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UK unemployment lowest since 1975, wage growth falls behind inflation

Britain's Labour Party makes weak wage as key theme ahead of National elections

Reuters  |  London 

British pay growth lagged inflation for the first time in two-and-a-half years in early 2017, underscoring the growing Brexit squeeze facing many households, official data showed on Wednesday. Excluding bonuses, earnings rose by 2.1 percent year-on-year, the weakest increase since July of last year and below expectations for a 2.2 percent rise in a Reuters poll of economist. That meant the pay adjusted for inflation, fell by 0.2 percent in the first three months of the year, the first fall since the third quarter of 2014. Britain's opposition Labour Party has made weak ...

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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 16:33 IST
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