All eyes at the end of the week will be on what economists consider the most important of all economic reports published each, the monthly non-farm payrolls data.
Retail footfall strengthened last month, industry data showed on Friday, as shoppers sought out a bargain in the January sales and employees headed back to the office.
Shares in sports fashion retailer JD Sports Fashion surged on Thursday as the company revealed it is aiming to grow revenues and margins by double digits over the next five years alongside a rapid store expansion under a strategy outlined by new chief executive Regis Schultz.
Interest rate sensitive real estate and construction paced gains on the stock market on Thursday as many analysts speculated that the Bank of England might be at or near its rate hiking cycle.
European stocks clocked in with solid gains on Thursday after dovish remarks from the US Federal Reserve on inflation prompted rallies on Wall Street and in Asia.
London stocks jumped on Thursday, while sterling fell further after the Bank of England hiked rates for the tenth month in a row.
Postal workers announced that they would strike on 16-17 February due to "unagreed changes" to the structure of work by Royal Mail at offices across the country.
Analysts at Berenberg lowered their target price on real estate investment trust Tritax Big Box from 190. 0p to 170. 0p on Thursday, stating repricing was now underway.
The European Central Bank went ahead and hiked interest rates by 50 basis points on Thursday as was widely expected.
Ramsdens Holdings revealed on Thursday that chairman Andrew Meehan's wife Susan had disposed of 30,000 ordinary shares in the AIM-listed financial services provider.
London’s FTSE 100 was up 0. 5% at 7,802. 40 in afternoon trade on Thursday as investors mulled the latest BoE policy announcement.
Wall Street stocks were mixed early on Thursday as digested a slew of corporate earnings and some key data points.
US layoff announcements more than doubled in January as firms girded themselves for an anticipated recession, according to the latest tally from one of the country's best known staffing firms.
FTSE 250: 20,450. 08, +2. 77% .
Wall Street futures were pointing to a mixed open ahead of the bell on Thursday as traders braced for a slew of corporate earnings.
Unemployment claims in the US continued to run below forecasts over the preceding week, defying expectations for a post-Christmas rebound.
Fourth quarter labour productivity in the US was higher than expected, helping to limit unit labour cost growth.
Investment bank Deutsche Bank posted fourth-quarter pre-tax profits and revenues that fell short of estimates on Thursday due to a steep decline in advisory income.
Merck & Co. posted better-than-expected quarterly results despite stiff foreign exchange headwinds, but its guidance for profits fell short of Wall Street estimates.
The Bank of England lifted interest rates on Thursday for the tenth month in a row, by 50 basis points as expected, but also hinted that inflation may have peaked.
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