Alison Bloomer

Alison Bloomer has written on finance, insurance and pensions for various trade publications and was former Managing Editor of Insurance Times. She was launch editor of the Top 50 UK Insurers and Brokers reports produced in association with S&P Global Data Market Intelligence.


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Tesco launches tender offer for loan notes

Tesco has announced an invitation to holders of its outstanding €1.25bn worth of its loan notes due in 2019, as well as £2.65bn worth of its sterling denominated notes due between 2019 and 2057.

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BlackBerry's shares drop after another top executive walks

US-listed shares for Blackberry fell almost 4% to $11.12 on Monday after a second senior executive from its licensing unit quit this month.

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Sales down for UK’s restaurant and bar groups with London hit hardest

Restaurants in London saw a 3.2% drop in collective like-for-like sales compared to September last year as the public seem to be spending less on eating out.

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Daimler announces new structural change due to challenging environment

Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, has announced plans today to strengthen the corporate structure of the company so as to “evolve and adapt to rapidly changing surroundings.”

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Lufthansa is poised to buy assets of ailing Alitalia

German airline Lufthansa has offered €500m to acquire the planes, airport runway slots and air crew of Italy's ailing national carrier Alitalia

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House prices rise with a new north-south divide

House prices have jumped 1.1% according to the latest house price index from Rightmove, but ‘top of the ladder’ homes are still seeing the effects of the market slowdown.

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Palladium price highest since 2001

Palladium prices jumped over $1,000 an ounce for the first time today as the metal remains one of this year’s best performing commodities

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Sky reports strong start to the year

Sky has reported a 5% increase in like-for-like revenue to £3.3bn in a first quarter update after adding 51% more customers. It attributed the boost to the hype around smash hit series Game of Thrones.

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Retailers face higher costs after Brexit, BRC warns

Higher retail employment costs after Brexit will hit consumers in their wallets, according to a new report out today from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Greggs posts sales growth despite continued ingredient cost pressures

Baked goods retailer Greggs has reported a 8.6% rise in total sales in its third quarter results for the 13 weeks to 30 September 2017 following a breakfast-time boost.

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How much cash does a stock market trader need to quit?

A stock market trader has more chance of securing enough cash to ditch the day job than a National Lottery ticket holder. But how much is enough?

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Vodafone Portugal signs new network agreement with NOS

Vodafone Portugal has signed a deal with NOS to share deployment for a new fibre-to-the-home network for over 2.6 million homes.

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Both Dow and S&P are set for eighth quarterly gain

The S&P looks set to obtain its eighth quarterly gain in a row hitting a record intraday high of 2,519.36. This is its sixth straight monthly rise and longest winning streak since May 2013.

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Where now for outsourcing giant Carillion after disappointing results?

Problems for crisis-hit construction outsourcing group Carillion were compounded this morning when it posted a “disappointing” set of first-half results.

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Carillion shares soar by nearly 20% as take-over rumours grow

Construction and outsourcing group Carillion saw shares surge by almost 20% this morning as speculation grew around a take-over bid with a Middle East construction company.

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Close Brothers reports 13% rise in profits

Merchant bankers Close Brothers posted a 13% rise in full-year pre-tax profits today that the group credited to underwriting discipline combined with investment into new products and markets.

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L'Oréal stock rises after death of Bettencourt

Beauty giant L’Oréal saw its shares rise this morning following the death of billionaire majority stakeholder Liliane Bettencourt.

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Ocado shares slide despite reporting strong growth

Online supermarket group Ocado has reported a strong quarter of revenue growth in its trading statement for the 13 weeks to 27 August 2017.

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Interserve shares plummet after fresh profit warning

Outsourcing company Interserve saw shares almost halve this morning with an unexpected announcement that its outturn would be “significantly below previous forecasts”.

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Stocks rise as US employment slows more than expected

All three major indexes have posted gains for the second straight week, despite volume remaining light with a Labor Day weekend looming.

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