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Market report: Housebuilders gain on Galliford update, Dunelm lifted by strong like-for-likes

UK stocks head higher in tune with European markets on Wednesday, the FTSE 100 adding 0.3% to 7,157 to close in on recent highs, although traders have one eye on the pound after the consumer price index dropped below 2% for the first time in a year. Leading the gainers is packaging firm DS Smith (SMDS) with shares up 4% to 349p following strong results from rival Smurfitt Kappa (SKG) which is ...

Market report: G4S loses prison contract, Mulberry hit by House of Fraser collapse

The FTSE 100 starts the week in positive fashion, up 0.45% to 7,592.71 ahead of crunch mid-week trade talks between the US and China. Security firm G4S (GFS) falls 1.6% to 248.4p as the government assumes control of Birmingham Prison from the company after a report reveals several major failings. Luxury handbag retailer Mulberry (MUL:AIM) slumps 26.2% to 420p as it warns annual profits could ...

Adapt or die: The companies forced to transform as technology and markets evolve

Nothing stays the same forever and the best companies are those which are flexible and innovative enough to adapt. Without this capacity they risk becoming obsolete and are likely to face a steady decline in profit and cash flow until they eventually go bust or the remaining viable bits of the business are broken up and sold. The guiding motto of Andrew Grove, the man behind the rise of US ...

Market report: Record Primark sales keep AB Foods growing, Costa sales slow, GKN fights back

Record sales at discount fashion chain Primark will bolster a firm full year of profits at patent Associated British Foods (ABF). The FTSE 100 company, controlled by the Weston family, maintains its full year earnings guidance in a trading update issued on Thursday. The update shows quarterly revenue growth across all of its businesses apart from sugar. Sales at Primark rose 7% in the three ...
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