5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 7th February 2019
Justin Waite
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06:09, 7th February 2019

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5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Thursday 7th February 2019

5. UK jobs are attracting less interest from European workers, figures released by some of the world's largest job search engines suggest.

The construction and healthcare industries have been the hardest hit.

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4. SoftBank Group shares jumped 17% yesterday, adding $14 billion (£10.8 billion) to the Japanese tech investment giant’s market value, after it unveiled a surge in quarterly operating profit and a record share buyback worth $5.46 billion.

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3. The Bank of England looks set to trim its forecasts for Britain’s growth today, reflecting the approach of a still uncertain Brexit in just 50 days’ time and a slowdown in many of the world’s big economies.

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2. House builders registered plans to build 40,513 new homes in 4th Quarter of 2018 across the UK, up 2% from the same period in 2017, the National House-Building Council said.

That contrasted with 15% percent growth in the third quarter, although that surge was boosted by catch-up work after the beast from the east in early 2018.

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1. Theresa May will return to Brussels later to press EU leaders for legally binding changes to the Brexit deal.

The PM will insist the UK will not be "trapped" in the backstop - the plan to avoid the return of Irish border checks should no UK-EU trade deal be in place.

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