The UK economy grew in April at its fastest monthly pace since July 2020 as lockdown restrictions eased, according to figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics.
Asset management services provider Sanne Group said it was in talks with Cinven after the buyout firm made a new 875p-a-share offer for the firm.
London stocks were set to edge up at the open on Friday as investors digest the latest UK GDP reading.
The French president last night ramped up the pressure on Boris Johnson over the Northern Ireland protocol by insisting “nothing is negotiable” as the G7 summit of world leaders risked being overshadowed by the bitter standoff over Brexit. In a defiant intervention as he prepared to travel to the UK, Emmanuel Macron warned Boris Johnson that France is not open to renegotiating any aspect of the protocol – and even appeared to raise questions about whether the UK could be trusted.
Residential landlord Grainger said it has bought an apartment building in the English city of Newcastle for £57m.
Wall Street stocks closed above the waterline on Thursday, as market participants rifled through a consumer price index that revealed a bigger-than-expected increase in price pressures and a fresh batch of jobless claims data.