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Aug 6, 2014

German shares lead Europe lower as concerns over Ukraine mount

EDINBURGH, Aug 6 (Reuters) – European shares fell on
Wednesday, led by German equities after a resurgence in tension
in Ukraine and some weaker-than-expected earnings reports.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 was down 0.6
percent at 1,326.59 by 0747 GMT, with the German DAX,
which is dominated by companies heavily dependent on Russian
energy, down 0.8 percent.

Aug 5, 2014

In Scotland, pro-independence leader flunks TV debate

GLASGOW Scotland (Reuters) – The leader of Scotland’s campaign for independence failed to turn a U.S.-style television debate into a victory for his cause on Tuesday six weeks before Scots vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom.

In an unexpected setback for those who support a breakaway, Alex Salmond, the leader of the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP), didn’t land a knockout blow in a lively debate against Alistair Darling, the leader of the campaign to keep Scotland in the UK.

Aug 5, 2014

Aggreko boosts FTSE as Ukraine, Gaza tensions ease

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index rose early on Tuesday, boosted by encouraging earnings data as tensions eased in political hotspots that have weighed on the market in recent weeks.

Aggreko (AGGK.L: Quote, Profile, Research), which supplies power to public events, rose 4.1 percent after profits fell 9 percent, which traders said beat expectations.

Aug 4, 2014

Scotland’s pro-independence camp betting on TV debate to win votes

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Supporters of Scottish independence are hoping leader Alex Salmond’s performance in a U.S.-style television debate on Tuesday can boost their campaign, which is lagging in opinion polls.

With just over six weeks to go before Scots vote on whether to break Scotland’s 307-year union with England, the “No” campaign holds a steady and substantial lead over the “Yes” camp.

Aug 4, 2014
Aug 3, 2014

Commonwealth Games fails to give Scottish nationalists a lift – poll

EDINBURGH, July 30 (Reuters) – Success for Scotland at the
Commonwealth Games has not translated into a boost for the
nation’s independence movement, according to a poll on Sunday,
with time running out ahead of the September referendum.

Nationalists had hoped to capitalise on a feelgood factor
from successfully hosting the Games in Glasgow, which has seen a
record medal haul for Scottish athletes.

Aug 1, 2014
Jul 31, 2014

BG, Shell boost FTSE after profits rise

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – British blue chip shares rose on Thursday, boosted by better than expected earnings reports, with the oil and gas sector lifted by rising profits.

BG Group rose 3.8 percent, the top FTSE 100 riser, after posting a 11 percent rise in profits, while Royal Dutch Shell, the index’s biggest stock, rose 2 percent after earnings rose 33 percent.

Jul 31, 2014

BG, Shell boost Britain’s FTSE after profits rise

EDINBURGH, July 31 (Reuters) – British blue chip shares rose
on Thursday, boosted by better than expected earnings reports,
with the oil and gas sector lifted by rising profits.

BG Group rose 3.8 percent, the top FTSE 100 riser, after
posting a 11 percent rise in profits, while Royal Dutch Shell,
the index’s biggest stock, rose 2 percent after earnings rose 33
percent.

Jul 30, 2014

FTSE edges lower, receives support from Barclays

EDINBURGH (Reuters) – Britain’s top share index edged lower on Wednesday as traders digested mixed earnings reports, with Barclays (BARC.L: Quote, Profile, Research) lending support to the index as it benefited from falling costs.

While Barclays’ underlying profit fell 8 percent in the second quarter, first-half profit came in 10 percent ahead of expectations, helped by falling operating costs.

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