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London’s FTSE 250 was down 0. 1% at 19,497. 71 in afternoon trade on Friday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% at 6,354. 44 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Helios Towers slumped on Friday after Millicom Holding sold 52 million shares in the telecommunications company - a 5. 2% stake - at 155p each.
London stocks were in the black by midday on Friday as investors digested the latest UK retail sales and borrowing data.
Barclays initiated coverage on AJ Bell, Quilter and IntegraFin on Friday, as it noted that UK investment platforms have traded at high multiples since their debuts in 2018, reflecting attractive structural assets under management growth.
Costain has appointed Helen Willis as its new chief financial officer with effect from 30 November.
London stocks edged higher in early trade on Friday as investors digested the latest UK retail sales and borrowing data.
Property investment and development company Segro said on Friday that it has received approval for a secondary listing on Euronext Paris as it looks to maintain an efficient holding structure at end of the Brexit transition period.
Student accommodation manager and developer Unite Group said on Friday that it has bought a new 800-bed development site in Paddington, central London, from Travis Perkins.
UK retail sales rose for the sixth consecutive month in October, underpinned by the online segment, while government borrowing hit its highest level on record for that month but was still lower than forecast, according to figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics.
London stocks were set to edge higher at the open on Friday following losses in the previous session, as investors digest the latest UK retail sales and borrowing data.
The fashion chains Peacocks, Jaeger, Austin Reed and Jacques Vert have collapsed into administration, putting nearly 4,800 jobs at risk. The retailers are all part of entrepreneur Philip Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group (EWM), which warned last month it was on the brink of collapse. The Cardiff-based budget fashion chain Peacocks, which Albert Peacock founded as a penny bazaar in Warrington, Cheshire, in 1884, employs 4,369 staff across its 423 stores. - Guardian.