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CMC Markets slumps on profit warning

Shares in CMC Markets tumbled on Tuesday after the online spreadbetting company warned that net operating income for 2019 will be below previous guidance following low volatility in the second quarter.

China says US putting 'knife to its neck', hard to continue trade talks

China's vice commerce minister said trade talks with the US are complicated at the moment and accused the US of bullying China and holding “a knife to its neck”.

WANdisco interim losses grow as order drop

Distributed computing firm WANdisco reported a drop in first-half revenues that saw the business’ losses deepen, with news of a large auto industry contract not enough to stop its shares dipping on Tuesday.

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Time Out Group narrows losses as it focuses on cost base

Media and entertainment business Time Out Group issued its unaudited half-year results for the six months ended 30 June on Tuesday, reporting 20% year-on-year growth in group revenue to £22. 4m, driven by a combination of underlying growth of 8%, and prior year acquisitions.

Criminals steal over £500m through UK fraud in the first half of 2018

Criminals have stolen a total of £503. 4m in authorised and unauthorised fraud from UK bank customers in the first half of 2018.

Own brands drive full-year growth at Swallowfield

Personal care and beauty products company Swallowfield announced its final results for the 53 weeks ended 30 June on Tuesday, reporting adjusted profit before tax of £5. 0m - a 37% improvement year-on-year.

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Good first half sees Corero aim for forecast-meeting full year

Network security company Corero updated the market on its trading for the six months ended 30 June on Tuesday, confirming that its results for the year ending 31 December were expected to be in-line with expectations.

Next Fifteen H1 profits and revenues rise, dividend lifted

Next Fifteen reported a jump in interim profit and revenue on Tuesday as it hiked its dividend.

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Core growth and acquisition drive Learning Technologies in first half

Integrated learning and talent software and services provider Learning Technologies Group announced its half-year results for the six months ended 30 June on Tuesday, reporting a 60% improvement in revenues to £33. 8m.

Keystone Law sees solid first half growth

Challenger law firm Keystone Law announced its interim results for the six months ended 31 July on Tuesday, reporting “strong” revenue growth of 29. 9% to £19. 9m.

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Pittards warns on tariffs after fall in UK hide orders

Pittards warned new global tariffs could affect its business as the leather producer reported falling UK hide manufacturing orders.

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SSE to buy other half of Seagreen Wind Energy

SSE announced on Tuesday that it was exercising its pre-emption right in the sale of Fluor's 50% share in Seagreen Wind Energy, established to develop offshore wind projects in the Firth of Forth Zone.

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Card Factory LFL revenues drop as footfall declines

Card Factory posted a drop in underlying pre-tax profit and like-for-like sales on Tuesday as it took a hit from extreme weather and consumer caution, but overall revenue rose and the retailer announced a special dividend.

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Low & Bonar warns on profits as polymer prices mount

Low & Bonar warned that profits for the full year would be "significantly lower" than previously predicted as the performance materials group found it hard to pass on increased raw materials prices to customers.

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Speedy Hire sees H1 revenues up 6.5%

Tools and equipment hire company Speedy Hire said on Tuesday that revenues for the first half are expected to have risen, while full-year adjusted pre-tax profit will be ahead of the previous year.

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Comcast's Sky bid goes mandatory after it buys 30% stake

Comcast said it had bought more than 30% of Sky’s shares to make its £30. 6bn cash bid for the UK broadcaster mandatory.

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Hotel Chocolat's profits sweeten as worldwide expansion targeted

Chocolatier and cocoa grower Hotel Chocolat on Tuesday reported a jump in first-half profits and set its sights on expansion into Scandinavia, Japan and the US.

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Peel Hunt downgrades JD Wetherspoon after recent strength

Peel Hunt downgraded JD Wetherspoon to ‘hold’ from ‘add’ on Tuesday following recent share price strength.

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London open: Next boosts retailers but trade worries remain

London stocks nudged a touch higher in early trade on Tuesday as the retail sector was boosted by a guidance upgrade from Next, but gains were limited amid ongoing concerns about the US-China trade conflict.

British American Tobacco appoints Jack Bowles as CEO

British American Tobacco has promoted Jack Bowles, currently chief operating officer of its international business, to the role of chief executive, succeeding Nicandro Durante.