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(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 equity index ended higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in consumer staples and energy stocks, although a delay in lifting remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England curbed sentiment across the overall market. Dollar-earning consumer staples stocks, including Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser Group, British American Tobacco and Diageo Plc gained between 0.58% and 1.77%, on the weaker pound. Energy stocks gained 0.32% as oil majors including BP and Royal Dutch Shell gained 0.7% and 1.8% respectively, tracking crude prices. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back plans to lift most remaining COVID-19 restrictions to July 19, citing the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant. There was good news however on the jobs front, as the number of employees on British company payrolls surged by a record 197,000 in May as COVID-19 restrictions eased, tax data showed.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Boris Johnson, payrolls, , Russ Mould, AJ Bell Organizations: Reuters, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Unilever, Reckitt, British American Tobacco, Diageo, Energy, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Entertainment, Entain Plc, U.S . Federal, Federal Reserve, Boohoo, Finance Locations: England, London, Britain
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photoLondon's FTSE 100 equity index edged higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in consumer staples and industrial stocks, although a delay in lifting of remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England curbed sentiment across the overall market. The blue-chip index (.FTSE) rose 0.3%, with large dollar earning companies including Diageo (DGE.L), Unilever (ULVR.L) and British American Tobacco (BATS.L) providing the biggest boost. Industrials (.FTNMX502050), aero and defence (.FTNMX502010) stocks also climbed, with aero-engine maker Rolls Royce (RR.L) among the biggest gainers with a 2.2% rise. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index (.FTMC) advanced 0.3%. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back plans of lifting most remaining COVID-19 restrictions to July 19, citing the rapid spread of the more infectious Delta variant.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Royce, Boris Johnson, payrolls, Laith Khalaf, AJ Bell, Khalaf Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Diageo, Unilever, British American Tobacco, Communications, Standard Finance, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, England
"I think we can sort it out but ... it is up to our EU friends and partners to understand that we will do whatever it takes," Johnson told Sky News. NO NARROWING OF POSITIONSThe province has an open border with EU member Ireland so the Northern Ireland protocol was agreed as a way to preserve the bloc's single market after Britain left. "Both sides must implement what we agreed on," von der Leyen, European Commission president, said after meeting Johnson alongside Michel, the European Council president. Germany’s Merkel said the two sides could find pragmatic solutions on technical questions, while the EU protected its single market. The head of the World Trade Organization said she hoped the tensions would not escalate into a trade war.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, Joe Biden, I've, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, Peter Nicholls, von der Leyen, Michel, Germany’s Merkel, Brexit, France’s Macron Organizations: European Union, EU, U.S, Sky News, Ireland, Britain, European, REUTERS, European Commission, World Trade Organization, United, Irish Catholic, British, Thomson Locations: Britain, Northern Ireland, British, German, England, United Kingdom, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, United States, Carbis, Ireland
The European Union told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Saturday that he must implement the Brexit deal that he signed to ensure the delicate peace in Northern Ireland and that the 27-member bloc was completely unified on that position. "There is complete EU unity on this," she said, adding that the deal had been agreed, signed and ratified by both Johnson's government and the EU. The 1998 peace deal largely brought an end to the "Troubles" - three decades of conflict between Irish Catholic nationalist militants and pro-British Protestant "loyalist" paramilitaries in which 3,600 people were killed. French President Emmanuel Macron offered to reset relations with Britain as long as Johnson stands by the Brexit deal. The pro-British "unionist" community in Northern Ireland province say they are now split off from the rest of the United Kingdom and that the Brexit deal that Johnson signed therefore breaches the 1998 peace deal.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson, Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel, BREXIT, Peter Nicholls, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Joe Biden Organizations: European Union, British, United, Northern, European, EU, Irish Catholic, REUTERS, Group, Ireland, Washington, Thomson Locations: Northern Ireland, United States, London, Brussels, United, Ireland, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, Carbis, United Kingdom, British
UK stocks muted ahead of ECB meeting, U.S. inflation data
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Sagarika Jaisinghani | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photoLondon-listed stocks were subdued in early trading on Thursday as investors turned to a European Central Bank policy meeting and U.S. inflation data for cues on whether global central banks could start tapering monetary policy sooner than expected. The export-heavy FTSE 100 (.FTSE) rose 0.2%, tracking small gains in Asian stocks, while the mid-cap FTSE 250 (.FTMC) was down 0.3%. read morePersonal goods (.FTNMX402040) and insurance (.FTNMX303020) stocks were also among the biggest gainers by 0740 GMT. "There's a sense of every man for himself ahead of the U.S. inflation data this evening, a data point that has left markets in limbo," said Jeffrey Halley, a market analyst at OANDA. The ECB is expected to keep its policy guidance unchanged and publish updated euro area macroeconomic projections at its policy meeting later in the day.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Jeffrey Halley, Patrick Drahi's Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, European Central Bank, Pharmaceutical, AstraZeneca, ECB, CMC, BT, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Scotland
