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Federica Cocco

For ten years a majority of Britons have said that public spending should not be increased, but recently there was a move back towards support for more spending.

Now the public evenly split over whether it should be increased or kept at the same level. Read more

Federica Cocco

Fewer people died as a result of the cold last year, the ONS has reported, while the summer’s heatwave proved particularly deadly.

The increase in deaths during non-winter months is a concern to statisticians as it could mask high excess mortality in winter months. Read more

Valentina Romei

Declining interest rates have led to unexpected savings on interest costs for governments. Reduction over the period 2015-2017 are expected to be sizable in Italy but smaller in France and the UK , as old debt at higher yields matures.

The FT’s Work and Careers team, part of the features department, is looking for a data journalist to work on our highly successful Business Education rankings.

This is an opportunity for an enthusiastic journalist with strong numerical and writing skills to work at the heart of one of the FT’s strongest brands. Read more

Andrew Whiffin

Donald Trump’s social media mentions soared the day before last week’s vote, after being roughly level with Hilary Clinton’s in preceding days. Trump mentions topped 1m on November 7 while Mrs Clinton’s fell below 700,000

Simon Greaves

Onion prices in Poland, a key producer in the EU, have fallen almost 60 per cent since the start of the year following a better than expected harvest.

Commodities data firm Mintec predicts that Polish production this year is up 15 per cent to some 630,000 tonnes as a result of favourable weather conditions during the growing season. Read more

Afghanistan, the world’s largest producer of illicit opiates, saw an estimated 10% increase in poppy cultivation in 2016. The potential for opium production grew 43% – the result of huge increases in the Northern region. Hectares eradicated fell by 91% because of the extremely poor security situation in many provinces.

London Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe and the sixth busiest in the world by passenger traffic. The number of passengers using Heathrow grew 2.2 per cent in 2015 – slower than at many other European hubs

Kate Allen

It’s a startling stat: golf courses occupy more English land than housing does. The claim was first made by housing consultant Colin Wiles in 2013 and publicised by Britain’s biggest housing charity Shelter.

English golf courses occupy 270,000 hectares, he calculated – 2% of the total land area. By contrast 1.1% of England’s landmass is occupied by homes, according to official figures dug out by Shelter. It is a shocking contrast.

In the three years since Mr Wiles first published his estimate, his stat has taken on a life of its own, picking up news coverage (and wildly varying headlines) from outlets including Huffington Post and City AM. It popped up again last week in discussions about a hard-hitting new documentary on homelessness, “No Place To Call Home”.

The golf courses stat has become one of those bits of pub-quiz trivia with which to wow people at parties. But is it actually true?

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Federica Cocco

Since 2005 the number of displaced migrants in the Middle East has grown fourfold, from about 5m to 23m. Much of this rise was the result of recent conflict in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

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Federica Cocco

10 percent of jobs held by under-30s in OECD were lost from 2007 and 2015. The number of employed youth halved in Spain, Greece and Ireland.

Some countries, like Luxembourg and Chile actually saw an increase in the youth employment rate. This is mainly attributable to more young women taking up work. Read more

Federica Cocco

Israel and the US have the highest poverty rates among OECD countries, according to this year’s Society at a Glance.

In both cases the problem appears to center around the lack of government intervention. Read more

Uber and other ride-hailing services have fueled a surge in the number of self-employed drivers in the US. Read more

More than 496m air passengers departed from, or arrived at, Europe’s 10 busiest airports in 2015, a 19 per cent increase from 2006. London’s Heathrow airport recorded an increase of 11.3 per cent, compared with Gatwick’s 18.1 per cent.

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Valentina Romei

Ethiopia’s economy has been expanding at an average annual rate of 10 per cent in the 12 years to 2016 and growth is expected to remain strong in the years ahead, supported by higher agricultural production, and large public sector and foreign direct investments. Read more

Federica Cocco

The productivity gap between top performing regions and others has widened by almost 60 per cent in two decades, according to a new OECD report released this week.

The difference in labour productivity between the top 10 per cent most productive OECD regions and the bottom 75 per cent grew from $15,200 to $24,000, in average GDP per worker, between 1995 and 2013. Read more

Federica Cocco

The OECD has found that although inequality across different OECD countries has narrowed in the last 20 years, within their own borders countries are witnessing increasing inequality. Mexico has the widest the gap between the richest and the poorest regions in terms of per capita GDP.

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Soaring demand for designer clothing, leather goods and high-end jewellery is expected to drive sales of luxury items in India and Indonesia up more than half over the next four years. The luxury trade is predicted to rally in China and Russia, and grow steadily in Mexico and Brazil.

Federica Cocco

According to recent estimates from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a bipartisan budget watchdog group, Hillary Clinton’s economic plans would increase the US’s national debt by $200 billion over a decade above current law levels, while Donald Trump’s plans would increase the debt by $5.3 trillion.

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Federica Cocco

A recent poll showed only 6.8 per cent of the public has a favourable opinion of Farc, the Colombian rebels who had vowed to disarm and integrate in political and civilian life if the peace deal passed in a landmark referendum. Colombia’s Catholic Church refrained from endorsing the deal.