Early Black Friday deals helped bolster retail sales in November, research showed on Friday, despite a second national lockdown closing non-essential stores.
Visits to Britain's shops plunged in November during a second Covid-19 lockdown imposed in the run-up to Christmas.
All eyes at the end of the week will be on the non-farm payrolls report for November to see how the US jobs market is holding up and to gauge strength over what might could be a critical few months ahead.
B&M European Value Retail guided higher for full-year operating profits following a "strong" start to the second half, even as it said that it would return the government's approximately £80m of full-year business rates relief for the firm.
The mood among European investors on Thursday was restrained as the euro continued to gain altitude, despite downbeat euro area business activity data, and as investors continued looking for signs of any movement on a Brexit trade deal.
London stocks closed in positive territory on Thursday, following solid gains in the previous session, as jobless claims surprised in the US, while Brexit talks remained in focus as the end of December deadline loomed.
Analysts at Berenberg raised their target price on engineering and manufacturing group Avon Rubber from 3,510. 0p to 4,065. 0p on Thursday.
Trainline revealed on Thursday that chief financial officer Shaun McCabe had offloaded 600,000 ordinary shares in the FTSE 250-listed operator of the online train booking platform.
Mesh network technology company CyanConnode has appointed Allan Baig as its group chief operating officer, and Ratna Garapati as the chief operating officer of CyanConnode India, it announced on Thursday, which are both non-board appointments.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 1. 1% at 20,097. 95 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Bank of America has upgraded Centamin to ‘buy’ after new chief executive Martin Horgan outlined his three-year outlook for the gold miner.
Wall Street stocks opened higher on Thursday as some stronger-than-expected data offset news that the US had registered a new single-day record for Covid-19 deaths.
Healthcare services provider Totally announced a number of contract extensions for the provision of clinical assessment services, GP out-of-hours and urgent treatment centres across the North East of England, the Midlands and Greater London on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% at 6,484. 05 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
Activity in America's services sector slowed slightly in November as businesses try to cope with the recent surge in Covid-19 infections, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
3M announced on Thursday that it would be cutting 2,900 jobs worldwide as part of its latest restructuring plan.
China accused the US on Thursday of fabricating fake news about forced labour in the Chinese region of Xinjiang after the Trump administration banned imports of cotton from the region.
Ryanair has agreed to buy an additional 75 new MAX-8200 aircraft from Boeing, taking the total number of aircraft ordered to 210 from 135.
MJ Gleeson shares jumped after the housebuilder said annual results would beat expectations and it was planning to restart dividends during 2021.
US jobless claims for the previous week surprised sharply to the downside, although at least one top-ranked economist was expecting the improvement to be short-lived.
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