiked, (...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: A separate measure of the number of staff on businesses’ payrolls in March rose by 35,000. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Britain’s unemployment rate fell to 3.8 per cent in the three months to February, slipping further below its level immediately before the coronavirus (...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.  In a budget update last week, Mr Sunak unveiled measures to help household finances, including a cut on fuel duty and easing the tax burden for the lowest earners. Photograph:  Jessica Taylor/AFP via Getty Images

Britain’s economy grew more quickly than previously thought in the last three months of 2021 when the country was hit by the Omicron wave of Covid-19 (...)

 Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak appearing on the BBC’s ‘Sunday Morning’ political television show with journalist Sophie Raworth.  (Photograph:   JEFF OVERS / BBC / AFP

British inflation shot up faster than expected last month to hit a new 30-year high, worsening a historic squeeze on household finances that finance m(...)

 The UK’s jobless rate was at pre-pandemic levels in the three months to January. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Britain’s unemployment rate fell below its pre-pandemic rate in the three months to January, even as the country was under the Omicron wave of coronav(...)

The rise of homeworking saw  formal menswear for work replaced by a jacket or blazer.

Antibacterial wipes, sports bras and a less formal alternative to men’s suits will contribute to the UK’s official measure of inflation for the first(...)

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