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UK retail sales rise in August, but the consumer outlook remains clouded

Retailers enjoyed a fourth consecutive month of growth in August with sales volumes and sales values up 0.8% and 0.7% respectively compared to July. That marked the fourth successive monthly gain, although growth has unsurprisingly slowed from the rapid rebounds witnessed in July, June and May. Despite the strong consumer spending rebound in the third quarter to date, there is also considerable ...

FTSE 100 reverses early gains in face of new plunge for oil, DFS rallies but Redrow slides

UK stock markets lost their modest early gains on Monday as investors continued to mull the damage the coronavirus pandemic is having on the global economy and company earnings. While the benchmark FTSE 100 nudged 0.5% higher in early deals, that positive momentum proved short-lived, with the UK's leading index falling 0.9% into the red at 5,737.31. The more domestic facing FTSE 250 saw a ...

Market report: Imperial Brands wafts lower on warning, Pearson also feels the pain

London’s FTSE 100 rose 30.4 points to 7,320.4 on Thursday thanks to strength in utilities, oil producers, miners and insurers. The most heavily-traded stock by volume was British Airways owner International Consolidated Airlines (IAG), which saw its shares fall 3.9% to 461.5p after downgrading earnings guidance. Imperial Brands (IMB) wafted 9.8% lower to £18.63 on a full year profit ...
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