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The UK's public sector net borrowing is estimated to have reached £34.1 billion in December 2020, £28.2bn more than in December 2019, which is both the highest December borrowing and the third-highest borrowing in any month since monthly records began in 1993.

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UK retail sales volumes edged up a weaker-than-expected 0.3% month-on-month in December after a temporary opening up of non-essential retailers following November’s lockdown, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Consumer price inflation rose slightly more than expected to 0.6% in December from a three-month low of 0.3% in November, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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The UK economy shrank by 2.6% in November as fresh lockdown restrictions came into place in England, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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The UK's budget deficit rose to £31.6 billion in November, the third-largest monthly budget deficit on record and the highest since May, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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Consumer price inflation fell back much more than expected to a three-month low of 0.3% in November, having risen to a three-month high of 0.7% in October, according to the latest statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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The Bank of England (BoE) has reported that mortgage approvals for house purchases extended their recent buoyancy in October, climbing to 97,532 marking the highest rate since August 2007.

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UK manufacturing activity dropped to a three-month low in October signalling a challenging start to the fourth quarter of this year as new COVID-19 restrictions come into force. 

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