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  • Fed's Yellen offers dose of uncertainty to markets hungry for a clue Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 18:46 BST

    Federal Reserve, Fed Chair Janet Yellen offered a sobering dose of uncertainty for monetary policy and the global economy on Friday, suggesting interest rates could rise faster than expected in coming months or just as easily crater back to zero. In keynote remarks to an annual policy conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, …

  • Household Spending Buoyed Economy Before EU Referendum, GDP Figures Show

    Experts had expected the country's gross domestic product (GDP) to see a decline thanks to the uncertainty in the run-up to the June 23 referendum vote, but industrial production and household spending seem to have buoyed the economy over the period. Household spending was up 0.9% in what was the second quarter of the …

  • GfK majority owner denies considering stake sale Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Aug 26, 2016 10:21 BST

    The majority owner of German market research firm GfK said on Friday it was not considering a sale of shares, rejecting a magazine report that had said it was eyeing a merger or sale of the group. "The bylaws of (majority owner) GfK Verein show that a share sale is not easily done, as the executive board and the advisory …

  • Liberty Media Leads £6.4bn Race For Control Of F1 Motor Racing

    A company backed by John Malone, the American media tycoon, is leading an $8.5bn (£6.4bn) battle for control of Formula One (F1) motor racing after proposing a deal that would see the sport’s owner listed on New York’s stock exchange.

  • Lung cancer doctors eye Merck's Keytruda over Bristol's Opdivo Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 23:08 BST

    Recent clinical trial results are likely to lead doctors to treat more patients who have a common form of lung cancer with a Merck (LSE: 0O14.L - news) drug at the expense of a Bristol-Myers Squibb medication at least until more data emerges, oncologists and analysts say. The yet-to-be-published studies involve drugs …

  • Britain's FTSE retreats as pharma stocks fall Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 16:44 BST

    UK shares fell on Thursday, extending losses from the previous session as healthcare stocks dropped, though CRH rose after well-received results. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down 0.3 percent at 6,816.90 ...

  • German research firm GfK names new chairman amid M&A talk Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 14:20 BST

    German market research firm GfK named an executive from its main shareholder as its chairman on Thursday, on the same day a magazine reported the shareholder was considering a sale or merger for GfK. Shares ...

  • Broadcaster ITV axes bid for Peppa Pig owner AFP - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 13:10 BST
    Broadcaster ITV axes bid for Peppa Pig owner

    Canada-based Entertainment One, which owns the rights to TV show Peppa Pig, said that it had "unanimously rejected" an informal takeover approach worth 236 pence per share from ITV

  • 3 top under-the-radar mid-caps to buy on today’s results? Fool.co.uk - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:02 BST

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  • ITV Abandons £1bn Offer For Peppa Pig Owner Sky News - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:54 BST
    ITV Abandons £1bn Offer For Peppa Pig Owner

    ITV (Frankfurt: A0BLQP - news) has abandoned its £1bn attempt to take over Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One (Other OTC: ENTMF - news) . Shares (Berlin: DI6.BE - news) in Entertainment One, a UK-listed Canadian company, fell 13%. ITV was up 2%.

  • Britain's ITV withdraws offer for Peppa Pig-owner eOne Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 11:23 BST

    British broadcaster ITV said on Thursday it would not bid for Entertainment One (Other OTC: ENTMF - news) after failing to persuade the owner of the children's TV character Peppa Pig to enter into a formal process. Canada's Entertainment One said earlier this month it had rejected a 1 billion-pound takeover offer from …

  • BUZZ-Entertainment One: ITV withdraws proposal to buy co Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:59 BST

    ** Peppa Pig-owner Entertainment One's shares down 14.3 pct in volume, largest FTSE midcap losers, after ITV drops bid to buy co ** Worst day for Entertainment One stock in nearly 9 months ** ITV says ...

  • Britain's ITV withdraws Entertainment One takeover approach Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 10:57 BST

    British broadcaster ITV said on Thursday it had withdrawn its proposal to acquire Entertainment One (Other OTC: ENTMF - news) after failing to persuade the board of the Canadian company to enter into a formal process. Entertainment One said earlier this month it had rejected a 1 billion-pound takeover offer from Britain's …

  • GfK's majority owner eyes merger or sale - WirtschaftsWoche Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 25, 2016 07:11 BST

    The majority owner of Germany's GfK is looking at strategic options for the market research firm, including a merger or sale, German weekly magazine WirtschaftsWoche reported on Thursday, citing no sources. ...

