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Market report: Metro Bank mashed on warning, Burberry bucks negative Chinese sentiment

The FTSE 100 started the day on the back foot after a sell-off in the US overnight and strength in sterling on hopes Article 50 will be extended, delaying Brexit. The index of leading shares was down 0.5% to 6,870.27. UK fashion brand Burberry (BRBY) softens by 1.4% to £17.51 as its same-store sales in the third quarter slow from 2% a year earlier to 1% and sales as a whole dropped 1%. The ...

Better apart: Why company break-ups can release hidden value and benefit shareholders

Demergers are back in fashion with five companies in the FTSE 350 index each preparing to split into two separately-listed entities. Another one has just completed its split and there are rumours that a further FTSE 350 stock could spin off one of its businesses. Unbundled companies often flourish because they have the freedom to be more entrepreneurial and not be part of a larger company where ...
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