UK inflation stays at three-year high of 2.3% – The Guardian

Rising food and clothing prices kept Britain’s inflation rate at its highest level for more than three years last month, putting household budgets under pressure as the Brexit effect on the pound worked its way through the economy. Official figures put inflation on the consumer prices index (CPI) at 2.3% for the second month running […]

UK retail sales fall again as rising living costs bite – The Guardian

Britain’s retailers suffered a third consecutive month of falling sales in March, according to industry figures that add to evidence that a post-referendum rise in living costs is denting consumer spending. In advance of official inflation figures on Tuesday, expected to confirm sharper price rises in the shops, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said takings […]

UK inflation rate remains at 2.3% – BBC News

UK inflation rate remains at 2.3% – BBC News

Image caption Air fares were affected by the timing of Easter UK inflation held steady last month, as rising prices for food and clothing were offset by lower air fares. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said inflation as measured by the Consumer Prices Index remained at 2.3%. Inflation has been accelerating in recent months, […]

Tuesday briefing: UK eyes ‘window’ to pressure Putin – The Guardian

Top story: Johnson to ask G7 to consider Russia sanctions Good morning and welcome to the Guardian morning briefing. This is Martin Farrer with the top stories. Boris Johnson will try to persuade his G7 counterparts at talks in Italy today to consider sanctions against Russia if Vladimir Putin does not abandon Syrian president Bashar […]

May, Trump agree Russia should break ties with Assad: UK PM’s office – Reuters

LONDON British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke on Monday to U.S. President Donald Trump and agreed that “a window of opportunity” now exists to persuade Russia to break ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, May’s office said. A spokeswoman for the prime minister said Trump had thanked May for her support following last week’s U.S. […]

First rail freight service to China departs UK – BBC News

First rail freight service to China departs UK – BBC News

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The freight train left its terminal in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, for Zhejiang province, eastern China The first rail freight service from the UK to China has departed on its 17-day, 7,500-mile journey. British goods including soft drinks, vitamins and baby products are in the 30 containers carried by the train, […]