6 August 2014
This column may be a bit quiet for a bit, because I am away from the office.
Activity in the UK's manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace for 14 months in August, a survey finds, while a separate study also suggests a slowdown.
The amount of new money being borrowed by consumers soared to more than £1bn in July, according to the Bank of England.
Russia and China begin the construction of a new gas pipeline linking the countries, with a ceremony in the Siberian city of Yakutsk.
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