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Economic uptick in January but trend shows UK stuck in slow lane

Growth of 0.5 per cent in the first month of the year was better than expected but such figures need to be treated with caution 

Trade concerns are looming all over the world

Were there to be a real rupture between the UK and the EU, it would be the first time that trade barriers were erected between countries that had had completely open trade for more than a generation

UK suffers biggest downturn in productivity since the financial crisis

Figures a bitter blow to hopes the UK is finally escaping the stagnation that has bogged down the country since the banks crisis

Europe's most respected think tank has told Osborne to lay off cuts

The think tank said that low interest rates mean Governments in many countries can borrow for long periods