The relaxing of certain Covid-19 related restrictions has boosted consumer sentiment across the UK as GfK's long-running consumer confidence index has now regained all the ground lost as a result of the pandemic.
The market spotlight at the end of the week will be on a raft of closely-followed Purchasing Managers Indices from across the UK, euro area and US.
Google announced on Thursday that it would be opening its first retail store in New York this summer where it will sell Pixel phones, Fitbit wearables, Pixelbooks, Nest thermostats and speakers, and more.
Iran's president said on Thursday that the United States was ready to lift sanctions on his country's oil, banking and shipping sectors that were reimposed after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear deal signed in 2015.
Spotify announced a further expansion into audiobooks on Thursday through a partnership with Storytel.
Wall Street stocks closed higher on Thursday amid a rebound in tech shares.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity raised their target price on plumbing and heating products distributor Ferguson from 9,100. 0p to 10,000. 0p on Thursday, stating "temporary positives" had amplified an already "strong" performance.
DCC said on Thursday that chairman designate Mark Breuer had acquired 3,500 ordinary shares in the FTSE 100-listed sales, marketing and support services company.
London’s FTSE 250 was up 0. 5% at 22,337. 99 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 5% at 6,983. 69 in afternoon trade on Thursday.
HSBC has asked shareholders not to turn up for its annual general meeting despite switching the venue to allow people to attend in person.
Wall Street stocks traded higher early on Thursday amid a rebound in tech shares.
Almost one-quarter of shareholder votes opposed 888's pay policy in a protest against a potential £1. 3m annual bonus for Chief Executive John Mendelsohn.
The boss of Chinese TikTok’s parent company Bytedance announced he would be stepping down from the role because he lacks managerial skills and preferred “reading and daydreaming” to running the tech giant.
Virgin Galactic stock jumped after the space tourism company announced its next spaceflight test had initially been set for 22 May.
Ford launched the electric version of its bestselling F-150 pickup truck late on Wednesday in a move seen by experts as a "huge" step in the company's shift towards low-emission cars.
The number of Americans lining up for unemployment benefits fell below 500,000 in the week ended 15 May, indicating that job growth has picked up across the US in May, despite companies remaining desperate to fill roles.
EasyJet reported a widening of its first-half losses on Thursday, in line with expectations, as the budget airline continues to take a hit from Covid-related restrictions.
BT Group: Berenberg downgrades to hold with a target price of 175p.
Manufacturing activity in the US mid-Atlantic region cooled more quickly than anticipated in May as supply bottlenecks continued to worsen, the results of a closely-followed survey revealed.
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