Market Report: Marks and Spencer tumbles after online orders delays leave customers waiting two weeks for products

Christmas shopping can be a nightmare at the best of times but at least you’d think the shops would have a handle on it all – not so Marks & Spencer, apparently.

Market Report: City attempts to play match maker for Vodafone

The City continues to play match maker for a reluctant Vodafone, wondering out loud about potential deals that the telecoms giant could do.

Market Report: A grim outlook for iron ore sent mining shares into a tailspin

With all the attention on falling oil prices lately, it’s easy to forget that iron isn’t faring much better.

Market Report: TalkTalk seeks to spoil BT's party

Speculators are taking flight from BT on signs that the telecoms giant might not have it all its own way.

Market Report: Prepare for a blockbuster deal in the oil industry

If the City rumour mill is to be believed, prepare for a blockbuster deal in the oil industry.

Market Report: Ukrainian government throws another spanner in the gas works

The government decreed on Saturday that major Ukrainian industrial companies must buy their gas from state-owned operator Naftogaz for the next three month

Market Report: Black Friday means big sales

Tills were ringing out across the country and traders were taking note.

Market Report: A dream day for airlines

It was a dream day for airlines. First, oil prices turned the clocks back to 2010. Then the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution called for Holyrood to be handed control over air passenger duty (APD). The Scottish National Party has pledged to cut or even scrap the tax.

Market Report: City predicts crunch in the property sector

The business of flogging homes is hotting up.

Market Report: Analysts predict wave of consolidation in mobile operator sector

It’s still early days for a potential deal between BT and either O2 or EE, but breathless analysts are already predicting a wave of consolidation in the sector.

Market Report: Smith & Nephew climbs amid hopes that the US company Stryker could still pounce

Most of the pharmaceutical takeovers touted over summer fizzled out, but speculators are hoping at least one tie-up could come to fruition.

Market Report: Troubled outsourcer Serco faces further difficulties

Things aren’t getting any easier for Serco.

Market Report: A good day for industry as Johnson Matthey posts 2 per cent rise

It was a good day for industry as the catalytic converter specialist Johnson Matthey climbed 189p to 3,341p as it posted a 2 per cent rise in underlying pre-tax profit even though revenue fell by 25 per cent. Meanwhile, the engineer Babcock International surged 66p to 1,184p thanks to a 24 per cent jump in first-half revenues, with much of that down to the recent £1.6bn acquisition of the helicopter company Avincis. It has also been named preferred bidder for the soon-to-be privatised Ministry of Defence agency that maintains the Army’s tanks.

Market Report: Pubs go in to freefall

Britain’s biggest pub companies are crying into their pints.

Market Report: Oil prices shot - but it won't last forever

Oil prices are shot but don’t assume it will last forever.

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