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Exploring the High Street Crisis

31st July 2018

It’s clear that the UK’s high street is in crisis. If, as an investor, you were looking to put some money in a sector with reasonable medium term earning potential then the high street would not be that place. Maplin, Toys R Us and Poundworld have all collapsed recently. House of Fraser and New Look are trying to shore up their finances, and Jamie’s Italian and Prezzo are plotting store closures. ... Read More

Debenhams Denying Cash Crunch

30th July 2018

High street retailer Debenhams is denying reports that it is experiencing a cash crunch. The company says that its cash position is healthy, in spite of reports that some insurers had reduced cash cover for the retailer’s suppliers. ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson in Talc Cancer Case

27th July 2018

Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay out £3.6 billion to 22 women, in a talc asbestos cancer case. The company claims that decades of studies, including some conducted by the US FDA, have found that its talc-based products are safe. ... Read More

FTSE Slips on New Trade War Fears

25th July 2018

The FTSE 100 fell by 100.08 points as trade tensions continued to weigh heavily on the markets. The US has threatened to put tariffs on 200 billion US dollars worth of goods from China. The country has already added 25% duties on 34 billion US dollars worth of Chinese imports. China has responded to this move by increasing taxes on a similar amount of US imports. ... Read More

Ryanair Facing Industrial Action

24th July 2018

Michael O’Leary is not a popular figure in tourism, with many consumers griping about Ryanair’s policies. However, the company has done a good job of being reliable, and the combination of reliability and low costs is enough to keep tourists bookng with them. ... Read More

FTSE Edges Higher as House Price Growth Eases

20th July 2018

House price growth in the UK is suck in an awkward dance, according to Jonathan Hopper, the managing director of Garrington Property Finders. The news of slowing growth in house prices led to the FTSE 100 getting off to a muted, but still positive start. The UKs leading index gained 12 points, up to 7,615 as US and Chinese trade tariffs started to take effect. ... Read More

Barclays Planning to Move Jobs to Frankfurt

20th July 2018

Major banking company Barclays is planning to move between 40 and 50 of its London based investment banking roles to Frankfurt in the run up to Brexit, as a part of a shift in its operations. ... Read More

FCA Investigating Claims of Insider Trading at Carillion

9th July 2018

The FCA is looking into claims of potential insider trading at Carillion. The construction company went into liquidation after banks refused to led the company any more money. The revelation about potential insider trading was made in correspondence sent to the chair of the work and pensions committee. ... Read More

FTSE 100 Opens Weakly

9th July 2018

The FTSE 100 fell by 16 points after the opening bell, reversing the gains that had been seen during the previous trading session. The UK’s leading index tracked losses on Wall Street and in most Asian indices, with uncertainty over Trump’s plans to limit Chinese investments dominating the headlines. ... Read More

FTSE On Track for Best Quarter Since 2010

9th July 2018

The FTSE 100 is on track for its strongest quarter since 2010. Strength in commodities stocks and banks helped to boost the index, as fears over the global trade situation eased. If the trend continues, then the UK’s leading index will enjoy its best quarter in almost eight years. ... Read More

Firms Criticised for Lack of Females in the Boardroom

9th July 2018

FTSE 350 companies are falling short of their targets for female appointments in the boardroom. For them to meet the 2020 government-backed targets they will have to make more than 40% of their appointments over the next two years go to women. ... Read More

Pound Struggles as Trade Worries Resurface

9th July 2018

The pound fell by 0.3 percent against the dollar shortly after trade opened this morning. European stocks also declined, mirroring weakness in Asia, as there were growing fears of punitive trade tariffs. The UK’s leading index fell by 64 points, or 0.9 percent, with miners being some of the worst affected. ... Read More

Barclays - The Bank that Lived a Little

9th July 2018

For decades, lending and banking were quite simple businesses. In the 90s, a lot changed and there were so many new forms of short-term trading. Swaps, futures, options and derivatives started to dominate the banking scene. The extra money from these things allowed the banks to go wild with loans for a while, but that wasn’t to last forever. ... Read More

FTSE Holds Gains as Carney Confident in Economy

9th July 2018

The FTSE 100 got off to a strong start this morning, gaining 38 points during the early hours of trading, after the Bank of England governor Mark Carney said that he was confident that the UK’s economy could bounce back. ... Read More

Costa Sales Fall By Two Percent

8th July 2018

Costa coffee has seen a fall of two percent in like-for-like sales over the first three months of the year. The company says that UK sales growth is up by 5.2 percent, thanks to new store openings, however a lack of shoppers on the high street has led to a fall in shopping interest. ... Read More

FTSE Gains 46 Points

8th July 2018

The FTSE 100 ended the day up by 46 points, boosted by the weak pound and by a strong performance from Carnival Corp, whose shares increased as the company bounced back from a poor performance at the start of the weak. The FTSE 100 is now sitting at 7,555. ... Read More

Grocery Watchdog Criticises Asda

6th July 2018

Out of the big four supermarkets, Asda treats suppliers the worst, according to the UK’s grocery watchdog. ... Read More

Sainsburys and Asda May Have to Close 73 Shops

5th July 2018

The proposed Sainsbury’s - Asda merger may mean that at least 73 supermarkets could be required to close, in order for the Competition and Markets Authority to approve the deal. The new supermarket group would have the greatest market share in the UK, and the CMA is scrutinising the terms of the deal heavily. ... Read More

FTSE Ends With Weekly Gain

4th July 2018

The UK’s leading index bounced back on Friday, ending the week on a high, as oil majors were boosted by the OPEC deal to raise output. The deal helped to soothe fears over a trade war, and also raised the question of whether an interest rate hike would now be coming in August. ... Read More

August Interest Rate Rise Could Be Getting Closer

2nd July 2018

The Bank of England has held interest rates once again, but did signal that a rate increase in August is more likely than was previously predicted. ... Read More

Oil Traders Warn Opec Against Raising Outputs Too Quickly

1st July 2018

Oil trader Pierre Andurand has warned Opec members against raising oil outputs too quickly, pointing to low spare capacity to deal with any potential unexpected outages in the supply chain. ... Read More

Supermarkets Warn Of Sainsbury’s - Asda Domination

29th June 2018

Major supermarket chains and suppliers have issued a warning to the competition watchdog that if Sainsbury’s and Asda tie up together then this could reduce choice for consumers and increase prices at the checkouts. ... Read More

Brexit Woes Hamper Shares

22nd June 2018

The FTSE 100 ended the week down slightly, marking its third straight week of declines, as there were concerns about the ongoing Brexit negotiations. ... Read More

Sainsbury’s Boss Criticised for Pay Rise

22nd June 2018

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe is facing criticism after taking a £1 million pay rise, while staff have been stripped of their benefits. The CEO will enjoy a pay package of £3.4 million, up from the previous year’s £2.4 million, while staff are being forced to “work well for less”. ... Read More

Firms to Be Asked to Justify Pay Gaps

22nd June 2018

Large firms will soon be required to publish the pay gaps between their chief executives and their average workers, under some new proposed legislation. UK-listed companies that have more than 250 staff will be required to publish an annual report into their pay ratios, and to explain the gap between executive and worker pay. ... Read More

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