Ford has struck a tentative deal with union chiefs to end a workers’ strike at its plants which has run since mid-September. 

The United Auto Workers and Ford have struck a deal that is expected to provide staff with a 25pc wage increase over the four-year agreement. 

The deal still needs to be approved by union members. Ford’s 16,000 workers who have been on strike have, however, been asked to return to work ahead of the vote. 

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What happened overnight 

Wall Street shares fell yesterday with the broad-based S&P 500 down 1.4pc to end at 4,186.77, while the tech-focused Nasdaq Composite plunged 2.4pc to close at 12,821.22.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell a more modest 0.3pc to 33,035.93.

The yield on the 10-year US Treasury note yielded 4.95pc, up 10.6 basis points, after breaching the 5pc level on Monday for the first time in 16 years.

Asian shares skidded on Thursday after Wall Street tumbled. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 sank 2.1pc to 30,628.04 and the Kospi in Seoul declined 2.3pc to 2,309.14.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng lost 0.8pc to 16,942.93, while the Shanghai Composite index gave up 0.3pc to 2,965.35.

Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 shed 0.8pc to 6,799.00. In Bangkok, the SET sank 0.8pc, while Taiwan’s Taiex fell 1.5pc.

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