Charting Rise and Fall
March roars in as the UK economy shrank more than previously thought during the last three months of 2010. Gross Domestic Product slipped by 0.6% to minus 0.1% amongst the slipping, sliding and freezing numbers for household spending, business investment, construction, finances and house price measuring. With calls going out from the CBI for infrastructure investment, the BRC asking for cost-easing for those in, or starting, a business, and small businesses according to Sage’s International Business Index, saying they’re unimpressed in general with business support, March might just go out with a roar before spring and a Budget, with billions to be axed, arrives.
A rise was to be glimpsed in complaints to the Ombudsman, about financial services, by 15% in the second half of 2010 compared to the first half of the year, with Lloyds Banking Group topping the charts on a list that is made up from complaints about banks, insurance and investment firms and from which the FSA will publish its findings this month. Another chart topper and rise glimpsed amongst the headline making is bankers bonuses with the aptly name Mr Diamond at the top.
Moving away from buildings, it would seem that farmland prices reached a new high in the last half of 2010, with indications that commercial farmers are keen to expand production and capitalise on rising commodity prices. According to the Rural Land Market Survey commercial farmland demand outperformed residential.
A New Homes Bonus scheme is possibly, according to National Housing Federation, to make the north-south divide rise when it creates more executive homes in the south, whilst halting construction of social housing in the north – because reward is linked to potential property value.
And….. Roll-Royce rolled into the charts via The Centre for Brand Analysis as Britain’s No.1 Business Superbrand, toppling Microsoft, as the most respected brand in the UK index since 2007. Judged by professionals from marketing, manufacturing and finance sectors it was rated against criteria of quality, distinction and reliability.
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