FTSE tumbles on Tesco share price turmoil as banks take a hit – London Report

first_img Express KCS Share Britain’s main equity index yesterday fell to one-month lows, hit by supermarket retailer Tesco’s fourth profit warning this year.Shares in Tesco at one stage fell as much as 17 per cent to their lowest in around 14 years, wiping some £2.6bn off the firm’s market capitalisation. It later regained some ground to close 6.6 per cent lower at 174.90p.Tesco blamed its lower profit forecast on the cost of trying to recover from an accounting scandal and a slide in its market share.The FTSE 100 index ended 2.1 per cent down at 6,529.47 points — near its lowest in a month. The FTSE also suffered its biggest one-day fall since a 2.8 per cent drop on 15 October.However, in spite of the market pullback, Charles Hanover Invest­ments’ partner Dafydd Davies still expected the FTSE to rally to 6,800 points by the end of 2014. Tesco’s tumble had a knock-on affect in the rest of the retail sector.Sainsbury slipped 1.78 per cent to 231.60p, Morrisons was down 4.43 per cent at 176.70p and Ocado lost 4.53 per cent to 334.80p.Banks came under pressure on worries about the effect of another Eurozone crisis on their balance sheets.Barclays dropped 3.5 per cent to 238.50p and Lloyds Banking Group ended 2.33 per cent lower at 78.54p.With the recent plunge in oil and base metal prices, commodity companies continued to come under pressure, with BHP Billiton down 1.64 per cent at 1,413.50p.Afren fell 5.94 per cent to 38.82p, while Enquest ended down 4.08 per cent at 40.95p.But with investors seeking havens, gold moved higher and pushed Randgold Resources 3.56 per cent higher to 4,335p and Fresnillo up 2.45 per cent to 733p.Security group G4S added 2.12 per cent to 279.8p after Credit Suisse moved from neutral to outperform, but Shire slid 1.81 per cent to 243.50p as Bank of America Merrill Lynch cut from “buy” to “neutral”.Coca-Cola HBC, the bottling business, dropped 5.27 per cent to 1,329p on concerns about its operations in Greece and Russia.Lower down the market, cloud computer company Iomart – where Cinven made and then withdrew a 300p a share takeover bid earlier in the year – slumped 21.54 per cent to 178.50p despite reporting 27 per cent growth in full year profits to £8m. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com FTSE tumbles on Tesco share price turmoil as banks take a hit – London Report Tuesday 9 December 2014 8:14 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: Company FTSE 100last_img read more

From Vibease to Elon Musk’s underwhelming big reveal, here are nine of the worst inventions of 2014

