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    You might never see them, but restaurant kitchens would grind to a halt without pot washers.

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    Video caption: Electric truck maker Rivian says the company is more than just hype

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  4. Payout from MG Rover liquidators

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    Image caption: The car company entered administration in April 2005

    Liquidators at PwC say they will distribute a further £5.2m to unsecured creditors, including 1,200 former employees, of Powertrain, part of the MG Rover Group which manufactured engines and gearboxes.

    About 6,000 workers lost their jobs when the Longbridge-based firm entered administration in 2005.

    PwC said the 4.74p in the pound payout to a total of 1,700 unsecured creditors brings the total return to date to Powertrain’s unsecured creditors to 39.74p - a total of £43.7m.

    Matthew Hammond, PwC Midlands region chairman, said: "The collapse of the MG Rover Group impacted many families and communities.

    "Our teams working on this case have brought to life one of our key purposes of solving important problems - in this case the size and complexity of the MG Rover Group and enabling a significant return to creditors.”

    Got a claim? Get in touch with PwC at via powertrain.queries@uk.pwc.com

    PwC says that more than £130m has been distributed to all creditors since its appointment in 2005.

  5. London now flat

    London Stock Exchange

    Shares in London are now flat, pulled down by disappointing eurozone manufacturing data and investors making profits before Easter.

    The FTSE 100 is 12 points or 0.2% lower to 7,459.16. Top of the losers is BAE Systems, falling 3.3% to 494.6p, due to the shares being ex-dividend today. This morning, the aerospace manufacturer introduced a new sensor for military vehicles.

    The FTSE 250 is now down 40.1 points or 0.2% to 19,815.24. The losers are led by Sirius Minerals, which dropped 5% to 20.3p. the mining firm has seen its value rise by 10% over the last week after investment firm Capital Group sold off a 2.12% stake in Sirius Minerals.

  6. Did Brexit boost retail sales?

    woman looking in shop window

    Analyst Howard Archer warns of a false positive in March's retail sales figures.

    "It is very possible that retail sales could have gained a lift in March from some stockpiling of goods by consumers wary of a disruptive Brexit at the end of March," he says.

    If we all spend April using up our stockpiles of tinned beans and toilet roll retail sales will suffer.

    He does think in general consumers have been "resilient" when it comes to Brexit worries but he reckons retailers will be wary that that could change in the next few months.

  7. Eurozone's 'gloomy expectations'

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    The markets are digesting the disappointing news on German and French manufacturing sectors.

    Germany's manufacturing PMI was barely higher than the previous month and France's was a fraction lower. Both remained below 50 and therefore reflecting contraction in the sector.

    Taking overall PMI data, including services, gives a much healthier reading of 51.3, down from 51.6 the previous month.

    "It's still not in recession territory by any means but is pointing to rather subdued and uninspiring economic growth, and this is reflected in the gloomy expectations," said Chris Williamson, chief business economist at IHS Markit.

    The PMIs, if maintained, indicated second-quarter GDP growth of just under 0.2%, he said.

    Most European stock indexes are marginally lower with Paris down most at 0.3%.

  8. Sterling fails to benefit

    Pound dollar intraday graph

    Retail sales came in much higher than expected.

    But the pound is still down against the dollar. Why?

    "UK retail sales absolutely obliterated expectations in March, suggesting that household spending will lift GDP growth substantially in Q1," says Ranko Berich, at Monex Europe.

    "The lack of market reaction to the news highlights the extent to which Brexit is still the only story in town for sterling, but if data like this keeps printing this won’t remain the case forever."

    As you can see from the chart, there was a positive reaction at 0930 to the retail sector news but it was shortlived.

  9. Euro falls on PMI data

    Euros

    The euro has dropped following the latest eurozone manufacturing data.

    The euro is down 0.3% against the dollar at $1.1261.

    The euro has fallen against sterling at £0.8643.