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May 8, 2015

Scottish nationalists crush opponents, setting stage for new indepedence bid

GLASGOW/ABERDEEN, May 7 (Reuters) – Scottish nationalists
rampaged to victory north of the border in Britain’s national
election, obliterating their opponents and setting the stage for
a new battle over independence.

In an epic performance, the Scottish National Party (SNP)
ousted the leader of the Labour party in Scotland, defeated a
senior Labour figure in Paisley, and took former Prime Minister
Gordon Brown’s onetime stronghold in Kirkcaldy.

May 8, 2015

Scottish nationalists on course for landslide, paving way for secession struggle

EDINBURGH/GLASGOW, May 7 (Reuters) – Scottish nationalists
were on course for a landslide win north of the border in
Britain’s national election, obliterating their opponents and
setting the stage for a new battle over independence.

Early wins for the Scottish National Party (SNP) included
the ousting of the leader of the Labour party in Scotland, the
defeat of a senior Labour figure in Paisley and taking former
Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s onetime stronghold in Kirkcaldy.

May 8, 2015

Nationalists set to sweep Scotland but be shut out of UK govt

EDINBURGH/GLASGOW (Reuters) – Scottish nationalists could take nearly every seat in Scotland but be shut out of any role in the British government, according to an exit poll after voting ended in Britain’s national election on Thursday.

The poll for national television stations showed the Scottish National Party (SNP) taking 58 out of the 59 parliamentary seats north of the border.

May 8, 2015

Nationalists set to sweep Scotland but be shut out of government

EDINBURGH/GLASGOW (Reuters) – Scottish nationalists could take nearly every seat in Scotland but be shut out of any role in the British government, according to an exit poll after voting ended in Britain’s national election on Thursday.

The poll for national television stations showed the Scottish National Party (SNP) taking 58 out of the 59 parliamentary seats north of the border.

May 6, 2015

Britain’s FTSE boosted by PMI before election

GLASGOW/LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
edged higher on Wednesday, boosted by a survey showing that the
country’s service sector grew faster than expected last month.

The market showed little sign of nerves before Thursday’s
parliamentary election. However, option prices suggest the index
may see its biggest swing in two years on Friday, when investors
get their first chance to react to the result of one of the
closest UK elections in decades.

May 6, 2015

SNP set to sweep Scotland, but what next?

EDINBURGH/GLASGOW (Reuters) – With Scottish nationalists set to crush their opponents north of the border, their role in Britain’s future political landscape was being fiercely argued on Wednesday on the eve of the United Kingdom’s parliamentary election.

Prime Minister David Cameron made a rare visit to Scotland to warn of what he saw as the dangers posed by the pro-independence Scottish National Party.

May 6, 2015

Britain’s FTSE boosted by PMI ahead of election

GLASGOW/LONDON, May 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index
edged higher on Wednesday, boosted by a survey showing that the
country’s huge service sector unexpectedly picked up speed last
month, but activity was muted ahead of Thursday’s parliamentary
election.

The Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI)
climbed to an eight-month high in April, countering other signs
that the economy was slowing. Indicators from Europe were also
positive.

May 6, 2015

FTSE boosted by earnings ahead of election

GLASGOW (Reuters) – FTSE edged higher on Wednesday, boosted by reassuring results which lifted the tobacco and engineering sectors, although activity was muted ahead of Thursday’s national elections.

Imperial Tobacco Group rose 1.8 percent after it stood by its outlook for the remainder of the year, despite reporting a 5 percent decline in underlying tobacco sales volume in the first half of its fiscal year.

May 6, 2015

Britain’s FTSE boosted by earnings ahead of election

GLASGOW, May 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged
higher on Wednesday, boosted by reassuring results which lifted
the tobacco and engineering sectors, although activity was muted
ahead of Thursday’s national elections.

Imperial Tobacco Group rose 1.8 percent after it
stood by its outlook for the remainder of the year, despite
reporting a 5 percent decline in underlying tobacco sales volume
in the first half of its fiscal year.

May 5, 2015

UBS boosts European shares as Swiss, British stocks prosper

GLASGOW, May 5 (Reuters) – Shares of Swiss bank UBS
were the top performers in Europe on Tuesday, rising
on the back of its highest quarterly profit in nearly five
years, as gains for non-euro zone shares helped European stocks
into positive territory.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 0.5
percent at 0756 GMT, though euro zone indexes in Germany, Italy
and Spain were flat to 0.2 percent lower.

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