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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

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 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

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
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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’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 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
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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
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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
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Apple doubles Apple Pay users – and faces huge EU fine

The number of iPhone owners using Apple Pay has doubled over the past 12 months, according to new estimates.

Richard Reed
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Stocks and dollar struggle for direction, says Centtrip analyst

After a tumultuous week, the stock market, Miles Eakers, chief market analyst at Centtrip says is struggling for direction.

Claire Hunte

Pearson returns to profit in 2017

Pearson, the FTSE 100-listed publishing group, reported full-year profits in line with the top end of its own forecasts on Friday, delivering also an upbeat assessment of its prospects in 2018

Neil Dennis
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Snapchat hit by reality star influence and unpopular redesign

Snapchat has had a long week. Its redesign has been unpopular as 1.2 million users vote for a rollback and on Thursday the company had $1.7bn of share value wiped off after reality star, Kylie Jenner of Kardashian fame and uber Snapchat user, tweeted unfavourable views.

Claire Hunte

British Airways operator reports full-year profit growth

International Consolidated Airlines reported a near 19% rise in full-year operating profit on Friday, thanks to lower non-fuel costs, and increased capacity, while its strong cash position prompted the announcement of a share buyback

Neil Dennis

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