UK stocks had their best week in a month, closing in on their previous highs after official figures showed the economy expanded at 2.3% in April, its fastest rate since last July, as lockdown measures eased.
The service sector registered record growth of 27.6% compared with last year as non-essential retail and hospitality businesses re-opened.
For the week the index gained 0.95%, its best performance since the first week of May.
The UK’s largest listed residential landlord Grainger (GRI) said it had acquired The Forge, an asset comprising 283 rental apartments and a ground floor commercial unit for £57 million from Moorfield Real Estate Fund III.
The purchase price represented a gross yield of about 6.25%, which Grainger expects to manage in line with its standard rental margin of over 75%. Shares were flat at 291p.
Smith will stay at Domino's until November and work with chief executive Dominic Paul and the board to ensure an orderly transition. The shares dropped 1.5% to 381p.
Meanwhile chief financial officer Mark Jones has been appointed as a deputy chief executive officer and will have responsibilities in Man AHL, Man Numeric and the group’s technology roles.
Current co-chief executive Antoine Forterre will be appointed as chief financial officer and be appointed to the board. Shares gained 2% to 185p.
SANNE RECEIVES TAKEOVER OFFER
Cinven is required to either make an announcement of its intention to buy Sanne or to announce it does not intend to make an offer by 9 July 2021.
Fantasy video game developer and publisher Frontier Developments (FDEV:AIM) said it is targeting fiscal 2022 revenues between £130 million and £150 million following record growth in 2021 where provisional unaudited revenues were approximately £91 million.
Looking further ahead to FY23, projected revenue range is in the range of £160 million to £180 million.
The company also announced that it would be launching Jurassic World Evolution 2 will in late 2021 on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
There was some disappointment that 2021 revenues were slightly below expectations and with the shares having already gained ahead of today’s update, the shares dropped 12% to £23.20.
Octavius Black, Chief Executive Officer of Mind Gym, said, ‘we are well-placed to at least match our FY20 pre-COVID revenues in FY22 and return to profitability in FY23.’ Shares climbed 1% to 147.5p.
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