|Bid||335.05 x 0|
|Ask||339.20 x 0|
|Day's range||334.95 - 334.95|
|52-week range||331.25 - 612.00|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.20|
|PE ratio (TTM)||8.54|
|Earnings date||29 Jan 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||75.00 (22.40%)|
|Ex-dividend date||06 Nov 2019|
|1y target est||780.00|
Britain's public finances delivered a record surplus last month in a boost for Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of next month's pre-Brexit spring statement. The surplus of £14.9bn - meaning the Treasury received more money than it spent - was £5.6bn greater than the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Analysts said it would leave the chancellor scope for more spending to boost growth in the event of a no-deal departure from the European Union.
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The government must reform the tax system to "level the playing field" between online and high street retailers, according to an MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) ' blueprint for saving town centres. The report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) contains a series of proposals from tax changes to action by local authorities. It followed an inquiry that examined pressures on high streets in the wake of several high profile retail rescues and failures - the latter including those of Toys R Us, Maplin and House of Fraser which was later bought out of administration by Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley.
Sterling weakened on Wednesday after three lawmakers defected from Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative party in a move that could undermine her Brexit strategy. May has returned to Brussels to try to salvage her Brexit deal which was voted down by Britain's divided parliament last month.
The pound retreated from a one-week high on Wednesday as British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Brussels to try to salvage her Brexit deal. If May cannot persuade European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker or the British parliament to modify her deal, Britain could crash out of the world's biggest trading block in 37 days. Sterling surged above $1.3 on Tuesday and enjoyed its biggest daily gain of the year against the dollar, partly on hopes of a breakthrough in the Brexit impasse.
Retailers should pay a penny per garment to fund better recycling and try to end the era of throwaway fashion, according to an influential group of MPs. Every year £140m worth of clothes are sent to landfill in the UK. A report by the Environmental Audit Committee (ECA) into clothing waste and sustainability suggested consumption of new clothing in the UK is higher than any other European country.
Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain's main opposition party had been "hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left". In a direct challenge to Corbyn, the seven centrist MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) said they were courting others from across parliament to join their group, saying "enough is enough" in keeping silent over their doubts about the Labour leader's fitness for office.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content from their sites have branded Facebook (Swiss: FB-USD.SW - news) "digital gangsters" in a parliamentary report. The digital, culture, media and sport committee published its findings after an 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news and accused Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) of obstructing its inquiry. The report warned the social media giant was using its dominance to crush rivals and prevent other platforms from competing with it.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) are calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content and fake news from their sites. The code, which would also cover illegal content, would be overseen by an independent regulator with the power to launch legal action against companies who breach it. The regulator could issue large fines against social media giants such as Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) and Twitter (Frankfurt: A1W6XZ - news) under the move, which is being called for by the digital, culture, media and sport committee.