Financial Times

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 17/02/2012 - 12:21

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Retirement: rude health or decline into disability?

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 07/09/2011 - 14:19

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Granola hits the fan

The healthy food brand Nature Valley got some flak for its wraparound ad for its granola bar in Metro last month.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 10/05/2011 - 15:05

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Crying over spilt crude

Last week a sharp fall in oil prices caught some commodity traders on the hop.The hedge fund Clive Capital lost $400 million in a day after Brent crude dropped in price by $16 a barr

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 31/01/2011 - 16:06

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Too quick to bury the high street?

Last week Ordnance Survey issued a press release about changes on the high street as a result of the recession.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 28/12/2010 - 15:00

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Turning a blind eye to the birth rate

Statistics are supposed to inform debate, and guide policy. That’s why we collect them.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 16/09/2010 - 09:52

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Putting an inflated foot in it

A very interesting article in yesterday’s Financial Times by its Economics Editor, Chris Giles, shed

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 16/02/2010 - 17:49

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Baby boomers built the economic bubble

The generation born in the wake of World War II is getting the blame for the economic mess we’re in.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 19/01/2010 - 16:21

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Official Statistics: are the old cannier, or just more cynical?

In December the Financial Times published a Harris survey of the public's confidence in national statistics across five European countries and the USA.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sat, 06/06/2009 - 08:23

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Cod Statistics

 Here’s a pretty graphic from the Financial Times Weekend Magazine (page 14, June 6/7 2009) illustrating the decline in the spawning stocks of cod between 1966 and 2006. It looks good, but it’s an example of one of the oldest tricks in the graphic artist’s handbook: how to make a comparison between sets of figures look far more impressive.