Market Report: Laura Ashley profit and shares jump

The British retailer best known for its chintzy fabrics and dresses has made a dramatic return to fashion, as profit and shares jumped yesterday.

Market Report: SuperGroup roars back

The embattled fashion brand SuperGroup has come roaring back to prove the doubters wrong.

Market report: 888 buoyed by Permira buyout talk as FTSE soars on Ukraine peace negotiations

Talk that private equity could be sniffing around 888 propelled the online gaming group to a 15-week high today, in an ebullient market.

Market Report: Anglo American chief open to an offer

It’s not often the boss of a takeover target that sparks the deal chatter, but yesterday Anglo American chief Mark Cutifani sent City pulses racing after signalling he was open to an offer.

Market Report: Dixons Carphone soars as Vodafone hangs up on Phones 4U

With markets in the US closed for Labor Day, the FTSE 100 was quiet

Market Report: Bwin.Party excite investors by throwing sink at problems

Management at Bwin.Party are throwing the kitchen sink at its problems and investors are excited.

Market Report: A bumper six months for Chime Communications

A bumper summer of sport has meant a bumper six months for Chime Communications, the marketing group whose fast-growing sports arm is chaired by Olympic legend Lord Coe.

Market Report: Asos bid rumours see fashion retailer jump by almost 7 per cent

Is Asos in play? On a quiet day for the markets, the online fashion retailer jumped almost 7 per cent in brisk trade as rumours percolated that a bid could be in the works.

Market Report: Entire European retail sector hit with downgrade to 'negative outlook'

Barclays is checking out of shops, forecasting storm clouds on the horizon for retailers. Christodoulos Chaviaras, an analyst at the bank, hit the entire European retail sector with a downgrade to “negative outlook”, arguing a looming rise in rates and tightening of monetary policy is likely to put the squeeze on household spending.

Market Report: City pulses set racing by speculation two dead-in-the-water deals could be back on

Traders and M&A bankers can be a hopeful lot sometimes. Yesterday City pulses were set racing by speculation that two dead-in-the-water deals could be back on: a takeover of AstraZeneca by Pfizer and a swoop for Vodafone from AT&T.

Market Report: FirstGroup surge puts halt to month-long price decline

Investors rushing to get a ticket for FirstGroup sent the transport group surging on the mid-cap index yesterday, putting a halt to a near month-long price decline.

Market Report: Quindell's firm rebuttal of fraud accusations sparks rally

It can be tough being a Quindell investor, but at least it’s never boring.

Could the cloud computing specialist Iomart be the target of a fresh bid?

In July, the Glasgow-based company rejected two approaches from Host Holdings Europe, which is backed by the private equity firm Cinven.

Market Report: Holiday season sees Tui Travel in demand

With much of the City on holiday, Tui Travel is in demand. The travel group climbed 7.8p to 369.7p in strong trade after great results from its German parent company Tui AG, which is piloting a £5.6bn merger with its UK subsidiary. It revealed a 89 per cent jump in third-quarter profits.

Market Report: The mixed fortunes of the FTSE 250’s biggest risers and fallers

The glut of companies joining the stock market with ever more ludicrous valuations has finally dried up. But what of the businesses that took the plunge?

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