5. Germany has slashed its 2019 growth forecast almost in half for their economy to 0.9% from 1.7%, pointing to growing headwinds for Europe's biggest economy.
4. British employers cut the number of staff they hired through recruitment agencies last month for the first time since July 2016, providing mounting evidence of business caution ahead of Brexit.
3. Asian stocks lost ground on today as investors worried about a broadening global economic slowdown, with sentiment not helped by the absence of any positive signs for a resolution in the U.S.-China trade row.
2. The government's housing planning system is unable to demonstrate it is meeting housing demand effectively, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
The government wants 300,000 new homes a year from the mid-2020s onwards.
1. The Bank of England expects growth this year to be the slowest since 2009 when the economy was in recession.
It is forecasting growth of 1.2% this year, down from its previous forecast of 1.7% made in November.
On today's podcast: Emmerson discuss the appointment of potash processing expert. Dev Clever Holding explain their innovative, interactive and immersive technologies. Chris Bailey covers Sainsbury's, Lloyds & Glencore.
SP Angel morning look at commodities and miners, featuring: Anglo Asian Mining (AAZ LN) BUY – 96p (from 108p) – Earnings update Glencore (GLEN LN) – Glencore claim record EBITDA on strong copper mine performance Landore Resources (LND LN) – BAM Gold Preliminary Economic Assessment Pan African Resources (PAF LN) – Earnings climb as operations refocus on profitable ounces Transense Technologies plc (TRT LN) – 2nd mining contract announced this week for mining heavy truck tracking & tyre pressure monitoring
In a conference call to investors and analysts, Motif Bio confirmed that the FDA had no questions over the clinical efficacy of Iclaprim. However the FDA stated it needs additional data to further evaluate the risk for liver toxicity before the NDA approval.
Five financial stories, trending today in a 70 second podcast, including: The number of people in work in the UK has continued to climb, with a record 32.6 million employed between October and December The jobless rate, remaining at 4%, is at its lowest since early 1975.