Economy climbs back above pre-pandemic levels

Good morning.

There is certainly encouraging knowledge out this morning showing the economy recovered to higher than pre-pandemic ranges in November.

GDP grew .9pc about the thirty day period, this means it truly is now .7pc higher than its pre-Covid peak. The development was pushed mainly by assistance sector activity.

Nevertheless, the ONS figures deal with the interval prior to the omicron variant ran riot through the country, this means development could nicely have slowed prior to the conclude of the yr.

5 factors to start your day 

1) Google buys London HQ in $1bn vote of confidence for the office  A former attempt to purchase the developing fell through all through the pandemic 

2) Shell out much more on renewables or ability costs will preserve mounting, warns IEA  Company phone calls for ‘structural change’ to fulfill expanding need for power 

3) US stocks sink yet again as fascination fees increase looms  Buyers have been offloading shares most sensitive to better fascination fees, this sort of as decline-building development businesses

4) Asos moves to London’s principal sector following 20 several years on Aim  On line vogue retailer’s proposed LSE transfer will make it eligible to enter the FTSE 250

5) Buyers assault ‘confusing’ EU takeover rules that even now apply to the City  Mergers even now weighed down by EU polices in spite of Brexit, say company titans

What took place overnight 

Asian shares took a beating on Friday following a fresh salvo of hawkish remarks from Federal Reserve officials solidified anticipations that U.S. fascination fees could increase as shortly as March, leaving markets braced for tighter financial situations.

Fairness markets turned deeply red, with MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares exterior Japan shedding .9pc in mid-afternoon trade, while Australia lost 1.1pc and Japan’s Nikkei gave up 1.3pc.

South Korean shares dropped 1.4pc after the country’s central financial institution raised its benchmark rate 25 basis factors to 1.25pc on Friday, as expected, having it again to where by it was prior to the pandemic as it seeks to restrain buyer value rises.

China’s blue-chip index declined .5pc and Hong Kong’s Hold Seng index was off .9pc.

Coming up currently

  • Company: Currys, Experian (trading update)
  • Economics: GDP, manufacturing, production (British isles) industrial production (British isles, US) retail profits, Michigan buyer sentiment index (US)