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Jul 29, 2014

“Sick man” France offers healthier outlook for staffing firms

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Despite high unemployment, weak
economic growth and complex labour laws, France is offering an
unlikely glimmer of hope to beaten-down staff recruitment firms
such as Adecco and Randstad.

The euro zone’s second-biggest economy has been a mixed
blessing for recruiters in recent years. French labour laws and
work contracts make it costly to hire and fire employees,
increasing the attractiveness of temporary staffing, but overall
demand for labour has suffered during the tepid recovery.

Jul 29, 2014

UK’s FTSE lifted by gains at Next and GKN

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index
pushed forward on Tuesday, lifted by gains at fashion chain Next
, and at car and plane parts maker GKN after
strong results and outlook comments.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose by 0.2 percent, or
14.01 points, to 6,802.08 points by the middle of the trading
day.

Jul 28, 2014

Fall in financial stocks weighs on Britain’s FTSE

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – A slide in financial stocks,
including Aberdeen Asset Management, knocked back
Britain’s top equity index on Monday, to its lowest level in
nearly a week.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.1
percent, or 3.48 points, at 6,788.07 points.

Jul 28, 2014

Fall in financial stocks hits Britain’s FTSE

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – A slide in financial stocks,
including Aberdeen Asset Management and Lloyds Banking
Group, knocked back Britain’s top equity index on
Monday.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.4
percent, or 29 points, at 6,762.55 points going into the close
of trading.

Jul 28, 2014

UK’s FTSE propped up by rally in Reckitt shares

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index crept
higher on Monday, supported by solid results at consumer goods
company Reckitt Benckiser which offset a slump at
Aberdeen Asset Management.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up by 0.1 percent,
or 7.60 points, at 6,799.15 points in mid-session trading.

Jul 25, 2014

European shares hit by weak German data and LVMH

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Weak German economic data and a
slump in the shares of luxury goods group LVMH hit
European stock markets on Friday.

Equities also extended losses after Russia said Ukraine had
targeted Russian law enforcement officers by shelling across the
border from eastern Ukraine, where government forces are
fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Jul 25, 2014

Weak German data and LVMH results weigh on European shares

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Weak German economic data and a
slump in the shares of luxury goods group LVMH weighed
on European stock markets on Friday.

Germany’s benchmark DAX equity index, which hit a
record high of 10,050.98 points in late June, was down by 0.6
percent at 9,734.11 points going into the close of the trading
day.

Jul 25, 2014

Weak German data and fall at LVMH weigh on European shares

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Weak German economic data and a
slump in the shares of luxury goods group LVMH weighed
on European stock markets on Friday.

Germany’s benchmark DAX equity index, which hit a
record high of 10,050.98 points in late June, was down by 0.3
percent at 9,760.65 points going into the middle of the trading
day.

Jul 24, 2014

UK’s FTSE roused by rally in Reed Elsevier

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s main equity index
pushed forward on Thursday, as gains at media company Reed
Elsevier helped offset a slump in home improvements
retailer Kingfisher.

The FTSE 100 closed up 0.3 percent, or 23.31 points,
at 6,821.46 points.

Reed Elsevier climbed 4.4 percent after reporting first-half
earnings that beat market expectations.

Jul 24, 2014

UK’s FTSE supported by rally in Reed Elsevier

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s main equity index
climbed higher on Thursday, as gains at media company Reed
Elsevier more than offset a slump in home improvements
retailer Kingfisher.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index rose by 0.1 percent, or
8.97 points, to 6,807.12 points by the middle of the trading
day.