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London’s FTSE 100 was down 0. 8% at 7,263. 79 in afternoon trade on Wednesday as worries about trade relations between the US and China intensified.
Industrial property investor Hansteen has bought a portfolio of seven multi-let, urban industrial estates on Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate in County Durham from M&G for £12m.
The Financial Conduct Authority has fined Henderson Investment Funds £1. 9m for the unfair treatment of retail investors in two of its funds.
Fevertree warned on revenues on Wednesday as sales of its posh tonics at UK retailers were hit by a slowdown in consumer spending, but shares rallied as investors cheered US growth.
Prosus has called on Just Eat shareholders to accept its unsolicited £4. 9bn takeover offer, cautioning that the offer from Dutch online food delivery firm Takeaway. com creates "signifciant risk".
FTSE 250 defence company Babcock reported a jump in first-half pre-tax profit on Wednesday as a solid performance from its marine business offset a weaker showing in the aviation segment.
London stocks had fallen further into the red by midday on Wednesday as concerns about trade relations between the US and China dented the mood, while results from the likes of Kingfisher and Sage also weighed.
European stocks had extended losses by midday on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump threatened China with higher tariffs, while US support for protesters in Hong Kong added to concerns about relations between the two nations.
Clipper Logistics confirmed on Wednesday that it has received a preliminary takeover approach from private equity firm Sun European Partners.
Pre-tax profits at satellite operator Inmarsat slumped in the third quarter as revenue was hit by a pause in payments from US communications company Ligado Networks.
Water company United Utilities reported a rise in first-half underlying operating profit on Wednesday and said it was "well prepared" for the next regulatory period.
Travel food and beverage retail specialist SSP reported a jump in full-year profit on Wednesday thanks to growth in passenger numbers and new contract openings.
London stocks fell in early trade on Wednesday amid renewed concerns about Sino-US trade relations, while uninspiring results from the likes of Kingfisher and Sage also weighed.
European stocks lost ground early on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump threatened China with higher tariffs if a trade deal between the two is not agreed, with US support for protesters in Hong Kong adding to worries about relations between the two.
All Bar One and Harvester owner Mitchells & Butlers posted a rise in full-year pre-tax profit on Wednesday as its transformation programme bears fruit.
London stocks were set to edge down at the open on Wednesday, taking their cue from a weak Asian session amid renewed concerns about Sino-US trade relations.
Targeted increases in public sector pay are needed to enable the NHS, schools, the armed forces, the police, the civil service and prisons to hold on to and hire workers in the face of competition from the private sector, a thinktank has said. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that after a decade of wage restraint, the government now needed to respond to growing evidence of recruitment difficulties. - Guardian.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 4% at 7,335. 15 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.
Luxembourg-based real estate company Aroundtown has agreed to buy TLG Immobilien for €3. 1bn in an all-share deal.
Pub chain EI Group reported a decline in full-year profit on Tuesday ahead of its takeover by Stonegate.