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Marks & Spencer’s profits plunge

Renowned UK retail giant Marks & Spencer pays costs of store closures but maintains the dividend. The company says start of its transformation plan is “well under way”.

Dan Atkinson

Shares down after Sainsbury hails “return to growth”

Full-year figures from British retailer Sainsbury fail to cheer investors. Its next hurdle is to persuade competition authorities to allow a £15 billion merger with rival Asda.

Dan Atkinson

Unilever shares fall despite solid start to the year

First-quarter figures for global consumer giant Unilever show sales up but prices flat. Investors marked the shares down despite upbeat talk from the chief executive.

Dan Atkinson

AA shares cheered by 41 per cent profit jump

Britain’s biggest motoring organisation slashes its dividend as it steps up investment. New chief executive puts boardroom turbulence of last year behind the AA.

Dan Atkinson

Tesco bounces back with full-year profit surge

UK-based retail giant Tesco pays first end-year dividend in four years after 12 months of “strong progress”. Underlying operating profits rose 28.4 per cent in the year to February 24.

Dan Atkinson
Wall Street sign

US update: Market rally, techs lead, General Mills in $8bn deal for Blue Buffalo

Stock prices advanced broadly on Friday as investors stepped up their buying shrugging off recent interest rate and inflation worries.

Claire Hunte
Daimler

Geely owner acquires 10% stake in Daimler

Li Shufu, the principal owner of Chinese auto group Zhejiang Geely, has purchased a 10% stake in automaker Daimler.

James Hester
VW

VW shares slip on mixed outlook

Volkswagen shares slipped 0.8% on Friday after the company warned profits could be hit this year due to rising investment in electric cars and new product launches.

James Hester
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PM update: IAG and RBS shares slump, VW profits climb, US shares up

There was little cheer from the FTSE 100 earlier, sinking -0.30% as IAG shares lost altitude, down -5.5%.

Adrian Holliday
Mini

BMW to build all-new electric Mini in China

BMW is set to build an all-new electric Mini in China in a new joint venture with Chinese company Great Wall.

Richard Reed
General Mills

General Mills to buy Blue Buffalo in $8bn deal

US-based food group General Mills is to acquire luxury dog food maker Blue Buffalo Pet Products in an $8bn deal.

James Hester
Tesla

Tesla’s electric trucks could soon pay off, says DHL

Tesla’s electric trucks could soon pay off, according to German juggernaut Deutsche Post DHL – the world’s biggest logistics company.

Richard Reed
BlackRock

BlackRock quizzes gun firms after shooting

Investment giant BlackRock has said it will be “engaging with weapons manufacturers and distributors to understand their response to recent events”.

Richard Reed
Building site

Persimmon bosses take £51m bonus cuts after shareholder revolt

Bosses at UK house-builder Persimmon are to take cuts to their bonuses worth £51m after criticism from shareholders.

Richard Reed
Standard Life Aberdeen logo

Standard Life Aberdeen sells insurance business to Phoenix

Standard Life Aberdeen, the newly merged fund management business, is to sell its insurance arm to Phoenix Group in a £3.2bn deal.

Richard Reed