Annual sales at pharmacy chain Boots plunged nearly 30% after Covid-19 curtailed shopping and travel.
Wall Street stocks finished weaker on Thursday, making for the third consecutive day of losses in US equities.
European stocks were walloped on Thursday as London was placed under stricter Covid-19 measures while Germany, France and Italy all reported record daily rises in Covid-19 infections.
The market spotlight will be firmly on Brexit with the Prime Minister set to decide on Friday whether or not to continue talks with Brussels.
Stocks in London finished weaker on Thursday, amid tightening coronavirus restrictions across Europe and as hopes of further US stimulus faded.
Sabre Insurance Group revealed on Thursday that chief executive officer Geoff Carter had acquired 10,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed underwriter.
London’s FTSE 250 was down 0. 8% at 17,802. 72 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Mining and energy company GCM Resources announced on Thursday that its has signed a framework agreement with China Nonferrous Metal Industry's Foreign Engineering and Construction Co (NFC), valid for 12 months.
Barclays downgraded its stance on education publisher Pearson to ‘underweight’ from ‘equalweight’ on Thursday, cutting the price target to 520p from 570p as it pointed to multiple risks to 2021 forecasts.
Managed IT services provider Redcentric said on Thursday that trading in its first half was “slightly ahead” of the board's expectations, as it continued to focus on delivering services and solutions for its new and existing customers, growing revenues and improving operational performance and efficiency.
Eco Animal Health has entered into two worldwide exclusive research partnerships, it announced on Thursday, to develop novel vaccines for use in pigs.
Development of the UK's next-generation combat jet will support tens of thousands of jobs with very significant positive spill-over effects for the broader economy, a study conducted by consultancy PwC found.
Manufacturing activity in the US mid-Atlantic region accelerated sharply in October, the results of one of the most closely-watched surveys for the sector revealed.
Wall Street stocks opened lower on Thursday, putting major indices on track for a third consecutive day of losses.
Manufacturing sector activity in the New York state area cooled a bit, according to a closely-followed survey, although some of the underlying details were stronger.
London’s FTSE 100 was down 1. 8% at 5,826. 14 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Restaurant group Fulham Shore has hit out a rivals that are kept artificially afloat by "various leaky flotation devices" as it revealed its own dip into the red.
SSE has promoted Martin Pibworth to the newly-created role of group energy and commercial director with effect from 1 November.
Manx Financial Group announced the raising of an additional £2m of regulatory capital on Thursday, after its independent directors considered the most suitable method of further augmenting the regulatory capital available to its subsidiary company Conister Bank.
Initial jobless claims rose unexpectedly from last week's upwardly revised print of 845,000 to 898,000 in the week ended 10 October, well above expectations for a reading of 825,000.
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