Here are the top business, market and economic stories you should be watching today in the UK, Europe, and abroad:
UK government ministers are understood to be planning urgent talks over a potential rescue package for the airline Flybe.
The leading regional airline, which has more than 2,400 staff, is widely reported to be on the brink of administration after a difficult winter. It said on Twitter it does not “comment on rumour or speculation.”
Chancellor Sajid Javid will meet business secretary Andrea Leadsom and transport secretary Grant Shapps for emergency talks to thrash out a government response, according to Sky News.
But prime minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday it was “not for the government to step in and save companies that simply run into trouble.”
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The US is stepping up its lobbying campaign to convince the UK not to let Huawei work on its 5G infrastructure, Yahoo Finance UK’s Oscar Williams-Grut reports.
Both papers quoted an unnamed official as saying it would be “madness” for the UK to allow Huawei to work on 5G, the next-generation telecoms infrastructure.
In an interview with Belgian newspaper L’Echo published on Monday, Jean-Philippe Senard said the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance was “solid, robust, anything but dead.”
There has been much speculation about the future of the alliance, which ramped up after former chairman Carlos Ghosn dramatically jumped bail from house arrest in Tokyo in December and fled to Lebanon.
Ghosn attacked Nissan in his lengthy press conference in Beirut last week, accusing the company of plotting a coup against him in collusion with the Japanese prosecutor.
A leading recruiter has slashed its staff numbers as UK employers’ hiring has slowed, according to its results.
PageGroup (PAGE.L) said Brexit uncertainty and disruption had hit confidence among its clients in the UK, with a knock-on effect on employers’ recruitment spending.
It said in its latest trading update on Tuesday it expects Brexit uncertainty to be “ongoing” in 2020, and to continue to make trading harder.
A report last week said Britain’s tight labour market, with official figures showing employment at record highs, had also significantly limited the number of workers looking to switch jobs.
Gambling giants have been hit by a UK government crackdown on the use of credit cards on betting from April.
Britain’s Gambling Commission has announced the ban to tackle problem gambling after separate reviews of the industry by the commission and the government.
European markets tread water
European markets were largely treading water on Tuesday, with significant attention on the first phase of a US-China trade deal expected to be signed in Washington on Wednesday.
It will be followed by talks between US and EU trade officials on Thursday. “Markets are not too sure about how these negotiations will develop, there's a lot of tension between the Atlantic partners," Teeuwe Mevissen, senior market economist at Rabobank in Amsterdam, told Reuters.
What to expect in the US
"You had some good news in terms of China coming off the list of currency manipulators and so you would have expected bond prices to extend losses," said Andy Cossor, a rates strategist at DZ Bank in Frankfurt.
He told Reuters: "So, I think it might be a case that people got ahead of themselves yesterday and are covering short positions."