Emily Cadman

Bank watchers are already taking deep breaths ahead of the deluge of information set to hit on the Bank of England’s second “Super Thursday”.

In the last big set piece UK monetary policy event of the year, we will get: Read more

Andrew Whiffin

The abolition of China’s one child policy is set to boost the population over the decades. Using projections from the UN, this could make the difference of up to 100m extra workers by 2050

Since he shot to teenage stardom, Wayne Rooney has formed the mainstay of every team he has been part of, both at club and international level, and has stayed relatively injury free.

He is one of a select few world-class strikers to have played more than 50,000 minutes by their 30th birthday, but is he worn out as a result, and what might he learn from former Real Madrid star Raúl, whose career trajectory is almost a perfect match for his own? Read more

Valentina Romei

Chinese cross-border merger and acquisition deals are rising and China is taking its place as a leading global investor alongside the advanced economies. But the targets of Chinese acquisitions are changing. Once dominated by commodities, they are increasingly composed of technology, finance, automobile, and real estate companies.

The amount invested by Chinese companies for mergers and acquisitions abroad in the first 10 months of this year has already reached what was invested in the whole of last year, which was in turn 7 per cent higher than in 2013. Read more

Valentina Romei

Halloween has arrived, boosting kids’ morale and global pumpkin production. Both the success of the Halloween festivities, characterised by carving pumpkins in monster shapes, and the high nutritious value of pumpkins have been driving production growth in the last two decades.

In 2013 nearly 25 million tonnes of pumpkins and squash were produced around the world, about double the amount produced twenty years before. Read more

Valentina Romei

The average time needed to start a business around the globe has more than halved from 51 days in 2003 to 20 days this year, according to the 2016 edition of the World Bank “Doing Business“. Read more

Valentina Romei

Adult obesity rose across all countries in the last four years, but it still quite rare in Asia. It affects less than one in four people in most European countries, though is higher in the UK. In the US, one in three adults is obese.

Valentina Romei

Nearly eight in 10 African employees in the private sector in South Africa are unskilled or semi-skilled workers. Only a few have top or senior management positions. By contrast, two in five white employees are in top, senior or middle-management positions.

Sarah O'Connor

David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, said racial discrimination in the job market was “disgraceful” earlier this month, prompting observers to wonder what exactly he planned to do about it. On Monday he announced a plan: to introduce “name-blind” recruitment for youngsters in much of the public sector, and encourage employers in the private sector to do the same. Blind recruitment is an idea that has been gaining ground as policymakers and employers worry about social mobility and homogeneous workforces. Is it necessary and does it work? Here’s a quick Q&A.

Q: Is racial discrimination really a problem in the UK labour market?  Read more

Valentina Romei

Coffee production in Vietnam doubled in the last 10 years making the country the world’s second-largest producer after Brazil. With over 27 million 60-kg bags produced annually, Vietnam accounts for 20 per cent of world coffee output, up from 5 per cent just twenty years ago.

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Valentina Romei

China is now the world’s second-largest services producer after the US. It overtook Japan, Germany, the UK and France in less than a decade. However, the US’s services output is still more than double that of China.

Valentina Romei

Nearly two in five adults in Great Britain perceive David Cameron as more competent than Jeremy Corbyn, opposition Labour Leader. The share rises to more than half of the over-60s. But Corbyn is seen as more trustworthy, especially among young people.

Chris Giles

UK and German passport holders have visa-free access to 173 countries and rank in first place for global travel freedom. Turkey is the only OECD country outside the top 30, with visa-free travel for its citizens to only 102 nations.

Belgium's rankings according to Fifa and eloratings.netWins earlier in October against Israel and Andorra will see the team leapfrog Argentina and Germany when Fifa’s rankings are updated next month, but how highly do alternative systems rate the Red Devils? Read more

Andrew Whiffin

The UK ranked first in the world for openness of government data in 2014, according to the Open Knowledge think-tank. But the percentage of easily accessible data sets across all surveyed countries was only 11 per cent

The COP21 climate change calculator allows users to track and project greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from China, US, EU1, India, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Australia and the Rest of the World (“Others”), over the period 1870 to 2100. China, US, EU, India, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Canada are the highest GHG emitters in the world. Together with Australia, they accounted for two-thirds of global GHG emissions in 2010.

To learn more about the underlying data, methodology for computation of temperature values and key messages from the COP21 calculator please read on… Read more

Simon Greaves

Prices of high density polyethylene (HDPE) have tumbled 14 per cent in the UK since June, as lower demand is expected following legislation on carrier bag use. Read more

Valentina Romei

It’s about time that the Bureau of Labor Statistics knew more about the 20 million Americans of prime working age who are outside the labour force and do not want a job now. Here is why.

The US labour force participation rate has been shrinking since it peaked in the late 1990s and is now back to levels seen in the 1980s. Suggested reasons for the fall include an aging population, the rise of discouraged workers, young people spending more time in education, changes in the racial make-up of the society, potential employees who lack the right skills, statistical methods, and an unfriendly working environment for mothersRead more

Follow the progress of a barrel of oil from extraction to end user to see how the Isis production system works, who is making money from it, and why it is proving so challenging to disrupt  Read more