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Bruce Katz book claims a new geography of innovation is emerging

Research by the vice-president of Washington DC-based non-profit public policy group Brookings Institution suggests that innovation is increasingly reliant on proximity and collaboration.

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New year, new trade policies

The US-based National Foreign Trade Council has highlighted the new trade policies that it thinks will come into action in 2014.

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FDI into Balkans down in 2013

FDI into countries in the Balkans contracted in 2013, with a drop in the number of jobs created, projects launched and capital invested. 

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Tough year forecast for North American oil and gas

North America’s oil and gas sector faces regulatory uncertainties, a skills shortage and increased competition for financing in 2014, according to an outlook from Deloitte. 

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US consumer confidence at six-month high at the end of 2013

A US consumer confidence index shows that, as other economic indicators showed signs of recovery in the second half of 2013, so too did consumer confidence, which increased to a six-month high.

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Chinese business confidence hits two-year high

Business confidence in China has risen to its highest level for two years, buoyed by the recently announced reform agenda, according to a survey.

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UK economy too London-centric, warn foreign businesses

An overly London-centric economy reduces the appeal of UK to foreign businesses, say the findings of an investor survey. Six in 10 see the UK regional cities as viable alternatives to London

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New growth plan needed in CEE: McKinsey

A report by global consultancy McKinsey suggests that economies in central and eastern Europe adopt a new growth strategy to reduce the region's reliance on the western European economy.

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US M&A activity set to rise: KPMG survey

Results of a recent survey by professional services firm KPMG show increased appetite for mergers and acquisitions among US companies.

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Mixed news for BRICs in Maplecroft 20-year prediction

Bad news for Brazil and Russia, but India and China are on the up, says risk analyst.

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