Shares in Whitbread have climbed on the expectation that two activist investors could force management to spin off its Costa Coffee chain from its Premier Inn business.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon said it was closing down its Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, following "bad publicity surrounding social media" in the wake of the Facebook privacy scandal and the increasing use of social media to 'troll' public figures such MPs.
Agriculture and engineering group Carr's surged on Monday as it posted a jump in first-half profit and said full-year results were likely to be "slightly ahead" of its previous expectations following a strong start to the second half.
Prime Minister Theresa May will have to face criticism from parliament on Monday after deciding on Friday evening to intervene in Syria by launching coordinated airstrikes with the US and France without having Commons approval.
Smurfit Kappa rose on Monday following reports that some of its largest investors have been pressuring the corrugated packaging company to enter into negotiations with International Paper if it comes back with another takeover offer.
Man Group began its share repurchase programme in earnest on Monday, confirming it was seeking to bring back up to $100m of its own stock for future employee incentives, or cancellation.
Polymetal International has reached an agreement with the Russian Copper Company for an all-share exchange of its Tarutin property in Russia, for 85% of RCC's East Tarutin property in Kazakhstan.
Gold producer Orosur Mining recorded an operating profit of $1. 68m from the third quarter of its current trading year thanks to continued mining at its San Gregorio gold project in Uruguay, but staff retrenchments and exploration programmes dragged the group to a loss.
Listed infrastructure investor HICL Infrastructure Company announced an investment in the biology, pharmacy and chemistry department of the Paris-Sud University PPP Project on Monday.
London stocks nudged a touch lower in early trade on Monday as investors assessed the impact of US-led airstrikes in Syria at the weekend, though Whitbread and Shire bright spots.
Specialty chemicals group Johnson Matthey announced the appointment of Patrick Thomas as chairman on Monday, succeeding Tim Stevenson.
London stocks were set for a marginally firmer open on Monday, with traders likely to be on edge as they await Russia's response to the US-led intervention in Syria.
Dismal weather kept consumers away from the high street last month, prompting the steepest drop in shopper numbers since the end of 2010. The number of people visiting shops in March dropped 6% compared with the same month last year after strong winds and snow hit the UK. A survey of Visa card users indicated that consumer spending slid 2% in March, rounding off a poor start to the year for the retail sector. - Guardian .