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Aug 1, 2014

UK’s FTSE flops as financials fall

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Financial stocks underperformed as
Britain’s top equity index fell to a three-week low on Friday,
while weak UK manufacturing data also weighed on the market.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.8
percent, or 50.93 points, at 6,679.18 points – its worst closing
level since the second week of July.

Aug 1, 2014

Bricks, not clicks: traditional retail chains fight back

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Europe’s traditional High Street
retailers are defying the threat from online rivals by making
their businesses more efficient and in-store shopping more
pleasurable.

Although overall growth trends still firmly favour online
shopping, higher share prices flag investor faith in chains such
as UK video-game retailer Game Digital,
electrical-appliance group Dixons, and Swiss Mobilezone
.

Aug 1, 2014

UK’s FTSE hit by fall in financial stocks

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Financial stocks underperformed as
Britain’s top equity index fell to a three-week low on Friday,
while weak UK manufacturing data also weighed on the market.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.5
percent, or 30.20 points, at 6,699.91 points before the close of
trading.

Aug 1, 2014

UK’s FTSE hit by falls at banks and miners

LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index fell to
a three-week low on Friday, with banks and miners
underperforming, as jitters ahead of U.S. data that could
provide hints about the timing of a rate hike weighed on shares.

Weak UK manufacturing data on Friday also kept the London
stock market on the back foot, with the blue-chip FTSE 100
equity index down by 1.2 percent, or 83.01 points, at
6,647.10 points by the middle of the trading day.

Jul 31, 2014

Lloyds helps drag down Britain’s FTSE

July 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index fell on
Thursday as Lloyds Banking Group pulled down financial
stocks, and concerns about the impact on Europe of new sanctions
on Russia also made traders wary.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index closed down by 0.6
percent, or 43.33 points, at 6,730.11 points.

Jul 31, 2014

UK’s FTSE floored by weak financial stocks

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Britain’s top equity index fell
on Thursday as a drop at UK bank Lloyds hit financial
stocks, while concerns about the impact on Europe from tensions
between Russia and Ukraine also kept traders on the back foot.

The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.3
percent, or 16.79 points, at 6,756.65 points.

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.