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BEING just a few blocks from the 9/11 attack on New York's World Trade Centre, Wall Street traders had particular reason to celebrate the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
AS PRINCE William kissed his new bride on Friday the nation divided into the romantics and those who denounced the royal wedding as a waste of public money.
RELIEF for George Osborne, or more ammunition for Ed Balls? The latest GDP figures can be interpreted any way you like but the bottom line is that the recovery is struggling to gain any traction.
BRITAIN'S factories appear to be doing their bit to drag the country out of the economic doldrums, though economists are divided on whether the upturn is sustainable or if it has already peaked.
SIR John Vickers will present the initial report of the Independent Commission on Banking tomorrow in expectation of a day of judgment from the political and business lobbies.
IT WAS the worst kept secret in Europe. Portugal's admission that it has to seek a loan to resolve its creaking budget came as no great surprise, but it has raised the inevitable questions about Britain's exposure to the country's debt and whether Spain is waiting to follow suit.
Another day, another oil company warns about the impact of the Chancellor's tax raid on profits in the North Sea.
A WEEK tomorrow the Independent Commission on Banking will give some guidance on how to widen competition among the high street banks.
Shareholders in Northern Rock fighting for justice over the bank's nationalisation must be feeling a little more optimistic this morning after the so-called "bad bank" turned in better results than the "good bank".
IF THERE are two industries that represent Scotland's prospects, they have to be financial services and the renewables sector.
Two years after its decision to close facilities in Kilmarnock and Glasgow, there is still some lingering bitterness towards multinational whisky producer Diageo, and for understandable reasons.
GENERALLY speaking, it isn't any easier to feel sorry for an oil company executive than a banker. But George Osborne's tax raid on the North Sea has prompted a swell of sympathy for those providing the fuel for his economy drive.
WHEREVER the Chancellor takes us on his journey to recovery and growth, he'll find the path paved with obstacles and they don't come much more difficult to overcome than the troubles still afflicting the retail sector.
IT WASN'T visible to the naked eye, but I'm sure George Osborne was wearing a Union Flag vest under his pale-blue shirt. All chancellors use the Budget for a bit of rabble rousing, but this was tub-thumping Rule Britannia stuff that sent a clear warning to the rest of the world not to underestimate good old Blighty while George is stoking the flames of the economy.
'This is a Budget that will ignite Britain's economy and encourage enterprise. It will underpin our attempts to tackle the problems we inherited and put us firmly on the path from recovery to reform. Mr Speaker, this is a Budget for growth and I commend it to the House."
BACK in recovery mode or merely clinging on? Housebuilders have not exactly turned the corner, but they're no longer heading in the wrong direction. Now it's over to Chancellor George Osborne to give them a little help on their way.
EVERY Little Helps, as they're fond of saying down Tesco way. Well, a few extra sales of financial products in its supermarkets might go some way to helping the company's nascent banking operation take off a little faster.
GEORGE Osborne's statement to the House of Commons next week is already being talked about as a Budget for Growth, though he'll need some super-strength remedies if he wants to shift the tone of the coalition's policies away from its focus on reducing the deficit.