first_imgSaturday 13 December 2014 7:36 am Show Comments ▼ Catherine Neilan Tags: Elon Musk People Review of the year 2014 From Vibease to Elon Musk’s underwhelming big reveal, here are nine of the worst inventions of 2014 Sharecenter_img whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? 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This is all about the worst inventions of 2014, and there have been some real crackers. If you end up with one of these under the tree, you know your family hate you. 1. Pizza Hut’s mind-reading menu appWe’re pretty certain the main reason for not being able to choose what to eat in Pizza Hut is for reasons other than indecision, but just in case, the restaurant chain has come up with an app, developed by Tobii, that “reads your mind” to pick out your favourite toppings. It works by registering what you look at for longer and assumes that’s because you love it, rather than because you are trying to work out what it is. This video shows that process in action: 2. Tesla’s non-self-driving carOne of the most anticipated tech reveals of the year turned out to be a very damp squib indeed. Elon Musk’s tweet prior to the launch got everyone thinking it would be the unveiling of a self-driving car. Instead it turned out to be a more efficient electric car. That’s the kind of anti-climax that sends share prices down. But tantalisingly, the Tesla D does have autopilot features so it can park itself and drive “slowly” to you. If we hadn’t been picturing Kitt, we would have been impressed.  The Tesla D. Not self-driving (Source: Getty)3. This remote controlled vibratorThere’s been a lot of chat about wearable technology this year, but so far many of the gadgets have been pretty awful. Topping the list of WTF (wearable technology fails) has to be the Vibease. It’s a wearable smart vibrator. Yep, that’s right. Users create their own “immersive sensual experience” by setting an “audio fantasy” –  a song, or a recording of someone’s voice. It also has a remote control feature, which means the user’s partner can control “the vibrations from anywhere in the world”. But what happens if it falls into the wrong hands, I hear you ask? Don’t even think about it.  Vibease. If your partner is a bit Christian Grey (Source: Vibease) 4.  The app that says nothing but “yo”Yes, it raised more than $1m in venture capital funding, but how useful can a messaging service be that says one word? If you want to be really picky, it’s not even a real word. Yo’s developer Or Arbel claims sending the same message in other platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook or Snapchat would take 11 taps versus its one. “The possibilities are endless,” it added. Er, yeah… don’t Yo us, we’ll Yo you.    Simple is as simple does (Source: Yo)5. This Willy Wonka rip-off glass elevatorGerman company ThyssenKrupp invented a cable-free lift that moves horizontally and vertically, just like the eponymous Glass Elevator of Roald Dahl’s glorious imagination. But unlike Dahl’s creation, the lift cannot go into space. Looking at the video, it does not appear to be made of glass. So close, and yet so far.  6. DronesTechnically not a new invention for 2014, but it was certainly the year they really took off (ahem). Whether it’s to bomb unsuspecting terrorists/innocent people millions of miles away or to drop off your shopping, drones have clearly got troublemaker stamped on their rear. Just think of all the aerial wedding pictures you’re going to have to suffer through. The best you can hope is that they all hit the happy couple in the head like the below video. 7. Working robotsThey’re all after our jobs. Even the ones that just watch online videos. C’mon guys, we’re just coming out of the recession! Quite rightly the people in this image, showing one of hundreds of robot waiters, look alarmed.   8. This not-at-all convincing hoverboardNext year is the year Back to the Future II promised us hoverboards. But as we draw to the end of this year, it’s really starting to look unlikely. The closest invention out there appears to be this Hendo prototype, created by California tech company Arx Pax. But as it only runs for 15 minutes and costs $10,000, we don’t think Marty McFly would be impressed. 9. Another ironic not-phoneOMG, totes hilares guys! you’ve raised $18 grand for a phone that’s not a phone. And guess what – it comes with so many amusing features like being battery free, shatterproof and waterproof. We’ve never seen that before! Lol!   last_img read more

The 100 City people you need to follow on Twitter this year, day three: Chairmen and chief executives

