BoE Reports Rosier UK Economic Outlook While WH Smith Falls Prey to Cyber Attack – Live Updates
UK Economy May be Stronger Than Anticipated, Says BoE Chief Economist
The Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill, has stated that the UK economy may have slightly more momentum than expected, noting that data released since the Bank’s Inflation Report was published on 2 February has been better than expected. Pill also highlighted that pay growth is rising faster than forecast last month. Meanwhile, inflation across the eurozone remained higher than expected last month, with the consumer prices index rising by 8% in February while core inflation continued to climb. The UK housing market also appears to be slowing, with housebuilder Taylor Wimpey planning job cuts following a downturn in UK housing sales.
- UK retail chain, WH Smith, experienced a cyber-attack stealing company data, including employee personal details.
- Crypto-focused bank, Silvergate, faces evaluation of its ability to survive as a going concern as its shares almost halved.
- Oleg Deripaska warned that Russia risks running out of money next year
- Capital controls introduced after the Ukraine invasion are to be extended
- More than 3,000 bus drivers in the West Midlands go on strike over pay
- Taylor Wimpey announces plans to cut jobs as UK housing market slows
- ITV faces declining advertising sales due to the weakened economy and public controversy surrounding Jeremy Clarkson
- AB InBev records first slump in beer volumes since the pandemic despite a sales boost from the football World Cup
- Building materials company, CRH, explores moving its primary stock market listing to New York for a better valuation, dealing a blow to the City of London
- Eurozone inflation has risen to 8%
- The UK housing market is experiencing a downturn in sales
- ITV expects a steep drop in advertising sales this year
- CRH shares have jumped over 7% so far
The UK economy has shown slightly more momentum than expected, with data released since the Bank’s Inflation Report being better than expected. Meanwhile, the housing market has slowed with Taylor Wimpey announcing job cuts, and ITV is expecting a drop in advertising sales. By contrast, CRH shares have risen as the company explores moving its stock market listing to New York, and AB InBev faces its first slump in beer volumes since the pandemic despite support from the football World Cup.
Despite recent challenges in various sectors, the UK economy appears to be showing some strength, performing slightly better than the Bank of England previously estimated. However, concerns remain over inflation in the eurozone and the housing market’s slowdown. Understanding these conditions is vital to staying informed on the economic climate and its potential effects on various industries and markets.