Share prices have fallen on all the world’s major stock markets after poor trading figures from the tech giant Apple- down 9% in trading yesterday- and a sharp drop in US factory orders prompted fears of a global economic slowdown in 2019.

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British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) says UK manufacturers are facing the biggest shortage of skilled workers since 1989 amid record levels of employment and falling numbers of EU27 nationals coming to the country to work since the referendum.

The BCC said more than four-fifths of manufacturers struggled to hire the right staff in the final months of 2018.