Sunday 22 September 2019

European shares slip on recession, Brexit worries

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European stocks were slightly lower in early trading on Thursday, as fears of a global recession and the impact of a disorderly Brexit kept investors away from risky assets.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to suspend Britain's parliament for more than a month before Brexit, a move that will limit the time opponents have to derail a disorderly Brexit and increases the chance that Johnson could face a vote of no-confidence in his government.

However, the fall in the pound helped Britain's FTSE 100 rise 0.14pc and outperform the pan-European STOXX 600 index, which was flat by 07:10 GMT.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration on Wednesday officially stamped its extra 5pc tariff on $300bn in Chinese imports and set collection dates of September 1 and December 15, the latest move in a trade war between the two countries that has entered its second year.

British IT group Micro Focus slumped 24pc after it warned on profit, citing lower spending by clients.


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