3) Quarantine on arrivals is harming the recovery, businesses warn: As ministers prepare to allow travel to and from some low-risk countries without quarantine via an ‘air bridge’ scheme, bosses warned that the proposals must go ahead without further delay.
4) John Allan, the chairman of Tesco, is to oversee a new Covid-19 economic recovery commission, which will be endorsed by the Chancellor when it is launched on Friday.The former CBI president will be tasked with generating policy ideas for resuscitating the UK economy after the pandemic.
5) Raab hits out at HSBC as first arrests made under Hong Kong security law: Mr Raab attacked the lender for throwing its weight behind the new rule, which criminalises anti-government movements in the former British colony and introduces life sentences or long term jail terms for vaguely defined national security crimes.
What happened overnight
Asian stocks tracked Wall Street higher on Thursday although sentiment was cautious ahead of US employment data while copper prices jumped to more than six-month highs on a better global outlook and supply fears in top producer Chile.
MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside of Japan rose 0.9pc with all major indexes trading higher on hopes of a vaccine for Covid-19.
Japan’s Nikkei rose 0.4pc, China’s blue-chip index added 0.6pc while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index climbed 1.7pc.
E-mini futures for the S&P 500 were flat.
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Interim results: Costain
Full-year: DS Smith
Trading statement: Associated British Foods, Meggitt
Economics: PPI inflation (eurozone), unemployment (eurozone, US), non-farm payrolls, trade balance, jobless claims (US)