London stocks were a little higher by midday on Thursday as investors waded through a raft of corporate news and eyed the latest policy announcement from the European Central Bank.
Compliance software company Ideagen reported a full-year performance in line with market expectations on Thursday, as total revenue increased 16% to £65. 6m.
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Digital learning and talent management company Learning Technologies said it delivered a “robust performance” in its first half in a trading update on Thursday, in line with management expectations.
Marketing and customer engagement software-as-a-service (SaaS) company Dotdigital reported a 23% improvement in full-year revenue from operations in a trading update on Thursday, to £58. 1m.
The US private equity firm Fortress is looking to take British supermarket Morrisons private by 26 August if it can obtain shareholder backing for its £6. 2bn takeover bid.
UK factory output rose at a joint-record pace in the past three months but worries about shortages of materials and labour were at their highest since the 1970s, a CBI survey showed.
Scientific instrument developer Judges Scientific updated the market on its first half on Thursday, describing it as a “period of recovery”.
Fuel cell and electric hybrid technology company Proton Motor Power announced a further order from E-Trucks Europe on Thursday, for seven ‘HyRange 43’ hydrogen fuel cell systems, to be deployed in refuse collection trucks.
UK soft-drinks maker Britvic reported a rise in third quarter revenues driven by the easing of Covid restrictions and strong “at home” sales.
Medica said trading was positive in the first half as diagnostic services in the UK and Ireland picked up with the easing of the pandemic.
Transport operator Go-Ahead has appointed Christian Schreyer to succeed David Brown as chief executive with effect from November.
Cruise giant Carnival announced on Thursday that AIDA Cruises was expanding its vacation programme further, with new cruises during the fall and winter season of 2021 to 2022.
Riverstone Energy has raised $172m (£125m) by selling its stake in a business operating in the Gulf of Mexico to its joint venture partner.
Flexible office space provider Workspace Group said on Thursday that customer demand was now running at pre-Covid levels, with an average of 947 enquiries per month and 125 lettings per month in the quarter ended 30 June.
The government is to sell off up to 15% of its stake in NatWest Group over the next year, it was announced on Thursday.
Consumer goods conglomerate Unilever reported higher-than-expected underlying sales growth for the second quarter but cut full-year operating margin forecasts due to rising costs.
Residential landlord Grainger said on Thursday that it had achieved a record lease-up for its first build-to-rent development in Southampton.
Self-storage operator Big Yellow reported a 14. 6% improvement in closing occupancy for its first quarter on Thursday, to 4. 49 million square feet, as the maximum lettable area across its store estate grew by 6. 3% to 4. 98 million square feet.
Telecommunications giant Vodafone has handed over €350. 0m to the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation to acquire bandwidth in a recent 5G auction.