Brian Bollen

Brian Bollen has written on international institutional finance, from corporate and M&A to the back-office functions of custody and settlement. He cut his teeth on a FT newsletter covering the international syndicated loan and capital markets and edited FT Mergers & Acquisitions International.


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Purchasing managers' index shows eurozone momentum

The eurozone economy ended the third quarter on a strong note, according to the latest Purchasing Managers' Index figures from data specialist IHS Markit. Growth in business activity picked up to its highest since May.

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CRH agrees deal to buy Kansas-based Ash Grove Cement

Ireland-based CRH plc, the international building materials group, has this morning reported that it has reached an agreement to acquire Ash Grove Cement Company. Total consideration is US$3.5bn

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ONS reports UK retail sales rise in both volume and value

Retail sales rose in the UK in August, both in volume and value, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning.

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German economic sentiment indicator down

The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany published this morning fell considerably by 7.5 points in August 2017. It now stands at 10.0 points.

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Missing debt mountains: a 'What if?' poser from the BIS

More than US$10.7tn of debt globally is not being recorded on any balance sheet anywhere, according to a just-published paper from the Bank for International Settlements

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Paris-based Chinese-owned luxury goods group SMCP in IPO

Paris-based Chinese-owned luxury goods group SMCP has this morning confirmed that it plans to list on the French stock exchange, Euronext Paris.

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Hurricane Harvey hits US industrial production says Fed

US industrial production fell by 0.9 percent in August after a run of six monthly gains in succession. Figures just released by the US Federal Reserve show that Hurricane Harvey is estimated to have reduced the rate of change in total output by around 3/4 of a percentage point.

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No banknotes or coins: is a cashless society likely?

A cashless society has been a staple of human thinking for millennia. The Garden of Eden was a cashless society. H G Wells portrayed a cashless society in The Time Machine.

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Morrisons supermarket group reports profits rise

Supermarket giant Morrisons has reported post-tax profits of £135m for the first six months of its fiscal year ending 30 July 2017. This represents an increase of £17m on the corresponding period a year earlier.

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It's not the US market, stupid

It's not the US market, stupid, is the eye-catching headline on the just-published September Bank of America Merrill Lynch global fund manager survey.

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Equipment rental specialist Ashtead to profit from hurricanes

It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. The truth of that proverb is already beginning to be appreciated in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose in the US and the Caribbean.

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Outlook continues to brighten for Associated British Foods

The financial outlook is continuing to brighten for Associated British Foods, the UK-based multinational food processing and retailing company. The company points in particular to sustained improvements in performance at its specialist retail division Primark

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UK production rose by 0.3% in the quarter to July

Industrial production in the UK rose by 0.3% in the three months to July 2017, according to figures published this morning by the Office for National Statistics. The ONS says this was due mainly to a rise of 2.2% in mining and quarrying.

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Unchanged ECB key interest rate of little surprise

The European Central Bank's decision to leave interest rates unchanged came as little surprise.

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Eurozone retail sales dip by 0.3% in July

The volume of eurozone retail sales dipped by 0.3% in July compared with a month earlier on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to figures from Eurostat

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Dublin's C&C takes minority investment in Admiral Taverns

Dublin-based drinks maker C&C Group plc is joining forces with privately held Proprium Capital Partners and the management of pub operator Admiral Taverns in a management buyout.

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Eurozone manufacturing growth remains strong

The final eurozone manufacturing purchasing managers index came in at 57.4 in August, according to figures published this morning by data specialist IHS Markit.

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Bank of England MPC member Saunders explains hawkishness

Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, is planning to explain the reasons for his recent hawkish tendencies on raising interest rates.

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UK gambling industry hogs the morning headlines

The UK gambling industry is hogging the headlines this morning. The Ladbrokes Coral half-year results largely accentuates the positive. The £7.8m fine imposed on 888 by the Gambling Commission undoubtedly accentuates the negative.

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Bank of England monetary data show UK economy slipping

The monetary statistics just released by the Bank of England this morning provide further ammunition for those who argue that the UK economy is slipping out of forward gear. Broad money fell by £0.8bn in July.

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