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Electric car demand plunges across Europe

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Thanks for joining me. Electric vehicle sales plunged in Europe last month as demand particularly dried up in Germany.

Sales of battery-powered cars dropped by 11.3pc, with sales in Europe’s largest economy plummeting by 28.9pc, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

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What happened overnight 

Asian shares advanced even after sinking technology stocks sent Wall Street lower in the S&P 500’s worse losing streak since the start of the year.

Oil prices have risen slightly, with global benchmark Brent trading above $87 a barrel after slumping by 3pc on Wednesday.

Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 climbed 0.3pc to 38,090.87 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong gained 1.5pc to 16,489.59.

The Shanghai Composite index added 0.6pc to 3,089.93 but South Korea’s Kospi led the region’s gains, surging 1.8pc to 2,631.15.

In Australia, the S&P/ASX 500 rose 0.6pc to 7,651.30.

On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.1pc, to 37,753.31, the S&P 500 lost 0.6pc, to 5,022.21 and the Nasdaq Composite index dropped 1.2pc, to 15,683.37.

The yield on benchmark 10-year US Treasury bonds dropped to 4.58pc, from 4.66pc late on Tuesday.

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2024-04-18 09:28:58

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