Spanish 30-year bond auction meets strong demand

A Spanish government auction of 30-year bonds has been met with a flood of demand.

Wednesday preview: UK wages, US Fed minutes and Lloyds strategy in focus

Wednesday is a big and busy day for macro news, with crucial UK labour market data, initial Eurozone purchasing managers' surveys and a closely watched set of FOMC minutes, plus corporate results from Lloyds Banking Group, Glencore and Barratt Developments.

European parliament wants special access for UK after Brexit, report says

The European Parliament wants the EU to soften its stance on Brexit and negotiate an agreement that would give the UK special access to the single market, according to a report.

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UK manufacturing growth slows in February - CBI

UK manufacturing growth slowed as expected in February as the boost from a weakening pound starts to fade, according to the latest figures from the Confederation of British Industry.

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German investor sentiment deteriorates less than expected in February - ZEW

German investor sentiment deteriorated less than expected in February, according to the latest survey from the ZEW Center for European Economic Research in Mannheim.

19 Feb
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Randgold, Glencore and other miners club together to fight Congo legislation

A group of mining companies, including Glencore and Randgold Resources, have banded together in an effort to halt legislative changes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

19 Feb
ECB halts payments from Latvian bank amid accusations of North Korean transactions

The European Central Bank halted payments by ABLV, one of Latvia's biggest banks, on Monday, amid accusations from the United States Treasury that the lender had been involved in money laundering and unauthorised transactions with the heavily sanctioned nation of North Korea.

19 Feb
Russia warns US not to "play with fire" in the Syrian conflict

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the US not to meddle in the Syrian conflict, accusing the Trump administration of trying to undermine the Arab Republic’s territorial integrity and of supporting the autonomy-seeking Kurds in order to further its own interests.

19 Feb
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UK house prices rise 0.8% in February - Rightmove

The average asking price of a UK home rose 0. 8% on the month in February, or £2,414 to £300,001, following a 0. 7% jump the month before, according to figures released by Rightmove.

19 Feb
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Theresa May announces review of costly university tuition fees

Theresa May plans to review the cost of tuition fees for 2019 as part of the Government’s 'value for money' initiative for British students after coming under pressure from the Labour party.

16 Feb
Cleaning and hygiene products contribute as much as cars to air pollution, study finds

A study has found that half of the the air-polluting particles, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in industrialized cities come from domestic cleaning and hygiene products, even as car-derived emissions decrease due to stricter government controls.

16 Feb
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Oxfam set to reform "porous system" that allowed sex offenders into organization

Oxfam says it will act on past and present allegations of exploitation and sexual harassment by staff in response to recent revelations of sexual misconduct.

16 Feb
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Tesco shuts Cardiff call centre, cutting 1,100 jobs

Tesco will close its Cardiff call centre will close on Friday with the loss of 1,100 jobs despite the efforts of unions to reverse the decision.

16 Feb
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More than 420,000 UK homes remain unbuilt despite planning permission being granted

The amount of unbuilt homes, despite having received planning permission, has risen exponentially in the last twelve months, according to data collated by the Local Government Association, with more than 420,000 waiting to be built despite the UK suffering a chronic housing shortage.

16 Feb
US consumer sentiment hits second-highest level since 2004

US consumer sentiment rose to its second-highest level since 2004 in February despite lower and much more volatile stock prices, according to a reading from the University of Michigan.

16 Feb
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US housing starts surge past expectations in January

US housing starts surged past expectations last month, according to data released by the Commerce Department.

16 Feb
Steve Bannon refuses to answer questions in Russia inquiry

Steve Bannon, former strategy chief of President Donald Trump, has been questioned several times this week as part of the investigation into possible Russian intervention in the 2016 elections.

16 Feb
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UK retail sales grow less than expected in January

Retail sales in the UK grew less than expected in January, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.