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Irn-Bru maker AG Barr profit rises in choppy first half

AG Barr’s first half profit rose as the maker of Irn-Bru and other soft drinks steered a course through a soft drinks market made unpredictable by extreme weather and the introduction of the sugar tax.

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Next upgrades profit guidance and calls for Brexit clarity

Next raised its guidance for annual profit after the fashion retailer’s trading in August and early September was better than expected.

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Glencore adds another $1bn to share buyback programme

Glencore will buy back another $1bn of shares, it said on Tuesday as the commodities colossus approached the end of its previous $1bn share buyback.

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Card Factory revenue rises in first half, special divi announced

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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Polymetal's cost of borrowing to reduce as firm improves sustainability score

Polymetal has been classified as “a leader” in the diversified metals sector by independent environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and ratings firm Sustainalytics, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Close Brothers sees good growth in preliminary results

Close Brothers reported a “good performance” for the year ended 31 July in its preliminary results on Tuesday, with a 4% increase in adjusted operating profit to £278. 6m.

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Imperial Brands enjoys 'much stronger' tobacco pricing mix

Imperial Brands said its tobacco business was enjoying "much stronger" sales in the second half of the year and said it plans to launch its heat-not-burn tobacco product early in 2019.

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London pre-open: Stocks to edge lower amid trade worries; Next raises guidance

London stocks were set to edge lower at the open on Tuesday amid ongoing worries about the trade conflict between the US and China.

Imperial Brands tobacco enjoying 'much stronger' sales, Next raises guidance after solid summer

London open The FTSE 100 is expected to open three points lower on Tuesday, having closed down 0. 42% at 7,458. 41 on Monday.

Tuesday newspaper round-up: Brexit, business rates, Debenhams, Deliveroo

Theresa May has faced down cabinet critics of her Chequers plan and won backing from ministers to sell it to next week’s Conservative Party conference. The prime minister also secured cabinet agreement yesterday for a new immigration system after Brexit despite objections from Philip Hammond, the chancellor, on how the change should be managed. - The Times.

24 Sep
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US close: Markets mixed as trade tensions linger

US stocks finished on a mixed note on Monday, as trade tensions resurfaced after China called off planned trade talks with Washington over the weekend and as fresh tariffs on Chinese imports kick in.

24 Sep
FX round-up: Pound bounces, Turkish lira and Russian rouble in focus

The pound bounced back at the start of the week even after - in what observers said was a challenge to the Prime Minister - Tory rebels published their alternative to her Brexit plan and despite a weak reading on a widely-followed survey of factory sector conditions.

24 Sep
SOVA Capital believes Bank of Russia's next move will be a rate cut

Central Bank of Russia's recent decision to hike rates does not foreshadow that more interest rate hikes lay ahead, analysts at Sova Capital said.

24 Sep
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Tuesday preview: US housing data, Card Factory, AG Barr

The calendar for regularly-scheduled economic events is exceedingly light on Tuesday, with the main releases expected to be the US Federal Housing Finance Agency and S&P Case-Shiller's home price indices for the month of September.

24 Sep
Europe close: Negative trade headlines trigger profit-taking

Stocks on the Continent are seeing some slight selling after China announced at the weekend that it would postpone any further talk with Washington on trade until after the next mid-term elections.

24 Sep
Turkish lira boosted as Pompeo lets slip Brunson could be released soon

The Turkish lira was boosted on Monday (USD/TRY -3. 2% on the day at 6. 09) as the US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, let slip that the administration would be holding talks with Turkey regarding the release of Pastor Brunson.

24 Sep
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TLA ponders sale of US business with new financial advisor

Leading athlete representation and sports marketing business TLA Worldwide appointed FTI Capital Advisors as its new financial adviser on Monday as part of a strategic review.

24 Sep
London close: Stocks slip on trade concerns

London stocks finished lower on Monday, as miners slipped on China's withdrawal from trade talks, but oil prices hit a four-year high and Sky surged after Comcast outbid Fox for the broadcaster.

24 Sep
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FTSE 250 movers: Oil prices storm as Thomas Cook stuck in holiday hell

London's FTSE 250 was down 0. 34% at 20,520. 29 in afternoon trade on Monday.

24 Sep
Sector movers: Utilities and travel in the red, oilers gush

Oil companies led on the upside, but were outweighed by utilities and travel companies.