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CPI annual inflation down to 4.1% in November
Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Consumer Prices Index (CPI) annual inflation – the Government's target measure – was 4.1 per cent in November, down from 4.5 per cent in October. The largest downward pressure on the CPI annual rate came from transport costs where the price of fuels and lubricants fell this year but rose a year ago.

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CML welcomes changes to the credit guarantee scheme
Tuesday, 16 December 2008

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) welcomes the Treasury's announcement of changes to the credit guarantee scheme, that will make it cheaper for lenders to gain access to the Government guarantees that help them to gain access to wider market funding.

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Retail Banking set for radical infrastructure makeover
Monday, 15 December 2008

‘Rip and replace’ is rapidly becoming the de facto standard in the retail banking sector as it struggles to use IT to gain competitive advantage, according to Elizabeth Gooch, CEO of eg solutions.

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Clarification of changes for credit card holders, new principles on risk-based repricing
Monday, 15 December 2008

Following a successful meeting on 11 December between the credit card industry and Government, real changes for credit card holders who may be struggling to make their regular payments are announced. 

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Russia’s Ministry of Economics says recession has started in Russia
Monday, 15 December 2008

Unicredit writes: Russia’s Deputy Minister of Economic Development Andrei Klepach said that a recession has started in Russia, which may last more than two quarters, and that the country’s real GDP growth is unlikely to reach 6.8% in 2008F.
 

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New Customer Service Manager Joins Lowell Group
Thursday, 11 December 2008

Leeds-based debt purchasing company Lowell Group has strengthened its management team by recruiting Samantha Swallow to fill the new role of Customer Service Manager. She will manage a fast-growing team, currently 30-strong, which is responsible for dealing with correspondence and queries from holders of newly acquired accounts.

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Egg fined for failing in its sales of PPI
Thursday, 11 December 2008

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has fined Egg Banking plc £721,000 for serious failings in its sales of credit card payment protection insurance (PPI). The FSA found failings in approximately 40 per cent of telephone sales of credit card PPI made by Egg between January 2005 and December 2007.

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CML seeks greater clarity as the lending slump continues
Tuesday, 09 December 2008

There were 39,900 house purchase loans in October, worth £5.5 billion, according to new data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML). This was an increase of 14% in volume and 10% in value from September, but an annual decline of 52% in volume and 57% in value.

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Payments industry issues advice for people with disabilities
Tuesday, 09 December 2008

APACS, the UK payments association, is today (8 December 2008) marking the recent UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a new advice guide aimed at helping consumers unable to access some payment methods and services. The guide – Payments & accessibility ­–offers top tips on payment options for people with a disability, explaining the range of services available.

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Insolvency trade body concerned over Banking Code's poor advice
Tuesday, 09 December 2008

With the announcement in last Wednesday's Queen's Speech to make the current voluntary Banking Code statutory, R3 calls for section 14 of the code to be expanded in light of the current recession. This section entitled 'Financial difficulties – how we can help', has some useful content, such as seeking advice early, but does not fully explain the options available to those in financial difficulties.

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U.S. recession not close to 1930s -NBER
Tuesday, 09 December 2008

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The head of the arbiter of U.S. economic cycles said on Monday that while the U.S. recession will likely be longer than average, it will not even come close to the Great Depression. "We are in a very different place than the U.S. economy was in the 1930s," James Poterba, president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, told the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in New York.

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