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No change in interest rates or quantitative easing

No change in interest rates or quantitative easing Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Bank of England left interest rates on hold at 0.5% today.

The decision means the UK has now seen six years of rates at their current level, since they were slashed in March 2009.

The Bank also left the scale of its quantitative easing (QE) programme to boost the money supply unchanged at £375 billion.

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Treasury to sell of remaining Lloyds Bank stake

The Treasury will begin to sell off part of its remaining stake in Lloyds Banking Group within days, according a plan launched by Chancellor George Osborne.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports:

'No surprise' Co-op Bank failed stress test, chief says

Co-operative Bank chief executive Niall Booker said it was "no surprise" that the bank failed the stress test as it is in the early stages of its turnaround plan.

The bank is much stronger than a year ago.

As the regulator notes today, we have achieved the target of building our capital base and the actions we have taken during the first year of our business plan have made the bank more secure for the benefit of all stakeholders.

– Co-operative Bank chief executive Niall Booker

Lloyds and RBS narrowly pass bank stress test

Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland have narrowly passed a Bank of England test to see how lenders would cope with severe economic stress.

Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland have narrowly passed a Bank of England stress test . Credit: PA Wire composite

The test, using the position of banks and building societies at the end of 2013, found both RBS and Lloyds would be susceptible to such a crisis.

However, improvements and changes to their plans this year meant only the Co-op was required to submit a new plan.

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Co-operative Bank fails Bank of England stress test

The Co-operative Bank has been ordered to shore up its balance sheet by axing £5.5 billion in loans after it failed a Bank of England stress test.

The Co-operative Bank has failed a Bank of England stress test. Credit: PA Wire

The Bank found that a severe downturn with house prices plunging 35% would wipe out the Co-op's capital because of the effect on its risky commercial property and sub-prime home loans.

Mark Carney: Britain 'more than halfway' to recovery

Britain is "more than halfway" along the road to recovery, according to the governor of the Bank of England.

Speaking to the Sunday Times (£), Mark Carney said the economy had moved decisively from recovery to a full-blown expansion.

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney Credit: PA

Mr Carney said: "Wherever the finish line was in the depths of the crisis, we are much more than halfway towards that finish line now", but warned that challenges still lie ahead.

The Bank of England expects the economy to grow by 3.5% this year, easily the fastest pace predicted for any advanced country. Unemployment is also expected to fall below 6% by the end of 2014, with 800,000 jobs created over the past year.

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