Mining, financial stocks drag FTSE 100 lower; Clinigen Group tumbles
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 index underperformed its European peers on Wednesday, weighed down by heavyweight financials and mining stocks, while Clinigen Group eyed its worst day on record after a downbeat earnings update. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index declined 0.4%. Among stocks, Smith+Nephew jumped 4% to the top of the FTSE 100 index, after Credit Suisse upgraded the medical products maker’s stock to “outperform” from “neutral”. Clinigen Group slumped 23% as RBC cut its price target on the stock after the pharmaceutical company forecast annual adjusted EBITDA within the range of 114 million pounds and 117 million pounds, lower than market expectations. Upper Crust owner SSP Group reversed its course to trade 1.2% higher even after it reported a first-half loss of 182 million pounds ($257.62 million), bringing its shortfall over the past 18 months to more than 600 million pounds.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Banks, Moody’s, , Ian Williams, Peel Hunt, Smith, Nephew Organizations: Reuters, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Barclays, HSBC Holdings, Federal Reserve, ECB, Peel, Bank of England, Credit Suisse, Clinigen, RBC Locations: London, Britain, U.S
British shares end lower as mining, financial stocks weigh
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Devik Jain | Shashank Nayar | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - British shares ended lower on Thursday after broadly underperforming their European peers, dragged down by heavyweight financial and mining stocks in a thin trading session before a key European Central Bank meeting and U.S. inflation numbers. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File photoThe blue-chip index fell 0.2%, with home-builder stocks and life insurers leading declines. World stocks hovered near record highs and U.S. bond yields fell, boosting the appeal of technology stocks as future inflation pressures ease. Clinigen Group slumped -26.4% as RBC cut its price target on the stock after the pharmaceutical company forecast annual adjusted EBITDA within the range of 114 million pounds and 117 million pounds, lower than market expectations. Upper Crust owner SSP Group dropped -1.9% after it reported a first-half loss of 182 million pounds ($257.62 million).
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Banks, Moody’s, , Michael Hewson, Smith, Nephew Organizations: Reuters, European Central Bank, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, HSBC Holdings, European Union, ECB, CMC Markets, Credit Suisse, Clinigen, RBC, Wizz Air Locations: London, Britain, COVID
Harry Potter casts lasting spell over Bloomsbury
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
One of the first ever copies of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is seen in London, Britain, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Peter NichollsHarry Potter’s protective spell over Bloomsbury (BLPU.L) is losing none of its power. Publisher Bloomsbury in turn posted a 31% rise in annual pre-tax profit to 17.3 million pounds read more . Since the Harry Potter phenomenon kicked off 23 years ago, Bloomsbury has delivered 16% total annualised returns to shareholders, including dividends, compared to 4.9% for Britain’s benchmark FTSE 100 Index. The problem for Bloomsbury is what happens when that Potter magic fades.
Persons: Harry Potter, Peter Nicholls Harry Potter’s, JK Rowling’s, Potter, Ed Cropley, Ferrero Organizations: REUTERS, Bloomsbury, JK Locations: London, Britain, Bloomsbury
New orders drive record surge in UK manufacturing in May: PMI
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.69   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Technicians work on a Rolls-Royce engine prior to it being installed in a car on the production line of the Rolls-Royce Goodwood factory, near Chichester, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - A deluge of new orders helped to drive a record increase in British manufacturing activity last month as the economy began to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey showed on Tuesday. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 65.6 in May from 60.9 in April. While a little lower than the preliminary “flash” reading of 66.1, it still marked the highest since the survey started in 1992. Tuesday’s survey showed that export orders increased at the fastest rate on record, although survey compiler IHS Markit said this was driven mainly by larger companies, with smaller manufacturers seeing less demand.
Persons: Royce Goodwood, Peter Nicholls LONDON, Price, BoE Organizations: Royce, REUTERS, IHS, Manufacturing, Bank of England Locations: Chichester, Britain
New orders drive record surge in UK manufacturing in May - PMI
  + stars: | 2021-06-01 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.69   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Technicians work on a Rolls-Royce engine prior to it being installed in a car on the production line of the Rolls-Royce Goodwood factory, near Chichester, Britain, September 1, 2020. REUTERS/Peter NichollsLONDON (Reuters) - A deluge of new orders helped to drive a record increase in British manufacturing activity last month as the economy began to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey showed on Tuesday. The IHS Markit/CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 65.6 in May from 60.9 in April. While a little lower than the preliminary “flash” reading of 66.1, it still marked the highest since the survey started in 1992. Tuesday’s survey showed that export orders increased at the fastest rate on record, although survey compiler IHS Markit said this was driven mainly by larger companies, with smaller manufacturers seeing less demand.
