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  • Britain's top stock index recorded its biggest weekly rise in five months, with a late boost on Friday when Sky shares surged by more than 25 percent on a takeover approach from Twenty-First Century Fox. ...

  • Harvey Jones looks at three stocks trading at hefty valuations of more than 35 times earnings.

  • Britain's top share index rose slightly on Friday, putting it on track for its best week since July, led by shares in health care and consumer staples companies, but a rally in bank stocks faltered. The ...

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 21:22 GMT

    Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 8 (Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes climbed again on Thursday and set fresh record highs as a month-long rally following the presidential election of Donald Trump rolled on. Investors have driven up equities since Trump's Nov. 8 election over optimism about domestic economic stimulus …

  • US STOCKS-Major stock indexes rise again to new records Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 19:56 GMT

    Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 8 (Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes climbed again on Thursday and set fresh record highs, bolstered by data showing U.S. labor market strength, as a month-long rally since the presidential election of Donald Trump rolled on. Investors have driven up equities since Trump's Nov. 8 election …

  • Britain's FTSE lags Europe after ECB extends stimulus Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 17:02 GMT

    UK shares rose overall on Thursday - though not as much as European shares after the European Central Bank extended its stimulus programme - while outsourcing firm Capita tumbled after a profit warning. ...

  • Updates from Sports Direct International plc (LON:SPD) and Ocado Group plc (LON:OCDO) highlight two very different businesses.

  • Sports Direct warns tough times ahead after Brexit knocks profit Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 11:10 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 8 (Reuters) - Sports Direct ended a tough 2016 with a warning that trading was not going to get any easier next year after a slump in first-half profit, sparking another fall in its shares. The sportswear chain founded by Newcastle United soccer club owner Mike Ashley was badly …

  • Britain's FTSE, propped up by ECB, dips on Capita slump Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 10:37 GMT

    UK shares fell on Thursday, breaking a three-day winning streak as shares in outsourcing firm Capita tumbled on a profit warning, though with the ECB expected to extend its stimulus programme, underlying ...

  • Ocado says new high-tech centre boosts chances of international deal Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 10:06 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 8 (Reuters) - Ocado believes the start of operations at its third major UK distribution centre, its most high-tech yet, should help it to secure a long-awaited deal with an international partner, the online supermarket group said on Thursday. Potential deals with retailers in north …

  • Sports Direct profit slumps 57 pct after "tough" period Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 07:17 GMT

    Sports Direct reported a 57 percent slump in first-half profit, capping a calamitous period in which it has come under fire for the treatment of workers and was left badly exposed by the fall in the value ...

  • Japan cuts GDP growth for third quarter AFP - Thu, Dec 8, 2016 05:39 GMT
    Japan cuts GDP growth for third quarter

    Japan's economy contracted in the last three months of 2015, before bouncing back this year although the recovery has been wobbly

  • These FTSE 250 stocks are undeniably cheap Fool.co.uk - Wed, Dec 7, 2016 14:29 GMT

    Roland Head profiles three bargain FTSE 250 (INDEXFTSE:MCX) stocks. Is now the time to buy?

  • Barclays lines up Debenhams chairman Cheshire to head UK bank

    Barclays is lining up Sir Ian Cheshire to lead its new ring-fenced UK bank as it prepares to adopt a new regulatory framework designed to insulate taxpayers in the event of a future financial crisis.

  • MORNING BID EUROPE-Italy inches towards new elections Reuters - UK Focus - Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:15 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 7 (Reuters) - Next (Frankfurt: 779551 - news) step in Italy's unfolding political saga is the expected approval of next year's budget in parliament later today, a move which will then clear the way for Matteo Renzi to hand in his resignation. The prevailing wind seems to be in …

  • 5 reasons why this ex-FTSE 100 company is simply too cheap Fool.co.uk - Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:14 GMT

    This company has fallen 60% over the last 12 months. Is it now simply too cheap to ignore?

  • Will Christmas dinner kill off Tesco plc? Fool.co.uk - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 16:07 GMT

    What will the festive season say about the future of Tesco plc (LON: TSCO)?

  • Ex-divs to take 1 point off FTSE 100 on Dec. 8 Reuters - UK Focus - Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:33 GMT

    The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, ...

  • Pound hits a five-month high: should I buy next year's euros now? 

  • Fortnum & Mason blames price rise on weak pound as it announces 27% rise in profits

    Fortnum & Mason is set to increase their prices in 2017 as a result of the fall in the value of sterling. As the upmarket British retailer released full-year results showing a 27% rise in profits, Ewan Venters said the rising costs associated with currency fluctuations meant that price inflation was inevitable.

