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31 Aug
Europe close: Shares lower as 'sticky' inflation raises rate hike fears

European shares closed lower on Thursday despite eurozone and US inflation rising more than expected, raising fears of more interest rate rises.

31 Aug
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Grant Shapps new UK Defence Secretary in mini-reshuffle

UK Energy Secretary Grant Shapps has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary, after Ben Wallace’s resignation earlier on Thursday, Downing Street officials confirmed.

31 Aug
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Grafton profits fall in tough market; unveils £50m buyback

Building materials supplier Grafton on Thursday reported a 29% fall in half-year profits amid a challenging market, but still lifted its dividend and announced a new £50m share buyback.

31 Aug
FTSE 250 movers: Citi 'sell' hits Quilter; Grafton buyback pleases

Citi trimmed its price target for Quilter on Thursday to 68p from 70p and reiterated its ‘sell’ rating.

31 Aug
Europe midday: Shares shrug off EZ CPI data, look to US inflation

European shares held modest gains on Thursday despite eurozone inflation rising more than expected, as investors looked ahead to prices data from the US.

31 Aug
German July retail sales fall, miss forecasts

German retail sales fell by 0. 8% month-to-month in July, missing forecasts of a 0. 3% increase, according to official data released on Thursday.

31 Aug
Europe open: Shares edge higher ahead of US, EZ inflation data

European shares were cautiously higher at the open on Thursday as investors awaited inflation data from the eurozone and US.