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Die Insel driftet von der EU weg

London Ð Entgegen allen BefŸrchtungen bleibt die britische Wirtschaft auch nach den Wahlen in Schwung. Dies erwartet das National Institut of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London. Die

Konjunktur hat erhebliche Auswirkungen auf Deutschland, weil die Briten zu den besten Kunden gehšren.

Surveys offer little hope for economic optimism

Martin Weale, director of (NIESR), siad the weak manufacturing output was of more concern that slowing high street sales because 'it sggests weak consumption is not being made up by rising exports or investment, at least as these affect the demand for manufacured goods'...

Tony's cronies to give Labour Lords majority

...Gordon Brown was dealt a fresh blow today by a major report claiming he has broken his fiscal rules and willl have to raise taxes by at least £7bn a year.

NIESR said the latest government figurest suggest the Goldent Rule - to borrow only to invest over the economic cycle - has been breached.

Raising productivity is department's (DPEI) big test

...Mr Brown's problem is that the productivity record of the government is mixed. It was summed up by NIESR last month...

Think-tank forecasts rates peak of 5.5

Interest rates could rise again this spring, eventually peaking at 5.5 per cent because of robust economic growth this spring, a leading economic think tank has forecast...