The "Macron rally" that marked the start of this week and bolstered European markets seems to have steadied and cooled, with even the FTSE opening lower. To discuss this and more macro news, Robyn Dwyer spoke to Ben Kumar from 7 Investment Managment.
The News Review: Will Uber's plan for flying cars get off the ground?
Today on the agenda, Glen Goodman and personal finance expert Martyn James discussed how just a fifth of us in the UK are in favour of a cashless society - but this rises to more than a third in places like Belgium, Italy and the US. Plus they look into Uber bosses unveiling plans to use flying vehicles by 2020. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Labour outlines its campaign plans for Brexit and NHS
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The General Election campaign is underway. Labour has set out its Brexit & NHS plans. Theresa May is in Wales targeting voters there. And the front of The Telegraph reads Britain 'faces EU bill until 2020'. It comes as the Prime Minister's preparing to meet the EU's chief Brexit negotiator for the first time since taking office.
Joining Glen Goodman for the main market headlines was Nigel Cassidy, starting with Boohoo, the online fashion retailer, the big story of the morning. We've heard from Metro Bank and also about the UK and it becoming a cashless society.
The findings reveal one in five people in Europe now rarely carries cash, and a third would go completely cashless if given the choice, although people in the UK were the least likely to hold this view. Developments in technology and new payment methods are making the shift to a cashless economy ever more possible, and new findings reveal that society's desire to follow is not far behind.
The BP chief who famously told reporters he wanted his life back after the company's Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is stepping down as chairman of the oil and gas company Genel Energy. The Kurdistan venture was seen as a second coming for Mr Hayward. But it hasn't fulfilled its promise on his watch and Genel's shares closed almost 5% higher on his replacement.
A café in south London has become the latest business to go card-only as more turn their back on the “faff” of taking coins and notes. Ross Brown, who owns Browns of Brockley in south east London, stopped taking cash earlier this year, inspired by a trip to Sweden where he “hardly used cash at all and not even noticed.”
A row's erupted after French state-owned rail operator SNCF launched a bid to run new high speed services from London to Birmingham. It joined forces with Virgin Trains to enter the competition for the West Coast Partnership franchise, which will include services on the existing West Coast route from 2019 and initial HS2 trains between the capital and West Midlands from 2026.
With polls suggesting the pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron will emerge as the comfortable winner over the far-right Marine Le Pen in the final run-off election in France, bondholders have begun snapping up French assets once again. For more, Sarah Lowther was joined by Mike Bell, Global Market Strategist at JP Morgan.
Today on the agenda, Georgie Frost and Kevin White, Director at Fortem Financial Management discussed how up to three million children in the UK are at risk because families can't afford to feed them during school holidays. Plus they look into why UK shoe repair and key-cutting business Timpson recruits new staff according to which Mr Men characters their personalities resemble. All these stories and more on The News Review.