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GKN calls Melrose out over 'misleading' offer statement, Melrose bites back

(ShareCast News) - The tit-for-tat exchanges between Melrose Industries and GKN continued on Thursday, as Melrose responded to comments from its bid target, which said earlier in the day that the company's offer statement was "misleading", after the engineer rejected a hostile, sweetened bid of 7.4bn a day earlier.
[18 Jan '18 07:47]

Halfords third-quarter revenue rises, hails record Christmas and Black Friday sales

(ShareCast News) - Halfords reported a rise in third-quarter sales on Thursday and solid trading over the Christmas period.
[18 Jan '18 07:47]

Thursday newspaper round-up: Carillion collapse, Bitcoin, Barclays, RBS

(ShareCast News) - Taxpayers will be forced to hand over nearly 200bn to contractors under private finance deals for at least 25 years, according to a report by Whitehall's spending watchdog. In the wake of the collapse of public service provider Carillion, the National Audit Office found little evidence that government investment in more than 700 existing public-private projects has delivered financial benefits. - Guardian
[18 Jan '18 07:44]

London pre-open: Stocks to tick higher after Wall Street rally

(ShareCast News) - London stocks were set to tick just a touch higher at the open on Thursday following a positive finish on Wall Street thanks to a solid performance from technology giant Apple.
[18 Jan '18 07:38]

Whitbread warns tough UK trading conditions brewing

(ShareCast News) - Pubs-to-coffee shop group Whitbread said third quarter group sales rose 0.3% in tough market conditions, adding that the harsher UK environment and inflation would pose challenges in the year ahead.
[18 Jan '18 07:37]

Experian's B2B business growth offsets consumer decline

(ShareCast News) - Information services giant Experian reported an 8% improvement in revenue for the three months to 31 December in a trading update on Thursday.
[18 Jan '18 07:15]

AB Foods confident despite sugar slump staining Primark gains

(ShareCast News) - Associated British Foods reported a 3% increase in revenues in recent weeks, as strong growth from its Primark clothing retail arm was held back by a worse than expected decline in sugar.
[18 Jan '18 07:09]

BHP looking to offload US shale oil unit

(ShareCast News) - Mining giant BHP said it was looking at offloading its US shale oil business either a trade sale, demerger or public offering.
[18 Jan '18 07:02]

UK taxpayer to foot 200bn bill for PFI projects - NAO

(ShareCast News) - The UK taxpayer will be on the hook to the tune of 200bn into the 2040s under private financing deals even if no new projects are agreed, the government's spending watchdog said on Thursday.
[18 Jan '18 07:00]

Broker tips: Ferrexpo, Diploma

(ShareCast News) - Credit Suisse boosted its target price for shares of iron ore miner Ferrexpo by well over a third on the back of the recovery in prices seen over the past year and after the pellet premium surprised to the upside.
[17 Jan '18 18:30]

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