Persons: Royce Goodwood, Peter Nicholls LONDON, Price, BoE Organizations: Royce, REUTERS, IHS, Manufacturing, Bank of England Locations: Chichester, Britain
Decision on lifting England's lockdown will be driven by data, minister says
  + stars: | 2021-05-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File PhotoThe decision to lift final lockdown measures in England on June 21 will be made after data on infection, hospitalisation, vaccination and new variants are assessed, Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday. "We have to be cautious; we have to look at the data and share it with the country." COVID restrictions have been eased in stages in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as infection levels, hospitalisations and deaths fell. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, however, warned on Thursday that the spread of the coronavirus variant first identified in India could delay the final stage. The number of cases of the variant in Britain rose to nearly 7,000 last week, double the number a week earlier.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Nadhim Zahawi, Andrew Marr, Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock, Chris Hopson Organizations: REUTERS, NHS Providers, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Greenwich, Wharf, London, Britain, England, hospitalisation, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, India
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside the entrance of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 was unchanged on Friday, as weakness in miners and energy stocks countered gains in bank shares, while the prospect of further stimulus in the United States made investors optimistic of speedy economic recovery. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was falt with banks and life insurers adding 0.6% and 0.1%, respectively. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index inched 0.1% higher and outperformed the blue-chip index for the second straight week with a 1.2% gain. [MKTS/GLOB]Among stocks, brewer C&C Group slipped 3.4% and was among the top losers of the FTSE 250 index after Berenberg cut its price target on the stock.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Homebuilders, Taylor Wimpey, Andy Haldane, pare, Biden Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, HSBC Holdings, Prudential, Vistry, ., BHP Group, Royal Dutch Shell, Bank of England, C Locations: London, Britain, United States, Antofagasta, British
Signage is seen outside the entrance of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index (.FTSE) rose 0.4% with banks (.FTNMX301010) and life insurers (.FTNMX303010) adding 1.5% and 1.9%, respectively. Homebuilders (.FTNMX402020) jumped with Vistry Group (VTYV.L) and Taylor Wimpey (TW.L) gaining 2.5% and 3.5%, respectively. read moreThe domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index (.FTMC) inched 0.4% higher and was set to outperform the blue-chip index for the second straight week with a 1.6% gain. Among stocks, brewer C&C Group (GCC.L) slipped 3.5% to the bottom of the FTSE 250 index after Berenberg cut its price target on the stock.
Persons: Peter Nicholls British, Taylor Wimpey, Ian Williams, Peel, Biden Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, HSBC Holdings, Prudential, Vistry, C, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, financials, United States
British midcaps rise on strong earnings, Vectura shines
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Shivani Kumaresan | Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -British midcaps rose on Wednesday, boosted by solid earnings updates from companies including Marks & Spencer and Softcat, while Vectura Group topped the mid-cap index after agreeing to a takeover by The Carlyle Group. FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside the entrance of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain. Vectura Group surged 33.8% to the top of the index, after the pharmaceutical company focused on inhaled medicines agreed to a 958 million pound ($1.36 billion) takeover by global investment firm The Carlyle Group. Specialty chemical maker Croda International climbed 2.6% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to “buy” from “sell”. Spire Healthcare Group jumped 26.9% after it agreed to a takeover offer from Australian hospital operator Ramsay Health Care for about 1 billion pounds ($1.41 billion).
