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Eurozone business activity picks up in August but still muted

Business activity in the eurozone picked up in August but was still muted as the manufacturing sector remained in contraction territory, according to preliminary figures released on Thursday.

GlaxoSmithKline upbeat on latest test results from ViiV Healthcare

GlaxoSmithKline reported on Thursday that its specialist HIV company ViiV Healthcare had announced positive headline results from its phase 3 ‘ATLAS-2M’ study of the investigational, long-acting, injectable, two-drug regimen (2DR) of its cabotegravir and Janssen's rilpivirine for the treatment of HIV.

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Laura Ashley swings to loss as home furnishings division struggles

Laura Ashley said on Thursday that it swung to a full-year loss as sales fell amid weakness in the home furnishings business.

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London open: Stocks edge lower after Fed minutes; NMC Health surges

London stocks edged lower in early trade on Thursday as investors mulled over the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting, but NMC Health bucked the trend on deal news.

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Ocado says 'small fire' at Erith customer fulfilment centre now extinguished

Online supermarket Ocado said on Thursday that a "small fire" reported at its customer fulfilment centre in Erith, southeast London on Wednesday evening has now been extinguished.

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Rank Group annual profit drops, new chair appointed

FTSE 250 gambling company Rank Group posted a drop in full-year profit on Thursday but sounded an optimistic note about the outlook, as it appointed non-executive director Alex Thursby as its new chair.

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Antofagasta profit rises as higher copper sales offset lower prices

Chilean copper miner Antofagasta reported a rise in first-half profit on Wednesday as higher copper sales volumes helped to offset lower prices.

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CRH posts record H1 earnings amid solid demand in Europe, N America

Building materials group CRH posted record first-half earnings on Thursday and said it expects to buy back a further €350m in shares by the end of the year.

Revenue and earnings rise at CRH, NMC Health on track for full-year forecasts

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open 18 points lower on Thursday, having closed up 1. 11% at 7,203. 97 on Wednesday.

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London pre-open: Stocks seen lower as investors mull Fed minutes

London stocks were set for a downbeat open on Thursday as investors mulled over the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting and looked ahead to the Jackson Hole symposium.

Thursday newspaper round-up: Macron, Tesco, Greene King, Ferguson

Emmanuel Macron will hold a friendly but “frank” working lunch with Boris Johnson on Thursday after dismissing his request to renegotiate the Brexit withdrawal agreement and scrap the Irish backstop as “not an option”. The French president told reporters on Wednesday night that there was a “British democratic crisis” over Brexit and he was seeking “clarification” from Johnson on his proposals as the 31 October exit date approaches. – Guardian.

21 Aug
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US close: Stocks hold gains following Fed minutes

Wall Street stocks closed higher on Wednesday as investors digested some solid figures from major retailers and minutes from the last meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee to be published.

21 Aug
Brent edges higher following weekly DoE data

US oil stockpiles fell by more than expected last week on the back of a sharp drop in net imports.

21 Aug
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Thursday preview: ECB minutes, Premier Oil in focus

Markets' attention on Thursday will flip remain firmly on Europe - barring surprises.

21 Aug
Commodities: Energy futures mixed despite stock draw in the States

Commodity prices were edging higher in the middle of the week, buoyed by data showing a larger than expected drop in US crude oil inventories and an improved risk appetite in financial markets.

21 Aug
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FX round-up: Pound dips as 'no-deal' Brexit risks rise

Sterling drifted slightly lower on Wednesday following the release of data showing a narrower than expected fiscal surplus for July as the government ramped up its Brexit preparations.

21 Aug
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Europe close: Stocks jump on optimism ahead of Italian coalition talks

Stocks across the Continent bounced back on Wednesday amid reports of possible progress on crafting a new government coalition in Italy which would avoid having to call fresh elections.

21 Aug
London close: Stocks boosted by weak pound ahead of Fed minutes

London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, helped by a weaker pound as investors eyed minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting which were due out later in the day.

21 Aug
Facebook's Libra under investigation in EU antitrust probe

European Union antitrust regulators have kicked off a probe on Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra project reported Bloomberg.

21 Aug
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Director dealings: Hollywood Bowl director lowers stake

Hollywood Bowl revealed on Wednesday that chief marketing and technology officer Matthew Hart had disposed of 238,000 ordinary shares in the London-listed group.