Britons bracing for a 54% rise in energy prices were given an extra dose of pain on Thursday as the websites of several energy suppliers crashed before they could submit readings ahead of a midnight deadline.
Confidence among business leaders has collapsed as the invasion of Ukraine, rising costs and soaring inflation weigh heavily, a survey by the Institute of Directors has found.
London stocks closed weaker on the last day of the quarter on Thursday, as oil prices fell back and as investors digested the latest UK GDP reading.
Russia President Vladimir Putin on Thursday signalled he could override European gas supply contracts unless “unfriendly” states pay in roubles from Friday.
European shares closed lower on Thursday as Russia threatened to turn off gas supplies to Europe unless it received payment in roubles.
European shares had slipped into the red by midday on Thursday as crude oil prices fell on reports the US was set to release strategic reserves and Russia prepared to launch further attacks on east Ukraine.
Estate agency Foxtons was among the list of director buys on Thursday, after its chairman spent more than £12k on the company’s shares.
Power Metal Resources updated the market on its Soaring Bay uranium property on Thursday, with its footprint increasing 71% to 79. 07 square kilometres after the staking of more uranium-prospective ground.
Specialist fuel, food and feed distributor NWF Group updated the market on its current trading on Thursday, lifting its expectations for the year even further.
M&C Saatchi announced another extension to the ‘put-up-or-shut-up’ deadline on its proposed sale to AdvancedAdvT, controlled by director Vin Murria, on Thursday.
Video streaming technology company Aferian announced on Thursday that part of the contingent consideration for the May 2021 acquisition of Nordija has become payable.
Croda International has been awarded a £15. 9m grant by the UK government to expand its manufacturing facility in Leek, Staffordshire.
Clothing and fabric proprietary technology developer Xeros updated the market on its commercialisation strategy on Thursday, noting that since its last update in January, India had exited its third Covid-19 wave and was operating “near normal”.
Analysts at Canaccord Genuity lowered their target price on kettle safety controls manufacturer Strix Group from 375. 0p to 300. 0p on Thursday as it pondered whether near-term headwinds would "bark or bite".
Analysts at Deutsche Bank slashed their target price on retailer Next from 9,250. 0p to 7,850. 0p on Thursday, stating investors need to "think differently" about the stock.
Superyacht painting, maintenance and supply company GYG announced on Thursday that terms have been agreed on both of the Nobiskrug New Build projects that were suspended in 2021.
Opioid addiction treatment maker Indivior said on Thursday that it is beginning formal consultations with shareholders about a potential additional listing of its shares in the US.
Wall Street stocks were in the red at the beginning of trading in the final session of Q1.
The FTSE 250 index was down 0. 25% at 21,219. 48 at 1450 BST.
Inflation continued to mount in the US in February, official data showed on Thursday, putting further pressure on the Federal Reserve.
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