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UK Music Industry Contributed £3.8bn to Economy in 2013
The UK music industry contributed £3.8bn to the national economy in 2013, an increase of 9% on the previous year. A report from UK Music, an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK's commercial music industry, hammered home the fact that the live music industry is replacing the recorded music as the main source of revenue for artists. Ticketed concerts account for ...

UK inflation rate falls to 1.5%
Cheaper food and fuel prices helped to push down the UK consumer price inflation rate to 1.5% in August, official figures show.

UK Unemployment Drops to 6.2% as Joblessness Hits Lowest Level Since 2008
The UK unemployment rate has fallen to 6.2% in the three months to July – its lowest level since 2008, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics said the number of people out of work in Britain fell by 146,000 between May and July to 2.2 million. The job figures will boost the Coalition Government ahead of the Scottish independence referendum and the 2015 General Election ...

UK gamers: more women play games than men, report finds
The UK is a nation of gamers, a major UK study has found, with smartphones enticing 70% of the country to play a game in the past six months A new study into British gaming habits has confirmed what many industry watchers have been observing for years: the stereotype of the teenage boy playing alone in his bedroom is well and truly dead. Based on interviews with 4,000 UK residents, the research ...

Hostage rescue options limited - UK
Britain cannot send special forces to rescue a UK hostage from Islamic State militants "because we don't know where he is", Philip Hammond says.

Village could become centre of UK
A village in Shropshire would become the exact centre of the UK if Scotland became independent, Ordnance Survey calculates.

Factbox - UK companies keep watch as Scottish vote looms
(Reuters) - Scotland is set to vote on Sept. 18 on whether to sever its 307-year-old ties with England and break up the United Kingdom, with latest opinion polls indicating that the vote is too close to call. More than 130 business leaders recently signed a letter calling for the UK to stay together, while about 200 business leaders are standing firm on the other side of the debate. (http://bit ...

UK house prices reach record high in July
UK house prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 on average after surging by 11.7% over the last year, according to an official report.

UK's FTSE underperforms as Scottish uncertainty weighs on market
* FTSE falls and underperforms German and French markets * Uncertainty on Scottish independence vote weighs on FTSE LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index underperformed gains on rival European markets on Wednesday, as the uncertainty raised by Scotland's vote on independence pegged back the UK stock market. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index edged down by 0.1 percent, or 5.44 points ...

UK temperatures set to soar
After a disappointingly cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

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