Bank of England keeps rates on hold

Growth forecast The MPC flagged heightened risks to global growth following trade tensions between the US and China and turbulence in some emerging markets. The Bank’s regional staff reported that businesses were cracking down on costs and holding back on investment ahead of Brexit. However, it raised the forecast for…

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False widow spider finds close schools

A spokeswoman for Newham Council said the closures have been implemented “at the head teachers’ discretion […], as these infestations were in a number of locations across the school sites”. Image caption Anne-Marie Fenttiman says she is lucky she “can be here” for her son Mitchell Anne-Marie Fenttiman, 36, whose…

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Three water companies warned by watchdog

Four companies also reported an increase in written complaints from their customers. It said some water companies struggled with the disruption caused by the sudden thaw following March’s bad weather. More than 200,000 customers were left without running water, with many households criticising the poor communication and support they received…

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