Juliette was joined this morning by Billy Bambrough, edtor of Verdict.co.uk, discussing a report in today's Guardian that foreign powers may have interfered with June's EU referendum. Plus, is the foreign secretary Boris Johnson sporting a red face after Europe gave the thumbs down to extra sanctions on Russia?
Joining Juliette Foster for the latest market headlines was Nigel Cassidy, and it's been a busy morning of company announcements, especially in the retail sector. We've heard from Tesco, WH Smith, and Dunelm. And BHP Biliton are another company who has reported this morning.
Honest Coffees researched data from the 20 most populated cities in the UK to find out which ones were more coffee-friendly and which were more pub orientated. Cardiff came out on top with the highest ratio of coffee shops to pubs, 46 per cent of its drinking establishments are coffee shops. London and Belfast followed close behind. There are currently around 53,000 pubs in the UK
Tesco has reported an annual profit of £1.28bn, before exceptional items. That was a little more than analysts had been expecting. Like for like sales were just below 1%, the first full-year increase in UK like for like sales in seven years. But a record payment related to its historic accounting scandal dragged down final earnings number.
Now you may have seen that the top singer of our times Ed Sheeran's settled a 16-million pound copyright claim over his hit Photograph. An agreement's been reached out of court. The song photograph was just a simple ballad inspired by taking a picture of his beloved. But Ed Sheeran may be regretting ever picking up that camera,
Toshiba has filed its delayed financial results, warning that the company's survival is at risk. "There are material events and conditions that raise substantial doubt about the company's ability to continue as a going concern," the company said in a statement. The electronics-to-construction giant reported a loss of 532bn yen (£3.8bn; $4.8bn) for April to December.
UK inflation stayed steady at 2.3% in March, following rises in recent months. The biggest month-on-month rises were in food, but the figure was held down by low air fares. Given that inflation is above the Bank of England's 2% target, does that mean that the Bank will want to act soon and raise rates? And was last summer's cut to 0.25% a mistake? Ed Bowsher was joined by Ruth Gregory, UK Economist at Capital Economics to discuss further.
The pound has climbed a little on the same day that latest UK inflation data was released, showing consumer prices rose 2.3% in March, holding steady from February. To understand the latest currency market moves, Ed Bowsher spoke to Dennis de Jong, Managing Director at UFX.com.
Barclaycard has published its consumer spend data for March today showing spending up 4.6 per cent year-on-year last month. The first quarter saw record rises in supermarket spending in January - 2.9 percent - and in the amount spent on petrol - 19.2 percent in February. To find out more about the figures Sue Dougan was joined by Paul Lockstone, Managing Director at Barclaycard.
UK inflation has kept steady at 2.3% the latest data reveals. To understand the impact this will have on UK prices, and more of the big news of the day, Ed Bowsher was joined by David Stubbs, Global Market Strategist at JP Morgan Asset management.