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Sales jump for mortgage protection insurance

Helpucover says it has seen a 69% increase in the rate of sales for its income protection and mortgage payment protection insurance products in the first two months of 2009 compared with the second half of 2008.

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Lettings boost from unsellables

Would-be sellers continued to flood the rental market with unsellable properties at the end of last year, research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveals.The RICS Q4 2008 residential lettings survey shows that the num-ber of surveyors reporting a rise in rents went from -12% to -48% bet-ween Q3 and Q4 last year.Q4’s net […]

Stocking up

The news last week that Harvey Nichols’ profits have plummeted left Mole wondering where Ab Fab’s Edina and Patsy will buy their champagne from now on. In their 1990s television reign the characters loved to shop at Harvey Nicks.

Miles set for Blanchflower’s role

Professor David Miles is set to take over from David Blanchflower as an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee.The chancellor, Alistair Darling, announced the appointment, with Professor Miles taking up the position from June 1 2009.Professor Miles has been chief economist at Morgan Stanley since September 2004 and he is also a visiting professor […]

Unsellable homes push down rents, says RICS

Would-be sellers continued to flood the rental market with unsellable properties at the end of last year, research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveals.

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A downhill stroll?

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has recently published new research, which once again demonstrates how the prospect of retirement is changing for older workers.