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UK retail sales reach 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday

UK retail sales reach 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday

British retail sales reached a 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday’s shopping frenzy, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said.

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UK consumer confidence in December hits lowest level since March - GfK

UK consumer confidence in December hits lowest level since March - GfK

UK consumer confidence hit its lowest level since March this month, according to data out on Friday.

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Russian finance minister Siluanov says rouble will stabilise in 2015

Russian finance minister Siluanov says rouble will stabilise in 2015

Russia?s rouble rebounded on Friday after the country?s Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said his ministry had sold foreign currency......[more]

FTSE 100 movers: BP, Shell, BG Group gain as crude prices rebound

FTSE 100 movers: BP, Shell, BG Group gain as crude prices rebound

Oil and gas stocks were advancing on Friday after a strong rebound in crude prices, with Tullow Oil, BP, Shell and BG Group putting in decent gains.

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Balfour Beatty buys offshore project

Balfour Beatty buys offshore project

Balfour Beatty has reached financial close....[more]

Fortune Oil to be bought by majority owners

Fortune Oil to be bought by majority owners

The owner of a majority stake in Fortune Oil....[more]

Synthomer confirms new CEO appointment

Synthomer confirms new CEO appointment

Polymers producer Synthomer ......[more]

Incadea recommends 122m takeover bid

Incadea recommends 122m takeover bid

Incadea has received a £121.6m takeover bid....[more]

Westhouse stays positive about Aveva

Westhouse stays positive about Aveva

Shares in Aveva came under heavy selling pressure on Thursday after both Morgan......[more]

Peel Hunt slashes Serco target, reiterates 'sell'

Peel Hunt slashes Serco target, reiterates 'sell'

Peel Hunt has slashed its target price for Serco by nearly half to take into account......[more]

Buying Aer Lingus  'makes sense' for IAG

Buying Aer Lingus 'makes sense' for IAG

Broker Liberum Capital has reiterated its ?buy? stance for IAG shares....[more]

UK public sector borrowing falls

UK public sector borrowing falls

UK public sector net borrowing fell between April and November....[more]

UK property market loses momentum

UK property market loses momentum

Edinburgh and Glasgow recorded the fastest price increases......[more]

China 2013 GDP revised upward

China 2013 GDP revised upward

China?s gross domestic product for 2013 was revised up......[more]

Friday newspaper round-up: IAG and Aer Lingus, North Sea oil, Unilever and RB...

Friday newspaper round-up: IAG and Aer Lingus, North Sea oil, Unilever and RB...

The Times has printed a story on British Airways owner IAG's revelation that a secret €1bn-plus takeover of Aer Lingus was rejected by the Irish carrier’s board. According to the new source, a takeover by IAG would have seen the airline seize even more highly prized take-off and landing slots at capacity constrained Heathrow airport.

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Broker tips: Energy services sector, IAG, Serco, Aveva

Broker tips: Energy services sector, IAG, Serco, Aveva

Shares in the oil and gas services sector were hammered on Friday by comments from US bank Goldman Sachs which repeated its ‘cautious’ rating on the European sector in light of the recent collapse in crude prices.

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Broker tips: Energy services sector, IAG, Serco, Aveva

Broker tips: Energy services sector, IAG, Serco, Aveva

Fri, 19 December 2014

Shares in the oil and gas services sector were hammered on Friday by comments from US bank Goldman Sachs which repeated its 'cautious' rating on the European sector in light of the recent collapse in ... [more]

Peel Hunt says 'buy' Berendsen despite expected currency hit

Fri, 19 December 2014

Peel Hunt is advising investors to 'buy' into Berendsen after the textile service company forecast a currency hit to revenue, but said it had improved margins in its key growth businesses.... [more]

Oil collapse to result in "painful" 2015/16 for energy services, says Goldman

Fri, 19 December 2014

Shares in the oil and gas service industry took a battering on Friday from comments by US investment bank Goldman Sachs which repeated its 'cautious' rating on the sector's European players in light o... [more]

Company News [more]

IPF to buy MCB Finance for £24m

IPF to buy MCB Finance for £24m

Fri, 19 December 2014

International home credit business provider International Personal Finance (IPF) is buying Baltic credit supplier MCB Finance Group for about £24m in an agreed deal.... [more]

SSE falls short of target in power generation bid

Fri, 19 December 2014

Power generator and retailer SSE has not won all the generation business it wanted in a UK energy generation capacity auction.... [more]

Blinkx buys Adkarma for up to $20m

Fri, 19 December 2014

Internet service Blinkx is buying video supplier Adkarma for up to $20m to boost its presence in the digital video advertising market.... [more]

Economic News [more]

UK retail sales reach 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday

UK retail sales reach 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday

Fri, 19 December 2014

British retail sales reached a 27-year high in December, driven by Black Friday's shopping frenzy, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said.... [more]

UK consumer confidence in December hits lowest level since March - GfK

UK consumer confidence in December hits lowest level since March - GfK

Fri, 19 December 2014

UK consumer confidence hit its lowest level since March this month, according to data out on Friday.... [more]

FTSE 100 Top Risers

Name Last Chg.% Time
Tullow Oil 424.20 6.85 15:27
Tesco 185.15 5.32 15:27
Randgold Resources Ltd. 4,421.00 4.17 15:27
Morrison (Wm) Supermarkets 175.70 3.35 15:27
Fresnillo 738.50 3.21 15:27

FTSE 100 Top Fallers

Name Last Chg.% Time
TUI AG Reg Shs (Post- 16/12/14)(DI) 1,075.00 -3.07 15:27
CRH 1,509.00 -1.57 15:27
Old Mutual 187.00 -1.53 15:27
Smiths Group 1,072.00 -1.29 15:27
Sky 888.50 -1.28 15:27