The UK's annual inflation rate fell more sharply than expected in July, dimming the prospects of an interest rate rise in 2014.
Britain's economy powered on in the second quarter, recording its strongest growth since before the financial crisis, but economists warned the pressure was on UK consumers and businesses to sustain the recovery amid the threat of a triple-dip recession in the eurozone.
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The French economy failed to expand during the second quarter of this year after stalling in the first, missing analyst expectations, data from the French national statistics bureau Insee showed.
The London housing market stumbled in July as sales dropped and inquiries fell at their fastest rate since the onset of the credit crisis, in a further sign that the UK property market is cooling.
The message from the Bank of England was clear.
Britons suffered the first fall in wages since the recession of 2009 despite a drop in the unemployment rate to 6.4%.
The Bank of England signalled it is edging closer to a rise in interest rates but admitted it is in the dark about the true state of the British economy.