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European shares closed lower on Thursday despite eurozone and US inflation rising more than expected, raising fears of more interest rate rises.
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.
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.
Citi trimmed its price target for Quilter on Thursday to 68p from 70p and reiterated its ‘sell’ rating.
European shares held modest gains on Thursday despite eurozone inflation rising more than expected, as investors looked ahead to prices data from the US.
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.
European shares were cautiously higher at the open on Thursday as investors awaited inflation data from the eurozone and US.