Christmas Retail Sales – 2013 December Sales in the UK

Christmas Retail Sales 2013 Retail figures for December 2013 were released by the Office for National Statistics on Friday (17th January 2014). The press have reported in their usual sensational way: UK retail sales surge over Christmas – FT UK Retail Sales Jump in Crucial Christmas Period – abcnews UK Retail Sales Beat Forecasts With…

UK unemployment: comparison to historic unemployment and EU countries

UK unemployment – is it something to worry about? UK Unemployment seems to be a substantial issue. Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, is focusing his monetary policy largely upon unemployment. The papers are issuing headlines such as “Unemployment crisis warning” and “Unemployment: Britain in crisis”. But, compared to Europe and compared…