first_img The 100 City people you need to follow on Twitter this year, day three: Chairmen and chief executives Share whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp Tags: Twitter More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Last year was a tough one to be a leader in the City. As regulators got tough on businesses in the finance, energy and infrastructure sectors, there was a moral panic about who pays how much tax, with various companies having their dirty washing put unceremoniously on display.So you can forgive chairmen and chief executives for being unwilling to put themselves at the mercy of their critics on social media. But there are a brave few who have decided to take on the masses and, in the interests of transparency (or just because they have a lot to say), venture on to Twitter. Tweeting bosses: we salute you. Here are the 20 you need to follow in 2015.1.Luke [email protected], Risk Capital PartnersLuke Johnson chairman of http://www.riskcapitalpartners.co.uk ; http://www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk ; http://www.gailsbread.co.uk . Luke writes weekly at http://www.ft.com 2.Helena [email protected] executive, NewtonCEO Newton, Chair IMA. Wife of @handofflowers & mother of nine wonderful children. Working for diversity at all levels with @30percentclub & @OpportunityNow13.Seb [email protected] executive, Dixons CarphoneCEO, Dixons Carphone plc, always keen to hear from customers & colleagues. I can’t always reply to every tweet but my teams at @knowhowtohelp and @cpwcares will4.Bill [email protected] executive, Hermitage CapitalCEO Hermitage Capital and Head of Global Magnitsky Justice campaign.5.Paul [email protected] executive, TSBCEO TSB Bank plc | Keep up to date on TSB at @TSB_news | For customer queries please use @TSB6.Simon [email protected] executive, ARMCEO of ARM, on the boards of EDAC and the GSA. Interested in all things technology related. British and based in Silicon Valley.7.John [email protected] executive, PearsonI’m the chief executive of @PearsonPLC, the world’s leading learning company.8.Rupert [email protected] executive, SercoInterested in: people, public policy, the eccentric and absurd, the countryside. Proud to be CEO of Serco.9.Steve [email protected] executive, National GridChief Executive of National Grid plc. This account is run by the exec office and tweets from Steve are signed SH. Tweet him about #STEM #skillsgap10.Xavier [email protected] executive, London Stock Exchange GroupCEO, London Stock Exchange Group11.Rakesh [email protected]_Chief executive, Reckitt BenckiserNo bio12.Ruby [email protected] executive, Mitie GroupChief Executive Mitie Group plc ,Senior Independent Director of PageGroup PLC, trustee of BITC,non -exec of DCMS.Passionate about growing Mitie.13.Ronan [email protected] executive, Telefónica UKCEO O2 Telefónica UK. Trustee StepUpToServe. Insider’s view of leading a digital services business (+rugby/football!). For latest O2 news & help, say Hi to @O214.Peter [email protected] executive, InformaChief Executive of Informa Plc15.Harriet [email protected] chief executive, Thomas Cook*Woman, Wife, Mother, Non Exec Director and now cyclist! Instagram. Harrietgreen116.Hermann [email protected] and chief executive, Amadeus Capital PartnersPartner Amadeus Capital Partners, serial entrepreneur.17.Stephen [email protected] executive, Sage GroupChief Executive of @sagegroupplc. Passionate about supporting SMEs & promoting their role in driving economic growth, job creation and wider prosperity18.Samir [email protected] executive, Amec Foster WheelerChief Executive of Amec Foster Wheeler. Leading by example – safety, people development and a sustainable future matter [to me].19.Martin [email protected] and chief executive, Aberdeen Asset ManagementCo-founder & CEO of Aberdeen Asset Management, a FTSE100 company. Born in Malaysia, educated in Aberdeen, married with 3 kids. Enjoy golf, sailing & skiing.20.Jasmine [email protected] executive, Save the Children InternationalCEO Save the Children International.  *We’ve chosen to include Harriet Green, despite the fact she’s stepped down as chief executive of Thomas Cook. This is partly because we’re pretty sure that, having turned around Thomas Cook, she’ll be back in a senior role in 2015 – and partly because her Instagram account is better than most of our friends’.Follow the entire week’s list as a Twitter list, or see the entrepreneurs and the analysts you need to follow. Wednesday 7 January 2015 4:56 am Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Eurozone GDP grew 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014

first_img whatsapp Tags: Eurozone Emma Haslett Eurozone GDP grew 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.com After a fractious few days for Eurozone leaders, this should come as a relief: a growth in the 18-nation bloc rose to 0.3 per cent in the final quarter of 2014, a preliminary estimate showed this morning, beating analyst estimates of 0.2 per cent. Eurostat, the region’s official statistics authority, said that puts total growth in 2014 up to 0.9 per cent, just beating expectations of 0.8 per cent growth. Growth in the EU28, which includes the UK, hit 0.4 per cent, up from 0.3 per cent in the previous quarter. Over the full year, growth hit 1.4 per cent.Figures out earlier this morning showed German growth jumped to 0.7 per cent during the quarter, from 0.1 per cent during the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, French GDP rose a less encouraging 0.3 per cent. Despite the better-than-expected figure, though, it is nonetheless anaemic. Last month it slipped further into deflation, with prices falling 0.6 per cent, down from a 0.2 per cent fall in December.At the time, analysts suggested the figure “fully vindicated” the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to launch a t €1.2 trillion bond-buying programme. However, rock-bottom oil prices are still causing concern.Today Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at IHS Global Insight, pointed out that oil prices will lead to a “markedly weaker euro”.  Appreciable stimulus is now coming from very weak oil prices, a markedly weaker euro and increasingly accomodative monetary policy, which will now be supplemented by the ECB’s Quantitative Easing program. The marked retreat in the euro to recently hit an 11-year low of US$1.1098 is very helpful for Eurozone competitiveness and growth prospects while the appreciable retreat in oil prices to a recent near six-year low of US$45.2/barrel are helping companies’ margins as well as consumers’ purchasing power. Furthermore, markedly lower oil prices should be helpful overall to global growth prospects, which would benefit Eurozone exports in tandem with the weaker euro.Greek tragedyMeanwhile, Greek GDP contracted 0.2 per cent, a disappointing performance considering analysts had expected growth of 0.2 per cent. The figures followed days of negotiations among Eurozone leaders, as Greece’s new anti-austerity Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sought to cancel its bailout deal. Last night German leader Angela Merkel remained firm on the point that “Europe’s credibility depends on us sticking to rules”, although she added that a compromise was possible. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Friday 13 February 2015 5:04 am Sharelast_img read more