  • Britain's FTSE underperforms European peers, miners hinder Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 17:16 BST

    Britain's blue-chip share index retreated on Wednesday, underperforming its European peers, as a sharp drop in metals prices put pressure on the mining sector and South Africa-exposed stocks fell as the ...

  • WPP 2016 Interim Results Business Wire - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 12:00 BST

    NEW YORK & LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- Reported billings up 9.3% at £25.319 billion, up 6.3% in constant currency Reported revenue up 11.9% at £6.536 billion, up 5.2% at $9.367 billion, up 4.9% at €8.384 ...

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  • WPP sees signs of post-Brexit recovery in British ad market Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 10:36 BST

    WPP (Frankfurt: A1J2BZ - news) , the world's largest advertising group, reported a better than expected jump in first-half net sales and said its British operations showed signs in July of a "post-Brexit recovery", sending its shares to a record high. Run by high-profile businessman Martin Sorrell, the UK group said investments …

  • Britain's FTSE underperforms, hindered by Glencore Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 10:16 BST

    Britain's top share index fell on Wednesday, underperforming European peers as it was knocked by a drop in commodity firm Glencore after it reported a fall in earnings and adjusted its debt target. Glencore fell 4 percent, the top FTSE 100 faller, after it reported a 13 percent decrease in earnings, although it said that …

  • MORNING BID EUROPE-A far-right worry for Brussels in Austria Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 08:25 BST

    After a summer hiatus, Austria's presidential run-off is getting underway. Yesterday, former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen focused his campaign on the fact that he is pro-EU and that (he says) European Union leaders want him to win. Today, the campaign posters for anti-immigration Freedom Party candidate Norbert …

  • BUZZ-WPP: Top of the FTSE, record high after H1 sales beat Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 08:17 BST

    ** Advertising group WPP's shares up 3.4 pct, top of the FTSE 100 and second-largest gainers on the Stoxx 600 ** Shares hit record high of 1,807p ** Co says H1 net sales jump 3.8 pct, analysts expected ...

  • Britain's WPP Thumps First-Half Net Sales Forecasts Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Aug 24, 2016 07:15 BST
    Sir Martin Sorrell, Chairman and CEO of WPP, attends an interview with Reuters during the Cannes Lions Festival in Cannes

    WPP, the world's largest advertising group, reported a better-than-expected 3.8 percent jump in first-half net sales and nudged its revenue forecast higher on strong demand across the board for its services.

  • U.S. new home sales race to near nine-year high Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 18:43 BST

    Housing market strength should offset some of the drag from manufacturing, with other data on Tuesday showing production at factories remaining constrained by weak orders. "A very rosy picture is beginning to emerge on the housing market, pointing to sustained buoyancy in the sector's recovery, which remains one of the …

  • Gender Pay Gap Hits Women With Children Hardest Sky News - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 16:57 BST
    Gender Pay Gap Hits Women With Children Hardest

    Women with children face a widening gender pay gap - leaving them 33% worse off than men by the time their first child is 12, a report has found.

  • By 2018, the number of international Netflix subscribers will overtake the number of US domestic subscribers, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. “At the moment, Netflix has 79.9 million total paying subscribers,” said …

  • Builder Persimmon shrugs off Brexit as reservation rate rises Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Aug 23, 2016 08:57 BST

    Persimmon (Other OTC: PSMMF - news) has seen a jump in reservations by buyers of new homes over the last two months, the British housebuilder said on Tuesday, despite some surveys suggesting the vote to leave the European Union could cool the housing market. Persimmon said there had been a 17 percent year-on-year increase …

  • Despite fiscal concerns and a lower oil price, defence budgets in the Middle East are forecast to reach the spending highs of 2014 by 2019 at the latest, according to new analysis released today by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. The Middle East was the fastest …

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  • Sally James: 'Brexit made us a split family - we voted leave, our sons voted to remain'

  • UK GAS-Prompt prices fall as supplies ramp up, wind output curbs demand Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Aug 19, 2016 11:04 BST

    British wholesale gas prices fell on Friday as domestic supplies of gas ramped up while maintenance ended, with higher forecasts of output from the country's wind farms curbing gas demand from power plants. ...

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  • Britain's FTSE edges up, helped by miner rally Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 18, 2016 17:06 BST

    UK shares edged up on Thursday, breaking a two-day losing streak after commodity-related stocks gained on the back of a weaker dollar. The blue chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.1 percent to 6,868.96 points ...

  • Britain's FTSE gains as miners rally Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Aug 18, 2016 10:10 BST

    UK shares rose on Thursday, breaking a two-day losing streak after commodity-related stocks gained on the back of a weaker dollar. The blue chip FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent to 6874.03 points by 0858 ...

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