“The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past,” wrote William Faulkner. That certainly applies to the economy. The Office for National Statistics said last week that it had been examining its estimate for telecoms output price inflation between 2010 and 2015. Research suggests statisticians may have been considerably over-estimating this in light of large increase in bandwidth volumes available to business customers over that period.
Retail sales fell by more than expected in December, confirming a weak Christmas trading period for shops and showing that UK consumers are still reining in their spending in the face of higher inflation. The Office for National Statistics reported that sales volumes were down 1.5 per cent in the month, worse than the 0.8 per cent City of London analysts had pencilled in. The drop cancelled out the 1.1 per cent gain seen in November, which had been powered by Black Friday discounting.
The National Audit Office (NAO) released a new report on Thursday which highlights a lack of evidence that Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs) offer value for money for UK taxpayers. It follows the collapse of the construction and services firm Carillion earlier this week, which has shone a bright spotlight on state contracting and outsourcing. Labour have seized on both developments as vindication of its plans cancel PFIs and bring them “in house”. So what is PFI? What’s the rationale for it?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".