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London open: Stocks rise amid signs of slowdown in coronavirus deaths

London stocks rose in early trade on Monday, taking their cue from a positive session in Asia as investors welcomed signs that new coronavirus cases and deaths are slowing.

Biffa execs take pay cut as workers enter Covid-19 furlough scheme

Executives at waste management company Biffa on Monday volunteered to take a 20% paycut as staff started to go on furlough in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

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Smiths Group feels virus effect after solid first half

Smiths Group said trading was increasingly affected by the Covid-19 crisis as the engineering company reported a 6% increase in operating profit.

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Petrofac pulls dividend and guidance, cuts personnel by 20%

Petrofac pulled its final dividend and withdrew its guidance on Monday as it said it was cutting its personnel by 20% and furloughing staff due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bodycote Q1 not 'significantly' impacted by Covid-19; final divi under review

Bodycote said on Monday that first-quarter trading has not been "significantly" impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic but that its proposed final dividend is under review given current uncertainty.

Rolls-Royce pulls dividend, guidance as Covid-19 travel bans bite

Aircraft engine maker Rolls-Royce pulled its dividend and full year guidance as it moved to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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WH Smith confirms equity raise

WH Smith said on Monday that it has secured new lending facilities of £120m that are conditional on raising new equity.

Rolls-Royce pulls dividend, Sage scraps share buyback

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 155 points higher on Monday, having closed down 1. 18% at 5,415. 50 on Friday.

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London pre-open: Stocks seen higher as coronavirus deaths decline

London stocks were set for a positive open on Monday, with traders expected to take heart from a decline in coronavirus deaths.

Monday newspaper round-up: House sales, lockdown cost, intensive care jets

The government has committed to piloting no-interest loans for people on low incomes, but is resisting calls for the support to be accelerated to tackle the coronavirus recession. The coronavirus crisis has prompted concerns that people on low incomes could fall through the gaps in the government’s support, causing them to look to payday lenders and other providers of high-cost credit to pay for essential goods during the lockdown, when they are unable to look for work.

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Sage scraps £250m buyback as Covid-19 hits revenue

Sage Group scrapped its £250m share buyback as the accounting software company predicted the Covid-19 crisis would hit revenue growth in the second half of the financial year.

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Boris Johnson admitted to hospital with coronavirus

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms.

05 Apr
Norway may join OPEC+ in cutting output, Canada will dial into summit

Norway may cut its oil production alongside other major producers if an agreement for a significant combined reduction can be reached.

05 Apr
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Sunday share tips: IWG, Anpario

Co-working is here to stay, but until it becomes clear when the lockdowns in place around the globe will be lifted, International Workplace Group (IWG) is a "stock to watch" not one to buy, the Sunday Times's Sam Chambers said.

05 Apr
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Sunday newspaper round-up: Next, Water giants, NMC Health

Fashion retailers and their suppliers are braced for a massive shake-out of the industry as an estimated £10bn of clothing piles up in warehouses during the coronavirus lockdown. Retail insiders said major firms including Primark, Peacocks, Arcadia and Next had all stopped taking deliveries to their warehouses because they had no more room. Numerous poorer performing retailers, including Debenhams and vintage-inspired retailer Cath Kidston, are on the verge of collapse.

04 Apr
Week ahead: Covid-19 containment, OPEC in focus

The focus over the coming week will be on the success or not of containment measures across the globe.

04 Apr
US close: Stocks slump after grim March non-farm payrolls data

Stocks on Wall Street finished lower on Friday after data revealed that non-farm payrolls collapsed in March, although a rally in crude oil futures helped to stem losses.

03 Apr
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Legal & General says it still intends to pay dividend

Legal & General said on Friday that it will pay a final dividend for 2019 despite a warning from the Bank of England.

03 Apr
Europe close: Moderate losses despite news GDP already falling at 10% pace

Stocks across the Continent finished the week with moderate selling, despite the release of service sector surveys in Italy and Spain both of which printed at record lows, underscoring the sheer magnitude of the hit from the Covid-19 pandemic.

03 Apr
Italy Covid-19 infections continue to slow

The increase in the number of Italians infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to slow.