UK wage growth remained at its post-crisis high at the end of last year, as employment rose but productivity softened.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's grip on his party was shaken on Tuesday as an eighth MP resigned in protest over failure to deal with antisemitism.
US stocks finished in the green on Tuesday, as investors digested the latest developments from US-China trade talks, which were resuming in Washington.
British Prime Minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Wednesday for more Brexit talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, officials said on Tuesday.
Sterling jumped on Tuesday, amid conflicting reports regarding the death of the so-called 'Malthouse Compromise' which called for the Irish backstop to be renegotiated or, failing that, for an orderly 'no deal' withdrawal.
London equities slipped, as investors digested what analysts termed "strong" jobs data but disappointing results from HSBC and the pound snapped higher on reports that the so-called 'Malthouse Compromise', requiring Westminster to renegotiate the Irish backstop or pursue a managed 'no deal' withdrawal from the European Union, was now dead.
Commodities moved higher as investors in the States returned from the long weekend and US-China trade talks got under way again in Washington D. C.
Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he will run again for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US Presidential elections.
Stocks across the Continent managed to finish off their session lows, evem as investors tried to gauge the likely extent of the ongoing economic slowdown and waited for fresh headlines out of the trade talks between the US and China, which were again getting underway in Washington DC.
Stocks across the Continent are slipping lower as investors try to gauge the likely extent of the ongoing economic slowdown and wait for fresh headlines out of the trade talks between the US and China, which were set to resume later in the day, in Washington DC.
Tui executive Sebastian Ebel purchased 47,580 ordinary shares in the FTSE 100-listed travel outfit on Tuesday.
Analysts at Jefferies reiterated their 'underperform' rating on Standard Chartered on Tuesday as it sounded a cautious note on the group's shares.
The spotlight on Wednesday will be on a meeting between the Prime Minister and European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker, as officials on both sides of the Channel continue efforts to agree on the least damaging from of Brexit possible.
Analysts at Shore Capital reiterated their 'hold' stance on Greggs on Tuesday, stating that the company continued to "materially outperform" their expectations.
Analysts at Jefferies sounded a cautious note on shares of StanChart again on Tuesday, pointing to the declining trend in consensus estimates for the lender and the multiple hurdles that it was facing in terms of growing its revenues, which they said may necesitate a downgrade of management's expectations.
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Indivior's request for it to put on pause a lower court's decision that opens the door for the launches of potential copycat versions of its biggest-selling drug.
Seeing Machines climbed on Tuesday after securing a new program design win with an additional global US-headquartered automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to deliver its Driver Monitoring System (DMS) technology.
London's FTSE 250 was down 0. 32% in afternoon trading on Tuesday, with Plus500 continuing its plunge lower.
Bank investors looked askance at HSBC as the villain of the piece on Tuesday, while food retailers were led higher by star baker Greggs and encouraging economic data.
Wal Mart saw sales accelerate over the all-important holiday trading period as the US retail giant succeded in luring shoppers out from behind their computers and into its brick and mortar locations.