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Market report: Marks & Spencer slumps on poor Christmas clothing sales, Card Factory collapses on profit warning

London’s FTSE 100 started Thursday on the front foot, gaining 31.4 points to top the 7,600 mark as tensions between the US and Iran seemed to cool overnight. Corporate news was dominated by a flurry of festive updates from the hard-pressed retail sector, with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) stating that annual sales dipped in 2019 for the first time since 1995. Embattled retail giant ...

Market report: FTSE falters, Barratt bullish, recruiters struggle after Page warning

UK stocks open weaker on Wednesday with the FTSE 100 index of leading stocks drifting off by 0.2% to 7,522 due to softness in Beverages, Personal Goods, Tobacco and Utilities Housebuilder Barratt Developments (BDEV) delivers a positive trading update for the year to 30 June and forecasts annual pre-tax profit above the current market consensus of £884m thanks to a big improvement in operating ...

Market report: Debenhams surges on Mike Ashley coup, GVC slumps on director share sales

London’s FTSE 100 softens 45 points to 7,112 on Friday as poor economic news from China and Germany casts a dark cloud over global markets. In mainland Europe, indices are flashing red and Asian shares have taken a beating after Chinese exports saw their biggest fall in three years in February amid the trade war with the US. And German industrial orders fell by their biggest amount in seven ...

Market report: Smiths medical arm is sickly, Moss Bros blames World Cup and weather

The FTSE 100 looks on course for a strong finish to the week amid expectations China is about to unleash a wave of financial stimulus. This is supporting the mining sector as investors react to the positive implications this news would have for commodities demand. Early on the index is up 0.9% to 7,432.13. Engineering company Smiths Group (SMIN) posts a 28% fall in annual profit after a ...

Market report: China gets its retaliation in early and Sainsbury’s beats downbeat expectations

The FTSE 100 dips lower early on after China announced plans overnight to impose tariffs on $34bn of US imports ahead of tariffs of a similar scale due to be imposed on Chinese goods in the US on Friday. The index is down 0.3% at 7,569.26. Supermarket chain Sainsbury's (SBRY) posts a 0.8% rise in first-quarter sales, excluding fuel, against a forecast 0.1% decline. The shares are up 0.6% to ...
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