The Week Ahead: Tesco set to reveal first-quarter sales

Top of the reporting agenda this week is Tesco, which is set to reveal how first-quarter sales have fared on Friday.

Market report: Fidelity fires starting gun on bid for Colt

The starting gun has been fired on Colt Group’s privatisation. The US asset management giant Fidelity has made a 190p-a-share bid for the FTSE 250 telecoms provider in a cash deal worth £1.72bn.

Market Report: Sirius Minerals hit by York Moors planning report

The odds are stacking up against Sirius Minerals. More than four years on from the acquisition of the potash project on the North York Moors National Park, the AIM-listed company, down 3.25p to 18.25p, is no closer to getting the green light to build a fertiliser mine.

Market Report: Credit Suisse advises clients to steer clear of Britain's beleaguered supermarkets

Credit Suisse’s number-crunchers did not pull any punches in their analysis of Britain’s beleaguered supermarkets: “We see few opportunities within a group that has historically misallocated capital, is faced with extreme competitive pressures and operates in a very low-growth environment,” they said.

Market Report: Morgan Stanley puts Ladbrokes at the top of its betting slip

Bet on a Ladbrokes recovery is the message from Morgan Stanley’s own tipsters.

Market Report: Investors take the money and run in housebuilding sector

Two players, Crest Nicholson and Berkeley Group, report earnings this week

Market Report: Ted Baker continues to strut its stuff

Ted Baker continues to strut its stuff. Strong demand for the fashion chain’s spring and summer collection helped drive sales up by 24.2 per cent in the 18 weeks to 6 June. The FTSE 250 company, which rose 35p to 2,850p, revealed that retail sales grew 18.9 per cent in the period, while online and wholesale sales increased by 46.9 per cent and 41.2 per cent respectively.

Market Report: Short-sellers raid Edi Truell’s Tungsten Corporation

The well-known City financier’s digital invoicing group has tanked on the junior market this year

Market Report: Government wastes no time in banking its Royal Mail profit

The Chancellor also announced last that up to 1 per cent of its remaining stake will be given to Royal Mail staff

AstraZeneca has been beefing up its drug pipeline in an effort to offset expiring patents

Market Report: Claims AstraZeneca has made $200-a-share offer for Receptos

AstraZeneca has joined the pharmaceutical sector’s M&A party, or so rumour has it. The British drug maker, which spent much of 2014 batting away interest from US heavyweight Pfizer, is said to have made a $200-a-share offer for Receptos, which values the San Diego-based firm at £4.1bn.

Market Report: Shire looks to have turned the tables on its suitors

That perennial bid target Shire looks to have turned the tables on its suitors by embarking on the acquisition trail.

Market Report: Analysts pull out all the proverbs to persuade clients to ditch Betfair

Analysts at Numis Securities pulled out all the stock market proverbs in their lockers, as well as some new ones, to persuade clients to ditch Betfair.

Market Report: Chancellor cashes in on Royal Mails rise

The recent rise in Royal Mail shares has not gone unnoticed by George Osborne, with the Chancellor deciding to cash in on the postal service’s 22 per cent rise in 2015.

Market Report: 'Significant uncertainties' could derail Playtech's £460m takeover of Plus500

The Plus500 saga might have some distance to run yet. That’s the opinion of Jonathan Goslin at Numis, who claims “significant uncertainties” remain which could derail Playtech’s £460m takeover of the online trading group.

Market Report: Mining stocks recovery gives FTSE a boost

A recovery from mining stocks gave the FTSE 100 a much-needed afternoon pick-me-up.

Larry Fink, the boss of fund manager BlackRock , is among those sounding the alarm
If we turn a blind eye to this problem, we are in danger of excessively discounting our own future prosperit, says Ben Chu
Amazon have just launched their new streaming service in the UK
Jeff Bezos says his Prime Music service is 'the best bargain in the history of shopping'. Ian Burrell wonders whether British listeners will agree
Autumn is a magical time of year here in London. However; once the clocks go back one hour in late October, getting up for work in the mornings will become an increasingly dark and cold affair, whilst the days become brief.
The UK is still behind the US and China
Apple has accumulated piles of cash – how should it spend it?
The Bank of England’s chief economist is the latest to warn that companies’ dividend payouts are too high while investment is too low. Ben Chu reports
On a high: the 24-arch Ribblehead Viaduct symbolises this scenic railway
Ideology can contribute nothing to debates about privatisation
The stresses of modern life are thought to have created
These are the UK companies with the best work-life balance
Cans of fizzy drinks
Coca-Cola said that global sales of Diet Coke fell 7% on the same quarter last year
Visitors shop around Samsung's smart-phones at a shopping mall in Seoul, South Korea
Investors fear that the smartphone market might be reaching its limit
Losing its shine? The precious metal has previously been a good bet in turbulent times
Five tonnes of gold were dumped on the Shanghai exchange yesterday, pushing the price to its lowest since 2010. Has this safe haven had its day? Russell Lynch reports
A pro-Euro protester holds an umbrella with the European Union symbol during a rally in front of the parliament building in Athens
The euro is a capricious god, meting out punishment to sinners and saints alike, writes Matt O'Brien
A Greek protester casts German leader Angela Merkel in the role of villain. Neither side is blameless
Ben Chu on why there are times when only statistics will do
While Iran still has vast reserves, some fields will need Western technology to fully exploit resources
With prices falling and equipment issues raised, post-sanctions investment might be risky. But Tom Bawden finds it may prove irresistible...
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There aren’t 3D holograms in shops yet, but the sort of targeted advertising demonstrated in Minority Report is possible today, and Apple Pay’s spending profiles could help it to happen
As Apple's new mobile-based payment system launches in the UK, questions remain over security and privacy, as it can collect a detailed profile of its users’ shopping habits. Jamie Nimmo reports on the new contactless technology
Beside the seaside: A glorious vista missed
A strong pound, tight visa restrictions and poor accessibility are causing money-spending tourists to skip the UK, writes Joanna Bourke
George Osborne holds up the red briefcase outside No 11 Downing Street
The Chancellor has loosened the squeeze on day-to-day Whitehall spending - but why? Ben Chu explains
Investors use computers to trade stocks at a brokerage office in Beijing
Beijing is getting desperate as its stock markets continue to plummet. Ben Chu looks at the unique conditions behind the 'Great Fall of China' headlines
Tour operators Thomas Cook and Tui have cut forecasts for this year
Travel companies may be feeling the pinch as Aegean holidays dwindle, but car sales are buoyant, says Jamie Nimmo
Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ counselled against debt
'Neither a borrower nor a lender be,' burbled Shakespeare’s Polonius. Ben Chu says it’s worth asking: Why do we borrow?
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire

Jim Armitage says that while it may sound good the $500m project has many pitfalls

The Chinese way: many investors haven’t completed high school

Shanghai Duolun Industry, a Chinese real estate company, managed to win over investors with a little re-branding in May. Ana Swanson reports.

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