Five takeaways from the European Central Bank’s April press conference

first_img Show Comments ▼ Five takeaways from the European Central Bank’s April press conference You may have been slightly distracted when a glitter-wielding protester leapt onto the table infront of European Central Bank governor Mario Draghi today. If so, here’s a quick re-cap of one of the more memorable pressers:Greek debt negotiations: Draghi emphasised that the ball remains in Greece’s court. The further provision of Emergency Liquidiy Assistance (ELA) – which is keeping the cash-strapped country afloat – “is entirely in the hands of the Greek government and the negotiations that are taking place,” he said.Greece is currently trying to come up with a set of acceptable economic reforms in order to secure further funding. Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will jet off to the US tonight to meet President Barack Obama, as well as the lawyer who helped Greece restructure its debt in 2012.Economic outlook: The ECB said that euro area’s economic outlook has become more balanced amid recent monetary policy conditions, falling oil prices and a lower exchange rate. Availability concerns: Draghi moved to quell doubts over whether the ECB would run out of bonds to buy. “We believe these worries are … premature [and] certainly not supported by the evidence.” Duration doubts: And he assured investors by reiterating Frankfurt’s commitment to its massive quantitative easing programme.”Our focus will be on the full implementation of our monetary policy measures,” he said. “Purchases are intended to run until the end of September 2016 and, in any case, until we see a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation that is consistent with our aim of achieving inflation rates below, but close to, 2 percent over the medium term.”This built on previous dismissals by Draghi of suggestions that the ECB would scale-down stimulus sooner-than-expected, but other Eurozone officials have said the programme could wind up sooner if the inflation goal – of just under two per cent – is reached ahead of expectations.No bubbles: Despite quantitative easing leading to extremely low bond yields across the Eurozone Draghi said that “so far [the ECB] have not seen any evidence of a bubble.” Jessica Morris whatsapp whatsapp Share Wednesday 15 April 2015 10:03 am More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Topps Tiles says DIY is shrinking

first_img whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com whatsapp Express KCS by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Pastcenter_img Tuesday 19 May 2015 8:55 pm TOPPS TILES boss Matt Williams said consumers were shifting away from carrying out DIY projects themselves, as the growth of its trades business helped the retailer post better-than-expected first-half profits. Williams said trade sales increased to 48.3 per cent of the business from 44 per cent last year.“People are becoming more adventurous with their tiling projects. It means people are moving in the opposite direction [to DIY], creating the need to bring a professional fitter in,” he said. His comments come after fellow home improvement chain Homebase said earlier this year they bemoaned the rise of a generation less skilled in DIY projects, adding that it was partly to blame for the closure of a quarter of its estate. Topps Tiles, which has 343 stores across the UK, reported a 13.8 per cent increase in pre-tax profits to £9.1m in the first half of the year, ahead of analyst expectations. Total sales grew by 6.4 per cent, with like-for-like sales up 5.1 per cent.The retailer said it will extend the trial of its smaller Topps Tiles Boutique stores from seven to 13 by the end of the year, opening in affluent locations such as Chelsea. Topps Tiles says DIY is shrinking Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

United Utilities sees benefit of improvements

first_img WATER company United Utilities increased revenue and underlying profit in the year to 31 March, and said progress over the past five years in operational performance and customer service helped to drive the numbers up. Revenue grew to £1.72bn from £1.69bn in 2014, while underlying profit went up by £30m to £664m. Chief executive Steve Mogford said the firm’s operational improvements gave it a good platform to deliver further value for customers and added that the group intends to grow investors’ dividends by “at least RPI inflation” for the next five years. Thursday 21 May 2015 8:59 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org United Utilities sees benefit of improvements Share Express KCS Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

