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By Mary-Ann Russon and Simon Read

All times stated are UK

  1. Waitrose soup warning

    Waitrose soup warning

    Finally, here's a quick warning for those of you with food intolerances - Waitrose has recalled its Carrot & Coriander Soup because of a health risk.

    The nourishing liquid food contains gluten and celery which are not listed on the label.

    This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to barley (gluten) and/or an allergy to celery.

  2. Why seaweed farming in Zanzibar is important

    Video content

    Video caption: Seaweed farming in Zanzibar

    Here's an interesting video about seaweed.

    Yes, seaweed - it is increasingly becoming Zanzibar's big export.

    Seaweed export earnings rose from $3.7m in March 2018, to $3.9m in March 2019, according to the Bank of Tanzania.

    About 90% of seaweed farmers are women and demand for seaweed is largely being driven by the global skincare market, which is projected to reach $180bn by 2024.

  3. Wall street remains in the red

    US markets remain in the red.

    The Dow Jones is down 0.31% at 27,846.54 while the S&P 500 is down 0.16% at 3,115.29.

  4. FTSE risers

    No member of the blue-chip index had a great day with just Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust posting a rise of more than 1%.

    Shares in the company climbed 1.67% to 519.

  5. FTSE fallers

    Kingfisher remained the biggest faller in the blue-chip index today.

    The owner of B&Q fell 7.09% to 194.

    Insurer Aviva fell 3.98% to 10.5 while education publisher Pearson dropped 3.78% to 642.

  6. FTSE closes down 0.84%

    There was no late flurry from the FTSE 100.

    It ended the day at 7,262.49, down 61.31 or 0.84%.

    The wider FTSE 250 index fared a little better, only falling 0.26%, or 53.23 to 20,475.25.

  7. Johnson confirms National Insurance pledge

    Boris Johnson has told the BBC he will raise the threshold at which individuals pay national insurance to £12,500.

    Mr Johnson said the first step would be to increase the threshold to £9,500 in the first Budget of a Tory government.

    The timescale to reach £12,500 has not been set out.

    The PM told the BBC the move would help drive consumption and stimulate the economy.

  8. Labour promises £6bn green development bank

    Dan Carden

    Labour has promised to transform the UK’s development finance institution, the CDC, into a green development bank.

    The CDC currently manages a portfolio worth more than £6bn.

    Shadow secretary of state for international development Dan Carden said: “Revamping the UK’s development finance institution so that it works with governments in the Global South to manage their own green transitions is part of how a Labour government will ensure climate justice for those countries who have done the least to cause the climate crisis.”

  9. Lib Dems pledge to scrap retrospective tax loan charge

    Money

    One manifesto pledge from the Lib Dems in that has cheered freelance workers and contractors is a promise to review IR35 changes, or the so-called Loan Charge that has caused misery to thousands.

    The manifesto promises: "End retrospective tax changes like the loan charge brought in by the Conservatives, so that individuals and firms are treated fairly, and review recent proposals to change the IR35 rules."

    More on the loan charge here

  10. FTSE risers

    The FTSE 100 has started to creep back up a little meaning more shares are moving into the risers column, although only two have climbed more than 1%.

    The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust is up 1.57% at 518.75 while Associated British Foods has risen 1.4% to 2,469.50.

    With half an hour of trading to go today the FTSE 100 is currently down 0.71% at 7,271.99.

  11. Norwegian Air Shuttle appoints new boss

    Jacob Schram

    Norwegian Air Shuttle has appointed a senior adviser at management consultant McKinsey as its new chief executive.

    Jacob Schram, a 57-year-old Norwegian, said: “Norwegian has made aviation history and I am honoured to take on the role as CEO.

    "The airline industry is characterised by strong competition and unforeseen events, but it is also an industry that is important to people everywhere.”

    He will take over at the airline on 1 January.

    The low-cost airline is battling to secure its future against a background of investor worries over its finances.

  12. Markets remain in the red

    Lets have a quick look at global markets. At 3.30pm...

    • The FTSE 100 is down 1.01%
    • The FTSE 250 is down 0.48%
    • The Dow Jones is down 0.34%
    • The S&P 500 is down 0.19%
    • The Nasdaq is down 0.18%
    • The Paris Cac 40 is down 0.31%
    • The Frankfurt Dax is down 0.46%
  13. Lib Dem promises on pensions 'are vague'

    The Lib Dems have also been criticised for their pronouncements on pensions.

    “The Lib Dems promises on pensions are awfully vague and suggest they are bereft of ideas on how to affect policy in this area," said Jon Greer of Quilter.

    "They give a vague assurance they will act on the pensions crisis that is crippling the NHS, but again offer no solution when it is clear the tapered annual allowance is not fit for purpose.

    "The same can be said about ‘addressing inequalities in pensions law for those in same-sex relationships."

  14. Lib Dem tenancies proposal 'bizarre'

    Meanwhile the Residential Landlords Association has laid in to today's Lib Dem manifesto, in particular the Party's proposals for three year tenancies with rent increases linked to inflation.

    "It is bizarre to be proposing this when the average length tenants have been in their properties is over four years and when private rents are increasing by less than inflation," said David Smith of the Association.

    "Meanwhile the Party’s plans for a blanket licensing scheme for landlords needs further thought.

    "The crooks will simply not come forward, leaving the good landlords to pick up the tab for what would be a costly waste of time."

  15. Landlords' confidence drops

    Renters look in estate agents window

    A majority of private landlords are less confident about the market than they were three months ago, according to the Residential Landlords Association.

    Confidence is at its lowest in London and Wales and highest in the West Midlands followed by the North East and Yorkshire and The Humber.

    We warned the government that the tax increases they have imposed on landlords would be counter-productive and these figures show how right we were," said David Smith, the Association's policy director.

    “Whoever is in government following the election needs to completely change the approach and start to support good landlords to encourage them to invest to meet the rising demand for rented housing.”

  16. New Costa chief joins from M&S

    Costa Coffee sign

    Costa Coffee has appointed former M&S clothing boss Jill McDonald as its new chief executive.

    The cafe business, which was snapped up by Coca-Cola for £3.9bn last year, said she will replace current chief Dominic Paul at the end of this month.

    The soft drink giant hailed Mr Paul for leading the chain, which has more than 2,400 UK coffee shops, through a "strong growth phase" following the takeover.

    Ms McDonald said: "I have long been a fan of Costa."

  17. BreakingUS markets follow FTSE downwards

    Dow Jones has opened at 27,886.03, down 47.99 or 0.17%.

    The S&P 500 started the trading day at 3,116.31, down 3.87 or 0.12%.

  18. Johnson pledges rise to National Insurance threshold

    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson today said workers will not have to pay National Insurance until they earn £12,000 if the Conservatives are elected.

    The Tory leader made the pledge while answering questions from factory workers in Teesside.

    The current threshold sees workers paying National Insurance contributions once they earn £8,424 a year.

    However, Johnson had promised to raise the threshold to £12,500 during the Tory leadership contest to match the income tax threshold.

    The independent think tank the IFS estimated that would cost £17bn.

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  19. FTSE remains 1% adrift of yesterday's closing price

    FTSE graph

    After staging a small recovery over lunchtime, the FTSE 100 has started to slip back downwards in afternoon trading.

    It's now down 1.04% on the day at 7,247.99.

    The wider FTSE 250 index is down 0.52% at 20,421.16.