FTSE LIVE: Jobless numbers fall again as wages rise 3.2%; Dixons Carphone ekes out Christmas sales rise; Easyjet benefits from Thomas Cook collapse; Facebook to create 1,000 new jobs
The FTSE 100 starts the day at 7,651.44 and the pound opens at $1.30 against the dollar.
Social media giant Facebook is to create 1,000 new posts in London this year.
This will bring the total number of Facebook employees in the UK to 4,000. Facebook has 35,000 employees worldwide. London is the social network’s biggest hub outside the United States.
Dixons Carphone has revealed sales of electrical goods held up well during the Christmas period, with sales in the UK and Ireland up 2 per cent on a like-for-like basis in the 10 weeks to January 4.
But its Carphone Warehouse division continued to suffer, with sales down 9 per cent on a like-for-like basis.
EasyJet said that lower capacity among its competitors had allowed it to forecast higher revenue during the first half of the 2020 financial year.
The carrier continued to benefit from the collapse of Thomas Cook last September.