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EasyJet gets a rise as losses drop sharply
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EasyJet gets a rise as losses drop sharply

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Budget airline EasyJet (LON:EZJ) narrowed losses over the six months ended 31st March to £18 million, helped by rival operators’ reduced capacity and the Easter period being partially within the half-year. Passenger numbers were up by 3 million to 36.8 million, leading to a 19% increase in total revenues, which climbed to £2.18 billion. Part of…

UK Labour Market strengthens during Q1 2018

UK Labour Market strengthens during Q1 2018

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The UK employment rate hit its highest level since records began in 1971 during the 1st quarter of 2018 according to the ONS, with 75.6% of the working age population having a job. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%, which was 40 basis points lower than the year earlier. However, this expansion in employment coupled…

IWG shares continue to climb on takeover speculation

IWG shares continue to climb on takeover speculation

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Shares in office space provider IWG (LON:IWG) have continued to rise today following the company’s confirmation on Friday evening that it had recently received separate takeover approaches from three firms. Management said that shareholders would be updated about any further developments in due course. At this time, there is no guarantee that any offers will be…

Call-out costs dent Centrica’s first-half earnings

Call-out costs dent Centrica’s first-half earnings

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FTSE 100 power outfit Centrica (LON:CNA) benefited from increased energy demand during the recent cold weather. The weather also had negatives for the firm, however, with call-outs at record levels due to the cold, which will have a knock-on effect in operating costs and profits for the first half of the year. Additionally, poor oil…

Canadian miner Strongbow to list on AIM

Canadian miner Strongbow to list on AIM

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Canadian small-cap miner Strongbow has announced that it intends to float on the AIM market in June of this year. The company will also maintain its Toronto listing in the immediate future. The decision was driven by the changing state of the tin market and the possibility that the South Crofty site in Cornwall, which…

Troubled Mothercare confirms rumours
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Troubled Mothercare confirms rumours

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Mothercare (LON:MTC) has responded to recent media speculation by announcing that it is finalising a restructuring and refinancing package. The details of the schemes will be announced later this week along with the company’s final results for the last year. The firm said that steps to be taken will include a new underwritten equity issue…

Barclays CEO fined £642,000 by UK regulators
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Barclays CEO fined £642,000 by UK regulators

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Jes Staley, Group CEO at Barclays (LON:BARC) has been fined a combined £642,000 by the FCA and PRA for attempting to identify an anonymous whistle-blower in 2016. Two letters had been sent to the Bank’s board raising concerns about a senior colleague and Mr Staley was judged to have acted in breach of regulations in…

Zoopla owner ZPG sold to US private equity firm

Zoopla owner ZPG sold to US private equity firm

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A busy week of buyouts has finished with the management at ZPG (LON:ZPG), formerly known as Zoopla Property Group, recommending an offer from private equity outfit Silver Lake. An all-cash bid of £2.2 billion has been made by the US-based technology specialist for ZPG, which owns not only the eponymous property platform but also PrimeLocation…