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London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 5% at 21,041. 20 in afternoon trade on Friday.
London’s FTSE was up 0. 3% at 6,636. 74 in afternoon trade on Friday.
Kingspan, the Irish building materials group whose insulation materials were used as part of the cladding on Grenfell Tower, outlined changes to its Insulation Boards business practices as it reported an uptick in full-year trading profit.
London stocks were steady by midday on Friday as investors weighed up disappointing retail sales data against more encouraging business activity figures.
Business activity in the UK stabilised in February following a collapse at the start of the year, according to a flash reading released on Friday.
Sterling breached the $1. 40 level on Friday for the first time since April 2018, despite the release of disappointing UK retail sales data, with analysts pointing to optimism over the vaccine rollout.
Idox shares surged on Friday after the management software provider said it is in talks with Dye & Durham about a possible acquisition.
London stocks nudged lower in early trade on Friday as investors mulled disappointing retail sales data, and full-year results from NatWest.
Assura has bought primary care developer Apollo for an undisclosed sum.
Private equity firm Carlyle has decided not to make a firm offer for aviation services company Signature Aviation.
London stocks were set for a slightly weaker open on Friday as investors mulled the latest retail sales data and results from NatWest.
The government has been accused of dragging its heels on promised reforms to zero-hours contracts and the gig economy as legislation to protect workers faces serious delays. New legislation intended to bolster protections for Britain’s most vulnerable workers will not be ready until the end of the year at the earliest, raising fresh questions about the government’s promise to protect workers’ rights after Brexit. - Guardian.