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Software and manged services provider Castleton Technology has agreed to buy Deeplake Digital for £1. 8m in cash.
Recruiter Robert Walters said on Thursday that it enjoyed a record fourth quarter thanks to a strong performance in Asia Pacific and Europe, which now account for 66% of global net fee income.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% at 6,916. 41 in afternoon trade on Thursday, reversing earlier losses.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, according to data from the Labor Department.
Furniture retailer DFS posted strong growth in underlying sales for the five months to 30 December on Thursday but said it was mindful of near-term political and economic uncertainty, as it announced the departure of chief financial officer Nicola Bancroft.
US stocks looked set for losses at the open on Thursday amid concerns about the government shutdown and following weaker-than-forecast Chinese inflation data.
It was all about the retail sector on Thursday, with London stocks slightly weaker by midday as investors mulled updates from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Halfords.
Ted Baker was under pressure on Thursday as Goldman Sachs downgraded its stance on the fashion retailer to 'neutral' from 'buy' as its new target price of 2,150p, up from 2,000p, suggests about 1% upside versus an average of 17% for the bank's coverage.
B&M European Value Retail posted a jump in third-quarter sales on Thursday as it hailed a "pleasing finish" to the quarter.
Retailers in the UK suffered their worst Christmas in a decade last month amid worries about Brexit and weak consumer confidence, according to data released by the British Retail Consortium and KPMG.
Staff at John Lewis may not be getting their bonus this year, the retailer said on Thursday, as it continues to expect "substantially" lower full-year profit despite a decent Christmas performance.
Food packing business Hilton Food said on Thursday that it performed in line with expectations in the year to 30 December 2018, driven by Seachill and its Australian operations.
It was all about the retail sector on Thursday, with London stocks on the back foot after disappointing updates from the likes of Marks & Spencer, Halfords and Card Factory, as only Tesco held its own on the top-flight index.
Retailers experienced their worst Christmas for 10 years last month as shops were hit by Brexit worries and a dramatic fall in consumer confidence. Total sales growth dropped to zero in December for the first time since 2008, with all areas of the high street hit by a fall in sales except food, which benefited from intense competition among the major supermarket chains. – Guardian.
London stocks were set to drop at the open on Thursday following weak Chinese inflation data and after US President Trump's decision to storm out of a meeting with Congressional Democrat leaders sparked fresh concerns about the US government shutdown.