Persons: Spencer, Softcat, Peter Nicholls, , Russ Mould, AJ Bell, Goldman Sachs Organizations: Reuters, Marks, Vectura, The Carlyle, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Group, , HSBC, Prudential Financial, Chartered, U.S, Federal, Croda, Spire Healthcare, Health Care Locations: London, Britain
Strong earnings, Vectura boost British midcaps
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Peter NichollsBritish midcaps rose on Wednesday, boosted by solid earnings updates from companies including Marks & Spencer and Softcat, while Vectura Group topped the mid-cap index after agreeing to a takeover by The Carlyle Group. Vectura Group (VEC.L) surged 31.6% and was on track for its best day on record after the pharmaceutical company focused on inhaled medicines agreed to a 958 million pound ($1.36 billion) takeover by global investment firm The Carlyle Group. read moreThe blue-chip FTSE 100 index (.FTSE) edged 0.1% higher, with specialty chemical maker Croda International (CRDA.L) climbing 3% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to "buy" from "sell". However, gains on the index were limited by a fall in heavyweight mining (.FTNMX551020) and banking (.FTNMX301010) stocks. Among other stocks, Softcat (SCTS.L) added 4.7% after the IT services and consulting firm said it expected annual results ahead of expectations.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Spencer, Softcat, Goldman Sachs, Ipek Ozkardeskaya Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Marks, Vectura, The Carlyle Group, Group, Croda, U.S, Federal, Fed, Swissquote Bank, Spire Healthcare, Health Care, Thomson Locations: London, Britain
'Epic Iran' puts 5,000 years of artefacts on show at London's V&A
  + stars: | 2021-05-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +2 min
A V&A employee looks up at a full size replica of tiles from Isfahan on display at Epic Iran, an exhibition soon to open at the V&A in London, Britain, May 25, 2021. REUTERS/Peter NichollsFrom ancient sculptures to contemporary photographs, objects spanning 5,000 years of Iranian art, culture and design go on display at London's Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum this week in the first such major exhibition in Britain in 90 years. "Epic Iran", which opens to the public on Saturday, features more than 300 items from ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran, including manuscripts, ceramics, carpets, textiles as well as photos, the museum said. "It's only quite recently that people are recognising that Iran has got this wonderful, rich artistic tradition, wonderful cultural heritage stretching back many, many, many years," co-curator John Curtis told Reuters. "We have had to source objects from other places and I think we've been very successful in doing that ... what you see here gives everybody a rounded picture of the great civilisations of Iran."
Persons: Peter Nicholls, John Curtis, Rhyton, Shirin, Curtis, Donald Trump Organizations: REUTERS, Albert, Thomson Locations: Isfahan, Iran, London, Britain
Industrials, oil stocks pull FTSE 100 higher; Cineworld shines
  + stars: | 2021-05-24 | by ( Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside the entrance of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 edged higher on Monday after posting its second straight weekly drop, while Cineworld Group gained on reporting a strong weekend opening following a months-long lockdown in the UK. The blue-chip index rose 0.3% with oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell, industrials, and consumer staples stocks including Diageo providing the biggest boosts. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.1%. Among other stocks that gained, Kainos Group rose 2.8% after the digital services company posted a 124% jump in its annual adjusted pretax profit.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Peter Rabbit, ” Jeffrey Halley, pare, Mr Kipling, brokerages Organizations: London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Cineworld, Royal, Shell, Diageo, Sony Pictures, Federal Reserve, Kainos, RBC, Foods Locations: London, Britain, Antofagasta
UK reports 2,829 further COVID cases, nine more deaths
  + stars: | 2021-05-21 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: 1 min
NHS workers are seen next to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile testing unit in Tower Hamlets, London, Britain, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter NichollsBritain on Friday reported a further 2,829 coronavirus cases and nine more deaths within 28 days of a positive test, according to official data which also showed the number of people to have received a first vaccine dose rose to 37,518,614. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Peter Nicholls Britain Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Hamlets, London, Britain
FTSE 100 drops as commodity stocks weigh, inflation doubles
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 slipped on Wednesday, dragged down by heavyweight commodity stocks, while a bigger-than-expected jump in inflation stoked fears that the central bank may tighten its monetary policy earlier than expected. FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen outside the entrance of the London Stock Exchange in London, Britain. REUTERS/Peter NichollsThe blue-chip index fell 1%, with miners declining 2.1% after metal prices slipped. [O/R] [MET/L]The domestically focussed mid-cap FTSE 250 index fell 0.4%. A jump in regulated electricity and gas bills, and clothing and footwear prices pushed up the inflation reading.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, , , Ambrose Crofton, Ferguson, John Laing Organizations: Reuters, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BP, Royal, Shell, Bank of England, Morgan Asset Management, U.S, U.S . Federal, John, John Laing Group, KKR Locations: London, Britain, U.S .
