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Income growth fastest in 3 years - Fri, 16 Apr, 2004
Pay grew at its fastest annual rate in nearly three years in the three months to February as the number of people out of work keeps falling, official data shows.

The Office for National Statistics said average earnings growth rose to 4.9 percent during the period, its fastest pace since August 20... [more]

Business Account-holders Losing Out - Fri, 2 Apr, 2004
UK businesses miss out on £422 million in interest a year because they do not shop around for the best bank accounts, new research has revealed.

A study commissioned by the Alliance & Leicester bank (A&L) found that there are about 1 million business deposit accounts in the UK.

Smaller busi... [more]

March 2004 Budget - Key Points - Wed, 17 Mar, 2004
Key points from Gordon Brown's eighth Budget, which was delivered in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 17th March 2004.
Taxes and duties
    * Tax rates will be frozen on: corporation tax, capital gains tax, air passenger duties, vehicle excise duty, insurance premium tax.
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Mortgage market shakeup urged - Fri, 12 Mar, 2004
Existing bank and building society borrowers should be offered the same cheap mortgage deals used to lure new customers through the doors, according to a UK government report just published.

The Treasury-backed review, led by David Miles, professor of finance at Imperial College London, is intend... [more]

Property prices continue to rise - Wed, 3 Mar, 2004
Just when people were beginning to talk of a slowdown in house prices, the figures show a sharp rise again. According to Halifax's latest monthly house price index, prices saw their greatest increase since September 2003 in February, rising by 1.6% during the month, and 17.8% since last ye... [more]