Britain is struggling to stay in the "premier league" of countries ranked by the consultants PwC after suffering more grievously than rival nations in the slump of 2008-09.
The International Monetary Fund is widely expected to raise its outlook for the UK this week, nudging up the country's growth forecasts by more than for any other major economy.
More than 2,500 of globalisation's movers and shakers gather for their annual four-day mountaintop conclave this week, aware that the world is still being shaken by the events of half a decade ago.
What a difference a year makes.
Britain's biggest banks benefited from a "too big to fail" subsidy from the taxpayer of £38bn last year, according to a leading economic thinktank which argued that they are not giving enough back to the public.
Britain's economy needs sustained low interest rates to spur growth and repair the stricken banking sector, the Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned, in a strong rebuttal of critics calling for a rapid rate hike in response to a galloping housing market.
Stronger consumer spending and a long-awaited pickup in investment were the driving forces behind Britain's economic growth during the third quarter, according to government data.
Central banks on both sides of the Atlantic are once again being forced to think the unthinkable.
Britain's business lobby group will set out its "unequivocal" support for Britain staying in the European Union on Monday, claiming that membership brings each household some £3,000 a year.
Ed Miliband will seek to capitalise on his conversion to a mansion tax by challenging Nick Clegg to back his plans in the Commons, and imposing the proposal against the wishes of the Conservatives.
The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has accused David Cameron of being more concerned about the threat of the UK Independence party (Ukip) than the economy in focusing on Britain's membership of the EU.