Rail strikes will cause ‘incredible damage’, warn business chiefs


Good morning.

Bosses have warned continued strikes will cause “incredible” damage to the UK in both the short and the long term.

Businesses are braced for disruption as the biggest walkout on Britain’s railways kicks off today.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research have warned that the three strikes taking place today, on Thursday and on Saturday will have a fallout worth at least £91m to the UK economy.

There’s also expected to be disruption on the days in-between, while industry leaders have warned of further economic damage as workers opt to stay at home.

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What happened overnight 

Hong Kong stocks opened slightly higher on Tuesday morning, with the Hang Seng Index rising 0.5pc.

The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.05pc, while the Shenzhen Composite Index on China’s second exchange was flat.

Tokyo shares similarly opened higher. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index inched up 1pc.

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  • Corporate: DS Smith, Monks Investment Trust, Telecom Plus (full-year results); Safestore (interims)
  • Economics: Existing home sales (US)



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