A £2.2bn takeover deal has been agreed between Amec Foster Wheeler and Aberdeen-based Wood Group, creating a £5bn energy services company. And the pound has picked up today despite increasing uncertainty - for more on the big market stories of the day, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Mike van Dulken, head of research at Accendo Markets.
UK industrial and manufacturing production has fallen in January - what impact is Brexit and the fall in Sterling really having on the economy? Plus analysis on key US jobs data and more of the day's big economic stories with Viktor Nossek, director of research at WisdomTree Europe.
Shares in BT are up 5 percent as the company ends two years of wrangling over the future of its OpenReach division. Plus insurer Esure shares jump on positive news and Wetherspoons chairman rails against the budget. For all of the day's need-to-know company stories, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Craig Erlam from OANDA.
Tom Carroll, Director at Sanlam FOUR, joined Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to look at today's most important economic stories. They talked about Chancellor Hammond facing criticism from Tory MPs over a planned national insurance rise for self-employed; the ECB leaving interest rates and QE unchanged; UK pay growth being at its worst level since the Napoleonic Wars; Pret A Manger facing a staffing crisis because of Brexit.
Profits at Morrisons have risen 40% but why is the share price is down 6%? Plus John Lewis has cut staff bonus for fourth year in a row and Countrywide shares slump to an all-time low. For more on the latest company news, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke with Richard Hunter of Wilson King Investment Management.
As national insurance contributions from the self-employed are set to rise following today's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher spoke to Andy Chamberlain, deputy director of policy at The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed for more on its impact.
For a wrap up on the biggest items in today's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by Chris Justham, relationship manager at 7 Investment Management; Gerard Lyons, chief economic strategist at NetWealth and chief economic adviser at Policy Exchange; and Jake Sumner, senior associate for Industrial Strategy at ResPublica.
From ISAs for social care to support for small business, how can the government get more creative with its funds? For a preview of tomorrow's budget, Share Radio's Ed Bowsher was joined by chief economist at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Julian Jessop, for his take.
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