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Europe open: Shares fall on Evergrande woes as Nel bucks trend

European shares opening lower on Thursday as the spectre of China Evergrande's debt mountain resurfaced to spook investors while cost inflation worries continued to hit sentiment.

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Spectris order book and sales grow in Q3

Instrumentation company Spectris said on Thursday that it had put on a "solid" third-quarter trading performance, underpinning its full-year guidance and providing momentum into 2022.

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Moonpig shares slump after placing

Online greeting cards retailer Moonpig slumped on Thursday after shareholders placed 30m shares, or a stake of around 8. 8%, in the company.

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Provident Financial eyes dividend as trading improves

Provident Financial said it was considering paying out 30% of profit as dividends if economic conditions continue to improve.

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AJ Bell assets under management rise as customer numbers grow

Investment platform AJ Bell posted a jump in full-year assets under administration on Thursday as customer numbers grew.

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Babcock revenues rise as Frazer-Nash sale completed

British defence company Babcock International maintained annual guidance as it reported a rise in first half revenues.

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London pre-open: Stocks seen lower amid concerns about Evergrande

London stocks were set to fall at the open on Thursday amid concerns about Chinese property group Evergrande.

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Diamonds and iron ore lead production uplifts at Anglo American

Anglo American reported a 28% improvement in rough diamond production in the third quarter on Thursday, primarily from the Jwaneng and Venetia mines, which the board said reflected planned higher production in response to the ongoing recovery in consumer demand, led by the key United States and China markets.

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Renishaw Q1 pre-tax profits surge on improved revenues

Engineering company Renishaw said on Thursday that group revenues and profits had grown in the first quarter of its current trading year thanks to improving global macroeconomic conditions over the last twelve months.

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Vivo Energy to exceed previous forecasts as it opens more sites

Africa-focussed fuel and lubricant retailer Vivo Energy reported a 4% improvement in gross cash profit year-on-year for its third quarter on Thursday, to $195m (£141. 37m), as strong site openings saw it raise its forecasts.

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Strong US market underpins first quarter growth for Dechra

Dechra Pharmaceuticals described trading in the first quarter of its financial year as “strong” in an update on Thursday.

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UK public borrowing halves in first six months of fiscal year

UK public borrowing fell by almost half in the first six months of the financial year as it continued to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to official data released on Thursday.

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St. James's Place lifts expectations after record third quarter

St. James’s Place reported funds under management of £148. 06bn as at 30 September on Thursday, up from £118. 7bn year-on-year, making for a record third quarter close, as it lifted its expectations for the full year.

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Rentokil revenue rises but disinfection sales plunge

Rentokil Initial's revenue rose in the third quarter as sales of pest control and non-disinfection hygiene services offset a sharp decline in disinfection sales.

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Victrex bolsters green credentials as it joins SBTi

Victrex announced a commitment to the green-focussed ‘Science Based Target initiative’ (SBTi) on Thursday, which it said was in addition to its 2030 ‘carbon net zero’ goal.

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Lancashire expecting losses from Hurricane Ida, storms of up to $185m

Lancashire announced on Thursday that it has exposures to a number of recent natural catastrophe events, including hurricane Ida and the European storms Bernd, Volker and Xero.

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Unilever Q3 sales beat forecasts, warns inflation will continue next year

Unilever on Thursday reported higher-than-expected third quarter underlying sales growth, as it hiked prices in response to cost inflation.

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FirstGroup fully exits North America with $172m Greyhound sale

FirstGroup announced the sale of Greyhound Lines to a wholly-owned subsidiary of FlixMobility on Thursday, completing its stated strategy to focus on its UK public transport businesses.

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China Evergrande shares slump as $2.6bn asset sale collapses

Shares in real estate developer China Evergrande slumped in Hong Kong after the company said a potential sale of its property services unit had collapsed.

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Relx revenue, earnings growth 'above historical trends'

Business information and analytics provider Relx reported underlying revenue growth of 6% in the first nine months of 2021 on Thursday, adding that it expected full-year underlying growth rates in revenue and adjusted operating profit, as well as constant currency growth in adjusted earnings per share, to be above historical trends.