19 August 2019 • 2:20pm European stocks lifted as German government hints at stimulus Finance Minister Olaf Scholz talks up €50bn package to boost Europe’s largest economy Tthe White House has played down signs of an impending US recession Struggling ‘Boris bus’ maker seeks Chinese cash Roger Bootle: Britain should be more careful playing hardball on US trade Auto update On Off 2:20PM Wall Street set for rise Futures trading on Wall Street looks healthy, with the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both set to rise about 1pc at open, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq, which tends to move strongly on trade war news, looking at a 1.33pc climb. 2:09PM UK families start to worry about job security British families, who are growing more worried about keeping their jobs, have started to cut back on spending according to new research. Deputy economics editor Tim Wallace reports: Confidence in major purchases slid rapidly this month, according to IHS Markit’s household finance index, raising fears over the stability of consumer spending. This could mean the strongest engine of economic growth is sputtering. So far, record employment and surging pay has kept consumers spending, supporting GDP, even as exports and business investment have struggled….