London stocks nudged higher in early trade on Tuesday as investors sifted through a raft of corporate news ahead of the release of the latest UK inflation figures.
JD Sports said on Tuesday that it expects pre-tax profit for the year to 3 February 2018 to be ahead of market expectations following a strong second half.
Provident Financial reported "progress" in the final quarter of the year but 20% fewer new customer bookings for its Vanquis Bank arm and said it expects losses from its doorstep lending business to be at the larger end of expectations.
One in four of Britain’s poorest households are falling behind with debt payments or spending more than a quarter of their monthly income on repayments, according to a study. The latest evidence of mounting debt problems for some of the most vulnerable in society is shown in a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with the poorest tenth of households more likely to be in net debt, owing more on plastic or on overdrafts and loans than they hold in savings.
FTSE 250 hospital group Spire Healthcare confirmed its previous guidance for 2017 on Tuesday.
National Express expects changes to the US tax system that came into effect at the beginning of this month to reduce its effective tax rate to the low 20s from the high 20s.
Tate & Lyle has promoted current chief financial officer Nick Hampton to the role of chief executive with effect from 1 April 2018.
Asset manager Ashmore posted a jump in assets under management for the three months to the end of December amid strong net inflows.
London stocks were set for a positive open on Tuesday following an upbeat session in Asia, as investors eyed the latest inflation figures.
Following the collapse of construction and outsourcing group Carillion, the government said it will take on some contracts and others will be re-tendered to other contractors.
The US dollar spot index continued to give back ground at the start of the week amid what analysts at UniCredit Research described as a "symphony of factors" conspiring to the advantage of the single currency.
Upstream exploration and production company JKX Oil and Gas has successfully completed its workover project on its IG101Z well in Ukraine, the first drilling operation conducted by its local operator since 2015.
Berenberg upped its price target on GKN to 455p from 365p on Monday, sticking with its 'buy' rating as it said it seems inevitable the engineer will end up being owned by Melrose Industries, after it rejected a £7bn bid last week.
John Batting, executive director of pensions consulting and administration business Xafinity, forked out more than £121,000 on Monday to pick up shares.
South-American focussed gold producer Orosur Mining produced a loss in the three months leading to 31 December, as growing operating profits were wiped out by higher levels of depreciation and costs associated to staff retrenchments.
Undergraduates are voluntarily filling labour gaps at the NHS as it struggles to cope with the winter crisis.
Shares in plastic components supplier Carclo tanked on Monday morning, as the West Yorkshire-based firm announced that its chairman and finance director had stood down after issuing a profit warning for last year and this.
AIM-listed speciality pharmaceutical group Sinclair Pharma grew revenues by a fifth over the twelve months ended 31 December, as the effort put toward restructuring its European operations began to bear fruit.
Tuesday will determine whether inflation has exceeded Bank of England of England governor Mark Carney's target for the second month in a row, while January's deluge of retail updates continues on Tuesday with Dunelm, Greggs and JD Sports.
Japanese company SoftBank is studying floating 30% of its mobile phone business SoftBank Corp. in Tokyo and overseas, possibly in the autumn.