5. Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction.
4. Disney is preparing another live-action Star Wars spinoff as it looks to lure viewers to a new video streaming site.
The media giant announced the plans as it reported a record financial year, boosted by box office hits such as the Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man and the Wasp.
3. With less than five months left before Britain and the European Union officially part ways, there remains a one-in-four chance the sides fail to reach a deal on the terms of departure, according to economists polled by Reuters this week.
2. Spending in British shops declined in annual terms during October, by 2%, an unpromising sign ahead of the crucial end-of-year period, for already-squeezed retailers.
Including online sales, like-for-like turnover rose by 1.0 percent on the year.
1. About 14 shops are closing every day as UK high streets face their toughest trading climate in five years, according to accountancy firm PwC.
It said fashion and electrical stores had suffered most as customers did more shopping online.
On today's podcast: W Resources provide an update on progress at La Parrilla, its tungsten-tin mine in Spain. Emmerson completes the Environmental Baseline Study at their potash project. Malcy talks about: Eco Atlantic O&G, Range Res, Bahamas Petroleum & Hurricane Energy. John Stepek author of Sceptical Investor.
SP Angel daily look at commodities and miners, featuring: Bluebird Merchant Ventures* (BMV LN) – Funding raised to complete pre-construction phase for Gubong gold mine Cora Gold* (CORA LN) – Sanankoro oxides demonstrate up to 97% gold recoveries Chaarat Gold* (CGH LN) – Joint venture to build gold mine in Kyrgyzstan Strategic Minerals* (SML LN) – Moving to 100% ownership of Redmoor
John Peters, Managing Director of Strategic Minerals, commented: "The recent resource upgrade has highlighted the potential world class nature of the Redmoor Tin/Tungsten project and has given the Board confidence to consolidate control.”
Five financial stories, trending today in a 70 second podcast, including: Accrording to the the British Chambers of Commerce, UK companies look set to cut investment by the most in 10 years in 2019 because of Brexit, even if Prime Minister Theresa May gets a deal to ease the country out of the bloc.