17 April 2014 Last updated at 20:04

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The "resilient" UK housing market recorded another increase in mortgage lending in March, according to a lenders' group.


National People's Congress exteriorChina's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.

crowd of peopleWage rises catch up with inflation

After nearly six years of falling real wages, rises in weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Linda Yueh Article written by Linda Yueh Linda Yueh Chief business correspondent

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China's economic growth of 7.4% in the first quarter is in line with the country's 2014 annual year-on-year target of about 7.5% growth.

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