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Morning business round-up: Global shares fall

What made the business news in Asia and Europe this morning? Here's our daily business round-up:

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Market Data

Share Prices

Markets

UK markets
UK markets % change Value
Change
-0.03%
7300.23
-1.87
+0.41%
20458.27
+83.88
Europe markets
Europe markets % change Value
Change
+0.41%
543.06
+2.21
+0.28%
5363.79
+14.92
+0.51%
12157.67
+61.26
+0.37%
3358.46
+12.35
+0.46%
9447.50
+42.90
US markets
US markets % change Value
Change
+0.71%
26246.96
+184.84
+0.76%
7956.11
+60.32
+0.54%
2904.31
+15.51
Asia markets
Asia markets % change Value
Change
+0.41%
37444.31
+153.64
+1.01%
27356.99
+272.33
+1.36%
23738.18
+317.64
As of 05:19 19 Sep 2018

Currencies

GBP
% change One £ buys
Change
GBP against Euro
-0.04%
€1.1263
-0.0010
GBP against Yen
0.00%
¥147.7450
0.0000
GBP against USD
+0.02%
$1.3149
0.0000
USD
% change One $ buys
Change
USD against Euro
-0.06%
€0.8565
0.0000
USD against GBP
-0.02%
£0.7604
0.0000
USD against Yen
-0.02%
¥112.3450
-0.0200
Euro
% change One € buys
Change
Euro against GBP
+0.04%
£0.8879
0.0000
Euro against Yen
+0.05%
¥131.1750
+0.0600
Euro against USD
+0.06%
$1.1675
+0.0010
Yen
% change One ¥ buys
Change
Yen against Euro
-0.05%
€0.0080
0.0000
Yen against GBP
0.00%
£0.0070
0.0000
Yen against USD
+0.02%
$0.0090
0.0000
As of 05:18 19 Sep 2018

Commodities

Oil
Commodity % change dollars per barrel
Change
Brent Crude Oil Futures
+0.01%
79.04
+0.01
WTI Crude Oil Futures
+0.09%
69.91
+0.06
Gold
Commodity % change dollars per ounce
Change
Gold (Forex Index am fix)
+0.22%
1199.40
+2.60
Gold (Forex Index pm fix)
-0.14%
1200.20
-1.70
Natural Gas
Commodity % change dollars per million BTU
Change
Natural Gas (Henry Hub Futures)
-0.17%
2.93
-0.01
As of 05:18 19 Sep 2018

Shares in Europe and Asia have fallen sharply after the Federal Reserve issued a stark warning about the state of the US economy.

The Fed warned of "significant downside risks" facing the economy as it announced a bond swap programme designed to keep long-term interest rates low.

Major European markets all dropped in morning trading, with the FTSE 100 down 4% and the Cac 40 down 4.3%.

Following the Fed's downbeat assessment of the US economy, there was more gloomy news from Europe on Thursday.

According to the latest survey from research firm Markit, the eurozone's private sector contracted in September for the first time in two years as the debt crisis continued.

Markit's purchasing managers' index (PMI) of activity dropped to 49.1, from 51.5 last month. A reading below 50 indicates contraction.

"The recovery has finished, we are now contracting," said Chris Williamson, chief economist at Markit.

Meanwhile, Greece is being hit by a 24-hour public transport strike in the latest protest against government austerity measures.

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Train, bus and taxi services have been crippled and air traffic controllers will stop work for several hours. There will also be a mass protest of public sector workers later in Athens.

The government has toughened its measures, cutting pensions further and suspending more civil servant posts. It says this must be done to receive a vital 8bn-euro (£6.9bn) tranche of aid.

In the UK, there was downbeat news from the CBI business lobby group, which reported that UK manufacturers had seen orders fall this month.

However, there was better news from the UK's car industry. Car production rose 10.7% in August compared with the same month last year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

New Zealand's economy slowed to almost a standstill in the last quarter, figures have shown.

Gross domestic product rose 0.1% in the three months to June, compared with the previous quarter, according to Statistics New Zealand.

The latest edition of Business Daily from the BBC World Service looks at how much money might be needed to save the eurozone.

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