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Houses prices in the UK experienced their biggest year-on-year rise in nearly three years in July, according to figures from the Nationwide building society.

The number of working days lost to sickness continued to fall in 2011 - although the North West remains above the national average for time off through illness, according to official data.

Consumer confidence suffered its biggest fall since September last month as expectations for the economy deteriorated and households became increasingly reluctant to spend.

Consumer confidence reached a nine-month high in March as expectations for the economy picked up and there was a significant improvement in attitudes towards spending on major purchases.

Homes near to a Tube or train station in the capital can cost significantly more than similar properties that have no station nearby, new research has indicated.

Consumer confidence staged a "modest recovery" in January after sliding close to a record low in December, with optimism over the economic outlook reaching a five-month high.

Consumer confidence pulled up from October's all-time low last month, although festive cheer was still in short supply.

Consumer confidence fell for a fifth consecutive month in October to reach an all-time low, according to a new report.

Consumer confidence fell for the fourth straight month in September, according to a new survey.

Moody’s has downgraded the credit ratings of 12 UK financial institutions, including RBS, Nationwide, Santander and Lloyds TSB.

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