Queen’s Speech 2015: What is it, why is it happening and what will be announced?

first_img Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 26 May 2015 11:02 am Joe Hall What is the Queen’s Speech?The Queen’s Speech takes place at the beginning of every new parliamentary session when the government’s legislative plans are laid out. The Queen reveals a number of proposed bills for new laws and outlines policies in a speech drawn up by the government.It’s an age-old tradition that dates back to the 16th century in various forms. It has existed in its current format since 1852 following the re-opening of the Palace of Westminster.When and where? The speech will be read from the throne at House of Lords Chamber at around 11.30am on Wednesday, 15 minutes after the Queen arrives at the Houses of Parliament through the Sovereign’s Entrance.The motion for humble address takes place at 2.30pm for the Commons and 3.30pm for the Lords, where both are invited to thank the Queen before kicking-off a debate around the government’s legislative measures in earnest.What will be announced?There’s always one or two surprises expected to be dropped in somewhere during the speech but EU membership immigration, city devolution, adjustments to strike laws and the repeal of the human rights act are all expected to feature heavily this year.Read more: Everything we know about the 2015 Queen’s Speech so far”The Black Rod” David Leakey. (Source: Getty)How does it play out?Naturally, the Queen’s Speech is a lavish ceremonial event which begins with a procession – escorted by the Household Cavalry – from Buckingham Palace to Westminster. Dressed in the Robe of the State and the Imperial State Crown (complete with more than 2,000 diamonds) the Queen leads the procession through the Houses of Parliament’s Royal Gallery in front of hundreds of guests.The House of Lords official – called “the Black Rod” – is sent to the Commons chamber before having the door slammed shut in his face to symbolise the government’s independence from the crown.Anything else?Listen out for Dennis Skinner – the veteran Labour MP – often has a comment or two to spark a few chuckles before the speech gets underway. In fact he has made something of a name for himself cracking jokes at the expense of the government, Commons and Lords officials and even sometimes the royal household.  Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmNovelodgePierce Brosnan’s Wife Lost 120 Pounds – This Is Her NowNovelodgeTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past whatsapp Queen’s Speech 2015: What is it, why is it happening and what will be announced? Share whatsapplast_img read more

Countdown to Grexit: Every event this week which will decide the fate of Greece

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Countdown to Grexit: Every event this week which will decide the fate of Greece What’s that shuffling sound we hear on the wind? The gentle rustle of European leaders trying to reorganise their diaries as the number of meetings over the continent’s problem child – Greece – begin to stack up?We now know Greeks don’t want austerity measures, but Alexis Tsipras, the country’s Prime Minister, is determined to stay in the Eurozone. He promised voters Greek negotiators will have a stronger position if they rejected bailout terms. On the other hand, those in the creditors’ camp have been pretty clear that a “no” vote meant Greece leaving the euro. Nevertheless, various leaders have scheduled various get-togethers this week. Here’s what their diaries are looking like – and all the meetings likely to decide Greece’s fate. whatsapp Monday 6 July 2015 5:11 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyBuzzdaily WinnersCasinos Don’t Expect You To Do This; But They Can’t Stop You.Buzzdaily Winnerszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comcenter_img Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: Greek debt crisis whatsapp Emma Haslett last_img read more

Small businesses growing amid underwhelming export figures

first_imgSmall-and medium-sized manufacturers saw growth in the three months to July, despite a dramatic fall in export prices, according to a new survey out today.According to the latest Confederation of British Industry (CBI) SME trends survey, companies reported steady growth in domestic orders, a rise in output in line with expectations and a slight uptick in business optimism. But new export orders fell and export prices dropped off sharply, falling at their fastest pace since October 2003. The CBI said such a slide in prices would likely limit export orders in the next quarter.Commenting on the results, Anna Leach, head of economic analysis at the CBI, said: “The relative strength of the pound against the euro is hitting export orders and margins. This, alongside uncertainty regarding Greece, threatens growth prospects in the Eurozone.” Small businesses growing amid underwhelming export figures Show Comments ▼ Sunday 2 August 2015 10:58 pm Share Express KCS More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.com whatsapp whatsapp Tags: Small businesslast_img read more