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Some smart electricity meters 'give readings nearly 600 percent too high'

Consumers across Europe could be paying over the odds for electricity, according to a Dutch study that reveals some electricity meters can give readings as much as 582 percent too…

Consumers across Europe could be paying over the odds for electricity, according to a Dutch study that reveals some electricity meters can give readings as much as 582 percent too…

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UK shopping slowdown signals weaker growth

British Retail Consortium sees drop in non-food sales as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development frets about Brexit uncertainty.

British Retail Consortium sees drop in non-food sales as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development frets about Brexit uncertainty.

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Uber and Tesla take different roads over immigration row

Uber's Travis Kalanick has quit President Trump's business advisory group while Tesla's Elon Musk stays to raise objections for "the greater good".

Uber's Travis Kalanick has quit President Trump's business advisory group while Tesla's Elon Musk stays to raise objections for "the greater good".

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Euro zone consumer confidence rises in November

Euro zone consumer confidence rose much more than expected by economists in November, according to the European Commission on Tuesday showed.

Euro zone consumer confidence rose much more than expected by economists in November, according to the European Commission on Tuesday showed.

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UK consumers says 'Brexit vote - so what?'

A new survey finds British consumers were at their most confident in five years in September, though not in London which mostly voted against Brexit.

A new survey finds British consumers were at their most confident in five years in September, though not in London which mostly voted against Brexit.

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Bank of Japan changes stimulus policy, denies it's running out of options

The Bank of Japan is changing tack as it tries to get the economy growing again with an increased emphasis on the amount of interest paid to investors who buy government bonds.

The Bank of Japan is changing tack as it tries to get the economy growing again with an increased emphasis on the amount of interest paid to investors who buy government bonds.

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German businesses concerned by global economic weakness

German business morale fell in January to its lowest level since February 2015. The Ifo economic institute says its business climate index dipped

German business morale fell in January to its lowest level since February 2015. The Ifo economic institute says its business climate index dipped

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Japanese consumers still not spending enough

Consumer spending in Japan unexpectedly fell in July, threatening the country’s gradual recovery. The development puts more pressure on policymakers

Consumer spending in Japan unexpectedly fell in July, threatening the country’s gradual recovery. The development puts more pressure on policymakers

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UK retail sales in slowdown

British consumers bought fewer household goods last month pushing the annual rate of spending growth for the quarter in the UK to its lowest in more

British consumers bought fewer household goods last month pushing the annual rate of spending growth for the quarter in the UK to its lowest in more

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Consumers driving German economy

German consumer spending has shot up in April an indication that domestic consumption is a real driver in the German economy. Spending doubled

German consumer spending has shot up in April an indication that domestic consumption is a real driver in the German economy. Spending doubled

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Little Italian confidence despite return to growth says ISTAT

April brought a cold shower to Italian businesses after eight straight months of rises. ISTAT’s manufacturing confidence index registered a

April brought a cold shower to Italian businesses after eight straight months of rises. ISTAT’s manufacturing confidence index registered a

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German shoppers put exports in shade to keep economy going

German consumers appear to be girding themselves to spend, spend, spend according to the latest confidence index from GfK. Its indicator, based on

German consumers appear to be girding themselves to spend, spend, spend according to the latest confidence index from GfK. Its indicator, based on

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Prices flatten out as Eurozone deflation takes a pause

Falling Eurozone prices took a break in April, ending four months of decline, while in the UK inflation tuned negative for the first time since

Falling Eurozone prices took a break in April, ending four months of decline, while in the UK inflation tuned negative for the first time since

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Manufacturing figures for the UK fall ahead of election

Britain’s economic growth, at the heart of political campaigning for next weeks poll, has slowed in the manufacturing sector. That’s according to

Britain’s economic growth, at the heart of political campaigning for next weeks poll, has slowed in the manufacturing sector. That’s according to

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Greek business sentiment slows

Consumer confidence in Greece has worsened markedly while there has been a weakening of expectations in all sectors of the economy except

Consumer confidence in Greece has worsened markedly while there has been a weakening of expectations in all sectors of the economy except

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New EU food labelling rules

EU moves to help consumers be sure about the food they buy come under scrutiny in this edition of Utalk. The question is from Ivan in Sofia

EU moves to help consumers be sure about the food they buy come under scrutiny in this edition of Utalk. The question is from Ivan in Sofia

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Choose carefully - the safety and quality of toys and games

Consumer rights relating to the safety and quality of toys is the subject of this Utalk. The question is from Paul in Marseille: “As Christmas

Consumer rights relating to the safety and quality of toys is the subject of this Utalk. The question is from Paul in Marseille: “As Christmas

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Ireland's economy set to grow 4.7 percent this year

Ireland’s economy is forecast to expand by 4.7 percent this year, according to the country’s finance ministry. That is in contrast to last year’s

Ireland’s economy is forecast to expand by 4.7 percent this year, according to the country’s finance ministry. That is in contrast to last year’s

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Geopolitical crises drag down Ifo business sentiment index

German business sentiment fell to its lowest level in nine months in July. Surveys by the Ifo economic think tank for their business climate index

German business sentiment fell to its lowest level in nine months in July. Surveys by the Ifo economic think tank for their business climate index

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Japanese consumer sales rocket in March

Retails sales in Japan rocketed in March as consumers rushed to spend before Japan’s consumption tax hike comes into force on April 1. Sales in

Retails sales in Japan rocketed in March as consumers rushed to spend before Japan’s consumption tax hike comes into force on April 1. Sales in

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German retail sales and French consumption fall

Retail sales fell in April in Germany, the eurozone’s largest economy. German retail sales were down by 0.4 percent from the previous month

Retail sales fell in April in Germany, the eurozone’s largest economy. German retail sales were down by 0.4 percent from the previous month

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Eurozone confidence improves in May

Consumer and business confidence in the eurozone bounced back in May after a sharp drop in April – with Portugal the most upbeat. European

Consumer and business confidence in the eurozone bounced back in May after a sharp drop in April – with Portugal the most upbeat. European

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French consumers get more gloomy

The latest surveys of French consumers showed confidence there has slumped to its lowest level since July 2008 – immediately after the financial

The latest surveys of French consumers showed confidence there has slumped to its lowest level since July 2008 – immediately after the financial

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Italian consumers gloomy

Italian consumer confidence has hit new lows. In surveys households said their confidence in both the current and future economic situations was

Italian consumer confidence has hit new lows. In surveys households said their confidence in both the current and future economic situations was