  • Fortnum & Mason blames price rises on weak pound Sky News - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 11:55 GMT
    Fortnum & Mason blames price rise on weak pound as it announces 27% rise in profits

    Fortnum & Mason is set to increase their prices in 2017 as a result of the fall in the value of sterling. As the upmarket British retailer released full-year results showing a 27% rise in profits, Ewan Venters said the rising costs associated with currency fluctuations meant that price inflation was inevitable.

  • 3 stocks that turned £5,000 into £113,300 Fool.co.uk - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:30 GMT

    These three stocks have generated life changing returns for shareholders over the last decade. Can they continue to perform?

  • No longer the bad guy, Tesco set to reassert UK dominance Reuters - UK Focus - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 07:00 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 5 (Reuters) - Two years after an accounting scandal plunged Tesco into the worst crisis in its 97-year history, the British supermarket looks set to reassert its dominance, given the edge by a transformed relationship with suppliers. Monthly industry data shows Tesco is once again …

  • UK shop prices fall again, but Brexit cost pressures build - BRC Reuters - UK Focus - Mon, Dec 5, 2016 00:01 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 5 (Reuters) - Prices in British shops fell in November at the same rate as in October, but rising cost pressures linked to the decision by voters to leave the European Union are likely to feed into high street prices next year, an industry survey said on Monday. Shop prices fell …

  • Fuel supplier Greenergy in Brookfield talks Sky News - Sun, Dec 4, 2016 17:59 GMT
    Fuel supplier Greenergy in Brookfield talks

    A major British fuel supplier which counts Tesco (Frankfurt: 852647 - news) 's pension fund among its biggest shareholders is in advanced talks to sell a stake to the giant Canadian group whose assets include Center Parcs. Sky News has learnt that Greenergy, which claims to transport a quarter of the road fuel used in …

  • Lloyds to net millions as RBS settles over Goodwin cash call

    Royal Bank of Scotland (LSE: RBS.L - news) (RBS) is to pay out millions of pounds to a rival state-backed lender as part of a settlement of shareholders' legal claims to be unveiled next week. Sky News has learnt that Scottish Widows, the insurance and pensions division of Lloyds Banking Group, will be among the recipients …

  • 3 stocks I reckon could nosedive in 2017 Fool.co.uk - Sat, Dec 3, 2016 08:00 GMT

    Royston Wild reveals three stocks in danger of slumping next year.

  • Supermarket chain Lidl to create 500 new jobs in Doncaster

    Supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to build a new depot in Doncaster, creating 500 jobs in the process. The warehouse, the brand's 13th distribution centre in the UK, will cost £70m to build. It is the latest sign that international companies have not been put off investing in the UK following the Brexit vote, …

  • These 2 hated dividend stocks are buys Fool.co.uk - Fri, Dec 2, 2016 07:20 GMT

    Buying these two unpopular income plays could be a shrewd move.

  • Lidl keeps up UK investment push with 70 mln stg depot Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 2, 2016 00:00 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 2 (Reuters) - Discount supermarket Lidl plans to spend 70 million pounds ($89 million) building a new distribution centre in Britain next year, it said on Friday, showing its appetite for investment has not been diminished by the Brexit vote. German-owned Lidl, which has won market …

  • Should you avoid McColl's Retail Group plc (LON: MCLS) due to Brexit fears?

  • Two tech companies win first Stop Slavery Award after workforce scrutiny Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 09:35 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two multi-national tech companies previously questioned over labour and workforce conditions have won a new global award for turning the spotlight onto their own supply chains to eradicate modern day slavery from their operations. The inaugural …

  • British food industry needs access to labour post-Brexit, bosses say Reuters - UK Focus - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 09:28 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 1 (Reuters) - The bosses of Sainsbury (Amsterdam: SJ6.AS - news) 's , Marks & Spencer (Frankfurt: 534418 - news) and Morrisons have said Britain's food and supermarket sector will need continued access to EU migrant labour after the country leaves the European Union. The heads …

  • 3 top stocks you’ve been overlooking Fool.co.uk - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 07:40 GMT

    Shareholders of these rather unheralded stocks are reaping fantastic returns.

  • Which supermarket stock will be the winner this Christmas? Fool.co.uk - Thu, Dec 1, 2016 07:20 GMT

    Which supermarket should you invest in ahead of the key Christmas trading period?

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