Talks between lawyers for ex-UBS investment bank boss Andrea Orcel and Santander remain deadlocked following Orcel’s request to be reinstated as the Spanish lender's chief executive officer - a demand which looks very unlikely to be met.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity cut their target price for shares of Whitbread to reflect tougher regional trading on the back of weaker business travel and the implementation of IFRS 16m, although he added that a "clear" Brexit result after the general elections could "be the catalyst for a rapid recovery in trading in the 2021 financial year".
Heineken ditched single-use plastic rings and shrink wrap from millions of multipack cans and will be replacing them with cardboard in its latest move to combat plastic pollution.
London stocks finished just above the waterline on Thursday, after the Bank of England kept interest rates on hold but with two dissenters, and a session which saw investors wading through a tsunami of corporate news and welcomed signs of progress in US-China trade relations.
Stocks across the Continent extended their recent gains following reports that the US and China had agreed to begin rolling back previously-imposed trade tariffs as part of a phase one trade deal.
SCS Group revealed on Thursday that Parlour Products, a company in which non-executive director Paul Daccus held an interest, had sold 6. 25m ordinary shares in the London-listed home furnishings retailer.
Markets' focus at the end of the week will be squarely on the latest foreign trade data out of the People's Republic of China.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their rating on energy company SSE from 'buy' to 'hold' on Thursday, stating the group's transition was now priced in.
Medical imaging technology company Polarean Imaging, which has a proprietary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) drug-device combination, announced on Thursday that the enrolment for its phase 3 non-inferiority clinical trials was now complete for both the lung transplant pathway and the lung resection pathway.
Property franchise company Belvoir Group updated the market on progress in its financial services division on Thursday, and announced a new exclusivity agreement with Dacre, Son & Hartley - one of the north of England's largest independent estate agents.
Oxford Metrics' subsidiary Vicon on Thursday signed a contract to provide its inertial tracking solution to Red Bull for use by athletes at its Austrian Diagnostics and Training Centre.
US stocks opened higher on Thursday as Beijing and Washington agreed to roll back tariffs on each other's goods as part of an effort to secure a phase-one trade deal.
London's second-tier was 1. 09% higher at 20,436. 50 in afternoon trade on Thursday, with IMI leading the index lower.
Insurance and reinsurance outfit Lancashire Holdings reported a 14% bump in gross premiums written during the first nine months of the trading year - a trend it expects to see continue into 2020.
Integumen announced on Thursday that its Labskin subsidiary has signed agreements with two new, and one existing, top 20 global cosmetic company clients for microbiome research and development services.
Hydrogen power technology company AFC Energy released a status update on its development of a high-current density alkaline fuel cell, branded ;HydroX-Cell(S)’, on Thursday.
Hiscox released a statement on Thursday to clarify what it said in its third-quarter update earlier in the week about its medium-term combined ratio target.
The Bank of England held off from any policy changes at its meeting on Thursday, but two members of its Monetary Policy Committee unexpectedly broke ranks and voted for a cut in Bank Rate, although they were outnumbered by their peers.
RSA Insurance reported flat net written premiums for the year to date on Thursday but said underwriting profit was up "strongly".
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% in afternoon trade on Thursday as investors sifted through a deluge of corporate news, with sentiment underpinned by optimism over a China-US trade deal.