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.
JD sports has seen an 80% rise in pre-tax profits - and shares are on the up - but other's aren't so lucky, with Shell bogged down in a possible corruption scandal around its Nigerian oil licence. For more of the latest company news, Ed Bowsher was joined by Paul Sedgewick, Head of Investments at Frank Investments.
Financial heavyweights Lindsay Cook and Andy Webb join Sue in the studio and look at the rise of leasehold properties, and tell you everything you need to be aware of when buying one. Plus, they discuss how you can use gifts to cut down your inheritance tax bill. And which bank gets the Sucker Punch this week?
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.
Every week we catch up with the UK Money Blogger community. On Monday around 100 experts in all, take to the social media site to kick off the week and share experiences, tips and questions on anything money related. Last night they discussed all things Easter. To find out more Sue Dougan was joined by Eileen Adamson -whose site is : http://www.yourmoneysorted.co.uk/.
On Track Record with Sue Dougan today is the CEO at EQ Investors and the EQ Foundation, John Spiers. He started his career with British Airways pension fund in the mid 1970s, before founding Bestinvest in the late 1980s. He sold Bestinvest in 2007, then set up the Spiers Family Foundation. He later took over EQ Investors and now runs that, and the relatively new EQ Foundation.
Today on the agenda, Sue Dougan and Personal finance expert Kevin White discussed the latest inflation figures. Plus they look into why drivers are paying over 100 pounds more for their car insurance on average this year - compared with 2016. All these stories and more on The News Review.
Boris Johnson has asked G7 to consider fresh sanctions against Russia and Syria, claiming Putin is ‘toxifying’ Russia’s image and says Kremlin has to choose between withdrawing support for Assad or facing penalties. And Theresa May and Donald Trump have agreed a "window of opportunity now exists" to persuade Russia to drop its links with the Syrian government.
Joining Sue Dougan for the latest market headlines was Nigel Cassidy, starting with some inflation figures this morning. Plus, JD Sports has reported record profits with an 81% increase in pre-tax profits last year to £238.4m. And around 700 jobs are under threat at luxury fashion chain Jaeger.
New research from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG suggests that retail sales for March are 'underwhelming'. What does this mean for retailers and the high street? Nigel was joined by Paul Martin, UK Head of Retail at KPMG, to discuss further.