Keith Fray

When Margaret Thatcher became the first female UK premier in 1979 only 3 per cent of MPs were women. The share is 10 times higher now. But the number of female MPs since 1918 – at 452- is lower than the number of men in parliament today.

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Black Lives Matter has organised protests in the US at the deaths of African-Americans from police actions. A survey from Pew Research shows broad support (43 per cent with 22 per cent opposing), but with significant differences between whites and blacks and, among whites, between Democrats and Republicans

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Austerity – reducing public spending – was the defining policy of the UK government from 2010.

Spending fell by six percentage points of GDP, with many departmental budgets cut by a quarter. Read more

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For most EU countries, the UK is more important as an export market than as a source of imports. In only three member states- Ireland, Cyprus and Malta- does trade with the UK form a higher share of imports than exports.

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The wider Brexit impact can be seen in US interest rate futures. Signs of slowing momentum in the US economy had pushed expected rises in the Fed’s policy rate further out but, after the vote, non increases were expected until after 2017.

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March 14: the day in 4 charts

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India and China together are estimated to have 87m more males than females, while Russia has 10 m more females than males. There are 50m more males than females in the global population

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March 11: the day in 4 charts

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February 17: the day in 4 charts

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Many eurozone citizens have never seen a €500 note, yet they account for 30 per cent of the value of notes in issue. Fears are rising on the convenience of the notes for criminals and the ease of hoarding cash in a climate of negative rates.

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The Bank of Japan’s move to negative interest rates last week- after Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the eurozone- means nations making up almost a quarter of world output now have a central bank with a negative policy rate.

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There are estimated to be 39m more males than females in China, some 25m of whom are aged under 20. The sex ratio at birth has averaged 117 males per 100 females since 2000, compared with the biological norm of 105.

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The renminbi was this week accepted by the IMF into the basket of elite currencies used to calculate the fund’s reserve asset, the Special Drawing Right. Although largely symbolic, the move reflects China’s progress towards full integration with the global financial system.

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Global energy is expected to shift further toward China and, especially, India in the next quarter century, according to the latest forecasts. By 2040 India’s demand should approach that of the US.

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Relations between China and Taiwan seem to be thawing, as their respective leaders met over the weekend. Both countries have seen periods of very rapid economic growth since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949 – Taiwan in the 1970s, China in the years after 2000 Read more

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E-commerce has become an important source of revenue for EU companies, accounting for 15 per cent of turnover during 2013, according to Eurostat. The experience varies greatly between countries – Ireland leads with 52 per cent of turnover conducted over computer networks

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Spain and Greece have the highest proportion of young people without jobs in the EU — more than 48 per cent in both countries. But the situation is improving in Spain, where more than 100,000 youngsters have found work in the past year.

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Did you receive the press release? Were you offered an exclusive interview? Are you upping your journey down the engagement funnel?

Well, brace yourself – because the ranks of public relations professionals are growing. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that there may soon be more PRs than journalists in the UK. Read more

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Markets expect an interest rate rise in the US and UK in the coming months. The Federal Reserve and the Bank of England see faster wage growth as a precondition for a rate rise. While earnings growth has been accelerating in the UK it remains flat in the US

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Prospects for economic growth in big eastern European economies that are EU members have not been affected by the political problems in Russia and the Ukraine, according to Consensus Economics. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania are all set to grow by more than 2.5 per cent this year.