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The UK government on Friday has refused to rule out a second national coronavirus lockdown as the number of infections continued to rise.
European shares started their final session of the week in red territory with travel stocks lower and investors looking for impetus.
John Laing Group on Friday said it would sell its 30% interest in Britain’s InterCity Express Programme Phase 2 to infrastructure investment platform AIP Management for £421m.
Investec forecast a slump in interim earnings of up to 71% as it faced in volatile market conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Covid-19 test maker Novacyt swung to a first-half profit driven by soaring sales during the current pandemic and said it expected core annual earnings to top €100m.
European shares opened weaker on Thursday as investors weighed the US Fed decision overnight to leave interest rates at near-zero until at least 2023.
International food packing business Hilton Food lifted its dividend after a sharp rise in interim profits driven by higher volumes.
Drugs maker Oxford Biomedica, which has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop a Covid-19 vaccine, said it expected higher second half revenues to push it to a low-to-single digit full year profit.
European shares were still in the green at lunchtime on Wednesday with Zara owner Inditex boosting sentiment after reporting a return to profits and an acquisition by chemicals and food ingredients firm IMCD.
The global economy could return to growth next year as better outlooks from the US and China combined with a “massive response” to the Covid-19 pandemic from other nations lessened GDP contraction, the OECD said on Wednesday.
Carnival said its AIDA Cruises unit would expand its range of voyages this autumn with new weekly trips visiting Italy from October 17.
Full year profits at house builder Redrow slumped by 66% due to the coronavirus pandemic, although reservations rose in the first 11 weeks of the new fiscal year and it expected to resume dividend payments in 2021.
European shares were again in positive territory at the start of trade on Wednesday with Zara owner Inditex boosting sentiment after reporting a return to profits.
Fiat Chrysler shares were sharply higher on Tuesday after the terms of its planned €50bn merger with Peugeot were revised by the two car makers.
Britain’s financial services industry has been blighted by too many scams and scandals and should be overhauled, the regulator said on Tuesday.
Online grocer and technology firm Ocado recorded a sharp rise in third quarter revenue driven by continued higher average spends during the coronavirus pandemic as it forecast annual core earnings of £40m.
European stocks started Tuesday almost flat as investors looked for cues while retail stocks received a boost from strong results at H&M.
Bus and rail operator FirstGroup said it expected to make a better-than-expected small full year profit as passenger numbers slowly recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan’s SoftBank said it had agreed to sell Arm Holdings to Nvidia for $40bn, just four years after buying the chipmaker.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed further support for mortgage holders if they face payment difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their credit files will be marked as a result.