These pages give you the latest UK economic and business news. Britain's economy is continuing to grow. Figures issued by the International Monetary Fund show that GDP per head is now higher in the UK than in any of the other major European economies. Research from Barclays Bank plc indicates that the gap in performance is set to widen steadily, so that within the next twenty years and despite its smaller population, the UK will overtake Germany to become the largest economy in Europe.
The UK attracted the most foreign investment in Europe last year and inward investment rose by 14 per cent, according to figures out in July 2004. Information to facilitate business-to-business trade and investment between the USA and the UK across a wide range of sectors can be found on the UK Trade and Investment USA website. UK Trade and Investment have a team of experts based in our consulates and trade offices around the US.
Britain has a world class science and engineering base. The UK has won 46 Nobel prizes in the last 50 years, including three last year (2003). British science has been responsible for breakthroughs such as in-vitro fertilisation, DNA fingerprinting, discovering the ozone hole, and producing the worlds first cloned mammal. The UK is second only to the US in terms of the volume and influence of its scientific publications. And on productivity and citations per researcher, British science scores more highly than any other G8 nation. Our science and technology pages contain information about areas of British scientific excellence, studying and researching in the UK and British science and technology events and seminars taking place in the US.
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