Gains in the FTSE 100 were pared back on Friday after a last-minute surge from the pound, as markets finished up for the week.
Retail stockbroker Share plc has been the subject of a takeover approach by rival Interactive Investor Services.
Barratt Developments will report to the market next week with the housebuilder expected to continue its strong run of form and shrug off Brexit pressures hitting the wider property sector.
MySale, the online group backed by Sir Philip Green and Mike Ashley, has sold British website Cocosa.co.uk in a £1.5 million deal to fashion retailer BrandAlley.
Sir Martin Sorrell’s new marketing communications venture has posted strong revenue and profit growth for the first quarter, helped by a string of new big-hitting clients.
Shopping centres owner Intu said it is braced for a “challenging” 2019 amid a rise in company voluntary arrangements among troubled retailers, as new chief Matthew Roberts set out his strategy to reduce debts.
Takeover target Provident is to ramp up cost-cutting measures as it continues to battle a £1.3 billion hostile approach from rival Non-Standard Finance (NSF).
Precision engineering firm GS Brown Limited has moved to an employee ownership structure to secure the future of the company in Fife.
HSBC has posted better-than-expected first quarter profits as the banking giant was boosted by the performance of its retail banking and wealth management units.
Plans to safeguard the future of cash – from copper coins to larger banknotes – have been set out by the Government.