Commodity stocks, inflation data drag FTSE 100 down
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( Shivani Kumaresan | Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 fell on Wednesday, dragged down by heavyweight commodity stocks, while a bigger-than-expected jump in inflation stoked fears the central bank may tighten its monetary policy earlier than expected. REUTERS/Peter NichollsThe blue-chip index fell 1.2%, with miners declining 3.9% after metal prices slipped. The Bank of England hopes the surge in inflation will be temporary as the economy recovers from last year’s COVID-19 slump. A jump in regulated electricity and gas bills, and clothing and footwear prices pushed up the inflation reading. “The UK market is stuck in its range a bit.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, , , Neil Wilson, cryptocurrencies, Ferguson, John Laing Organizations: Reuters, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, BP, Royal, Shell, Bank of England, Markets.com, John, John Laing Group, KKR Locations: London, Britain, Europe, U.S, North America, COVID, Asia
UK inflation more than doubles to 1.5% in April
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( Andy Bruce | William Schomberg | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Peter NichollsConsumer prices rose by 1.5% in April, the Office for National Statistics said, following a 0.7% rise in March. A jump in regulated electricity and gas bills and clothing and footwear prices helped to push inflation up, along with the cost of petrol, hit by rising global oil prices. Inflation is expected to accelerate in the coming months - mirroring a move underway in the United States as the global economy picks itself up after the COVID-19 pandemic. The BoE thinks inflation will then slip back to 2% in 2022 and 2023. BoE Governor Andrew Bailey said on Tuesday there had been little sign so far that these producer cost pressures had fed much into consumer prices in Britain.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, ” Howard Archer, BoE, BoE Governor Andrew Bailey Organizations: Bank of England, REUTERS, National Statistics, Bank, Federal Reserve Locations: British, Oxford, London, Britain, United States
April’s inflation reading was, however, only a touch above the 1.4% rise seen in a Reuters poll of economists and was still below the Bank of England’s 2% target. Inflation is likely to fall back next year as the comparisons with the coronavirus slump fades, most analysts say. “We do not believe that higher inflation will be fully transitory as many in markets contend and as global central bankers seem to presume,” he said. It thinks inflation will then slip back to 2% in 2022 and 2023. Separate ONS data showed rampant inflation in house prices: a 10.2% annual increase in March marked the strongest growth in house prices since August 2007.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, , Ruth Gregory, Kallum Pickering, , BOE, BoE, Andy Haldane, Andrew Bailey Organizations: Bank of England, REUTERS, Federal Reserve, CPI, Bank of England’s, Capital Economics, Berenberg Bank, National Statistics Locations: Oxford, London, Britain, British
UK reports 3 new deaths from COVID-19, 2,696 new cases
  + stars: | 2021-05-19 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
NHS workers are seen next to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mobile testing unit in Tower Hamlets, London, Britain, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Peter NichollsBritain reported three new deaths from COVID-19 within 28 days of a positive test on Wednesday and a further 2,696 cases of the disease, official government data showed. That compared to 7 deaths and 2,412 cases reported a day earlier. The data showed that 36.99 million people had received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Peter Nicholls Britain Organizations: REUTERS, Thomson Locations: Hamlets, London, Britain, COVID
UK to make final lockdown easing decision on June 14
  + stars: | 2021-05-16 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.99   time to read: +1 min
Visitors to Greenwich Park sit and look towards Canary Wharf financial district as lockdown restrictions are eased amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in London, Britain, April 25, 2021. REUTERS/Peter NichollsBritain will make a decision on June 14 about whether or not to go ahead with the final phase of its easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday. read more"We'll make a final decision for step four, which is the biggest step on the roadmap. We'll make that final decision on the 14th of June," Hancock told Sky News. The last of four stages in the removal of lockdown restrictions is currently scheduled for June 21 and could ditch social distancing measures entirely.
Persons: Peter Nicholls Britain, Matt Hancock, Hancock Organizations: REUTERS, Friday, Sky News, Oxford University, Thomson Locations: Greenwich, Wharf, London, Britain, India
FTSE 100 inches up, still on track for worst weekly losses since Feb
  + stars: | 2021-05-14 | by ( Devik Jain | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) -London’s FTSE 100 rose on Friday, but was on track to post its worst weekly performance since February on inflation worries, while Sanne Group topped the mid-cap index after rejecting a $1.90 billion buyout proposal. REUTERS/Peter NichollsThe blue-chip index rose 0.6%, with software company Sage Group adding 3.1% after reporting strong first-half organic recurring revenue and forecasting annual growth at the top end of its 3% to 5% range. The index is down 1.6% for the week, its biggest weekly fall since February. The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.7%. Alternative asset and corporate services firm Sanne Group jumped 25.7% after it rejected private-equity firm Cinven’s 1.35-billion-pound ($1.90 billion) buyout offer.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, brokerages, Jim Reid, Boris Johnson, we’ve, , Ian Williams, Peel Hunt Organizations: Reuters, Sanne, London Stock Exchange, REUTERS, Sage Group, Diageo, Federal, Deutsche Bank, Peel, Sanne Group Locations: London, Britain, Banks, England
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