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16 May
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Balfour Beatty on track to meet expectations

Balfour Beatty confirmed it was performing in line with expectations in a trading update on Thursday, as its shareholders gathered for its annual general meeting.

16 May
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GVC sees £15m of extra cost savings in 2020

GVC Holdings said it would save an extra £15m of costs in 2020 as the company's integration of Ladbrokes Coral went quicker than expected.

16 May
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Yu Group soars after FCA scraps investigation

Yu Group shares jumped by two-thirds after the energy supplier said the City regulator had scrapped its investigation into the company.

16 May
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Anglo American gets approval for diamond recovery vessel

Miner Anglo American confirmed on Thursday that De Beers and the Government of the Republic of Namibia have approved the construction of its custom-built diamond recovery vessel.

16 May
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Ergomed sees FY earnings 'materially ahead' of market expectations

Ergomed said on Thursday that full-year revenue and earnings are set to be "materially" ahead of current market expectations following strong trading year-to-date.

16 May
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Bakkavor sweetens its offering with dessert business acquisition

Bakkavor said on Thursday that it has agreed to buy desserts business Blueberry Foods from Samworth Brothers Limited for an undisclosed sum.

16 May
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Safestyle warns on profits amid slow margin recovery

AIM-listed windows and doors retailer Safestyle warned on Thursday that full-year profit will be below current market expectations as margins have been slower to recover, while costs also weigh.

16 May
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National Grid earnings fall as it sees 'strong' growth in assets

National Grid reported a 2% fall in its underlying operating profit to £3. 4bn in its full-year results on Thursday, or 4% at constant currency, explaining that it reflected the expected return of Avonmouth allowances and US tax reform, partially offset by higher property profit and favourable US legal settlements.

16 May
Euromoney pre-tax interims slump; underlying earnings solid

Euromoney Institutional Investor said interim pre-tax profits fell 59%to £49. 3m due to a gain on the sale of its Dealogic stake in 2017 that lifted the previous year's figures.

16 May
Investec asset management demerger on track as operating profit rises

Investec posted a 9. 4% jump in full-year adjusted operating profit on Thursday as it said the demerger of the asset management business was on track.

16 May
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3i cautious as it posts 18% annual total return

3i said it was cautious about market conditions as the investment company reported a total return of 18% for last year.

16 May
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Europe open: Shares lower as Trump blacklists Huawei

European shares opened lower on Thursday as US President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency and blacklist China telecoms giant Huawei weighed on sentiment.

16 May
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London open: Stocks fall as investors eye Trump's latest move, ex-dividends weigh

London stocks fell in early trade on Thursday as investors digested news that US President Trump has declared a national emergency to protect US computer networks from "foreign adversaries" - a move widely seen as targeting China’s Huawei.

16 May
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Hill & Smith says trading ahead of last year

Road safety barrier maker Hill & Smith Holdings said trading in the first four months of 2019 was ahead of last year despite a “cautious” investment environment.

16 May
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Burberry profit flat as cost cuts offset revenue fall

Burberry's underlying profit was unchanged last year as cost cuts offset a decline in revenue at the luxury clothing brand.

16 May
Just Group new business sales drop 55% in Q1

Just Group reported a drop in first-quarter new business sales on Thursday as retirement income fell and the pension provider said it was planning to shut its loss-making US operations.

16 May
Countryside Properties posts profit rise, hikes dividend

Countryside Properties posted a rise in half-year profit on Thursday as completions and revenue rose and the home builder said it was on track to deliver volume and margin expectations for the full year.

16 May
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Lloyds Bank to pay quarterly dividends amid row over CEO pension

Lloyds on Thursday said it would start to pay quarterly dividends to its 2. 4m shareholders from June 2020 amid a row over executive pensions at Britain's largest retail bank.

16 May
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Micro Focus maintains interim guidance as it carries out return of value

Micro Focus International updated the market on the six months ended 30 April on Thursday, saying that it expected to report interim results in line with the management guidance it gave in its preliminary results on February, on a constant currency basis.

16 May
Lloyds Bank to pay quarterly dividends, Countryside sees half-year profits rise

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open four points lower on Thursday, having closed up 0. 76% at 7,296. 95 on Wednesday.