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Prices in UK stores rose at their fastest pace for more than a decade in April as high energy prices and the war in Ukraine pushed up costs for suppliers and retailers, an industry survey showed.
BNP Paribas outperformed expectations in the first quarter as busy trading at its investment banking business helped fuel a 19% increase in profit at the French bank.
McColl's Retail said it would miss the deadline for publishing its annual results at the end of May and that it expected to suspend its shares from 1 June.
Plus500 said it performed very well against its main targets so far in the current financial year and had made more progress against its strategic goals.
Avast said it expected annual revenue to slow and margins to be squeezed amid a "challenging global backdrop".
Unilever warned about rising costs as the consumer goods group reported higher first-quarter sales driven by price increases.
Barclays delayed its £1bn share buyback further as a £523m conduct charge caused the bank's first-quarter profit to fall.
Hays said it would buy back £75m of its own shares as part of its policy of returning excess cash to shareholders.
Glencore's trading business boomed in the first quarter as the war in Ukraine caused shortages of some commodities and volatile markets.
The UK government borrowed less than expected in March and the estimate of borrowing for the rest of the past financial year was revised down, official figures showed.
Cake Box said annual profit would meet market expectations after a strong second half to the year for the dessert maker.
Pearson said its contract to manage Arizona State University's online study programme would end in June 2023 and said the effect on profit would be modest.
Chill Brands has promoted its international brand director, Callum Sommerton, to chief executive, replacing the tobacco alternative products group's joint CEOs.
WH Smith has suspended orders at its Funky Pigeon operation after the online card and gift retailer was hit by a cyber attack.
JTC increased its dividend and was upbeat about the outlook as the asset manager reported a 24% increase in underlying annual profit.
Standard Chartered is quitting six African countries and shutting its consumer banking businesses in a further two to concentrate on more profitable markets.
Hurricane Energy said production was near the higher end of guidance in the past six months and that the estimate for reserves at its Lancaster field had increased.
Dunelm said annual profit would match market expectations after a strong third quarter for the homewares retailer.
Norcros said it expected record annual profit ahead of expectations after strong trading continued in the later stages of its financial year.
Renold said annual profit would be significantly higher than expectations, boosted by record orders and price increases at the. industrial products group.