The value of initial public offerings (IPO) in the EU reached an eight-year high in 2015- at more than €50bn. On average, the UK accounted for about half of the value of European IPOs in the past decade, but less than one-third last year.
Over 71 per cent of non-EU citizens in Belgium are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, against 18 per cent of Belgian citizens- the largest gap in Europe. Non-Eu citizens in Belgium are worse off than in any other EU state apart from Greece.
The value of cross border merger and acquisition deals in Italy reached a new high in 2015 at over $50bn. Italian companies were the most targeted by foreign acquisitions in the European Union after the UK, along with France. Read more
The US’s new policy on Cuba will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the island’s external commercial relations and economy.
In recent years Cuba reformed its foreign investment law and opened a Chinese-style ‘special economic zone’ with the aim of attracting more foreign direct investment. Read more
Almost half of UK teachers think that turning schools into more autonomous ‘academies’ will make educational standards worse and only 17 per cent believe they will improve. This contrasts with the public, where opinion is split
The time is just right for relations between the US and Cuba to defrost and a series of numbers prove that.
Firstly, for a while now, the majority of the US population has been favourable to renewing ties with its Caribbean neighbour. Read more
Donald Trump has 673 of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination. Betfair puts his chances of sealing the nomination at more than 70 per cent but his odds of winning the presidency are only 18 per cent
In line with a return to strong economic growth, Ireland’s stock market has been one of the best performing over the past year, beating the major stock indices of the UK, Europe and the US
March 15: the day in 4 charts
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US real estate is prospering, with half of properties sold in the year to January being priced over $300,000. Six years ago it was one in four. The share of cheaper houses increased during the crisis, but now shows the steepest drop
Over 5m people usually work on Sundays in the UK – 17 per cent of the employed population and about double the proportion in 1994. Weekend shifts increased across all occupations but rose faster among professionals
March 11: the day in 4 charts
By Gonzalo Viña, Public Policy Reporter
Not that millennials need another reminder of how tough life is going to be for them, but research from the Bank of England shows that the value of having a degree has fallen substantially over the last two decades.
In 1995, when the last cohorts of Generation X were graduating, a degree would have boosted earnings on average by 45 per cent relative to having no qualifications at all, the bank said. The degree premium last year had slipped to 35 per cent.
Contrary to what some say, that’s one hell of fall.
A new development in the controversy over how migrant numbers are counted here in the UK.
The Statistics Authority (UKSA) has written and published a damning letter in which it confirms that following its intervention the Department for Work and Pensions had a change of heart and will today publish additional information about EU migrants’ benefits and tax. Read more
The chances of the UK voting to remain in the EU on June 23 have risen to 70 per cent for the first time this year, according to betting market Betfair. But the figure is still well below the 80 per cent recorded last summer
After a controversy involving the glaring discrepancy between how the Office for National Statistics (ONS) counts long-term migrants to the country, and the bafflingly much higher number of migrants registering to work in the country – a row which the FT Data blog has reported on here – the ONS has announced a review of how migrants are counted.
Addressing the concerns, first flagged by economist Jonathan Portes, the ONS admits it has decided to undertake a “reconciliation” of the four main sources of migration data: the International Passenger Survey, the Labour Force Survey, the Department for Work and Pensions’ data on national insurance numbers and figures on visas. Read more
The Premier League could lose its fourth Champions League berth within two years, and things will only get more difficult the year after that.
England’s top flight will be given four places in Europe’s elite club tournament next season whatever happens, but the different leagues’ rankings in Uefa’s member association coefficient rankings as they stand at the end of the current season will determine the number of berths each receives in the 2017-18 tournament. Read more
The Chinese are buying more from abroad. Nearly three in five consumers surveyed brought foreign products online from domestic websites in the six months to November 2015, with product quality being the prime motivation.