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All those new business start-ups that the Government keeps promoting need new homes, and the likes of Regus have been providing them with just that.

UK media prepares for a crunch week

Heading into a week packed with half-year results from the UK media sector, analysts expect the winners and losers to line up according to their exposure to the febrile consumer market.

Market Report: Shares catch a chill from sick US mortgage duo

The health – or lack of it – of the American banking system provided an ominous backdrop to trading in London, as worries grew that there could be more bad news from the troubled US financial sector.

Market Report: RSA Insurance shines on bid speculation

Traders were bemoaning the lack of action in the market, with only RSA Insurance diverting attention away from the badminton in Beijing. The speculation of a bid for RSA Insurance Group at about the 190p-per-share mark, which had many in the City reaching for the salt, sent the shares up 4.12 per cent to 146.7p.

Market update - 7 August

The FTSE 100 was up 23.3 points at 5509.4 while the FTSE 250 was down 33.8 points at 9097.7 at 12.04pm. The mining sector continued to dominate the London benchmark’s leader board as investors made bets on a round of consolidation following Xstrata’s bid for Lonmin.

Market Report: Buffett and Halleys linked to M&S stakebuilding

Speculators focused on Marks & Spencer, the high street retailer which touched an intra-day high of 294.5p, up more than 5 per cent, or 14.5p.

Market update - 6 August

The FTSE 100 was down 4.1 points 5450.4 and the FTSE 250 was up 15.4 points at 9091.1 at 12:09 pm on Wednesday. Lonmin dominated the London benchmark, up almost 47 per cent or 1089p at 3408p, after Xstrata unveiled a £5bn offer for the platinum miner. Lonmin rebuffed the 3300p per share proposal – the South African group called the move “opportunistic and entirely unwelcome”. Market sources said the response was not unexpected.

Market Report: Debenhams shares spike amid takeover talk

Debenhams advanced by more than 14 per cent, or 6.25p, to 49.75p yesterday after a string of rumours and a round of buying across the sector forced short sellers to call off their bets.

Market update - 5 August

The FTSE 100 was up 96.8 points at 5417 and the FTSE 250 309.8 points at 9097.4 at 11.58am today. Michael Page was monopolising the market’s attention this morning, up 33.84 per cent or 89.75p at 355p.

Daily Mail group hit by classified ads slowdown

The media group Daily Mail & General Trust suffered another sharp fall in advertising sales over the past three months, as the UK's economic slowdown continued to hit its newspaper groups.

Market Report: Daily Mail group tipped as key recovery play

A vote of confidence from Collins Stewart boosted Daily Mail & General Trust, the newspaper publisher which gained more than 5 per cent, or 16.25p, to 331.5p.

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Market update - 2 July

The FTSE 100 was up 78.7 points at 5558.6 at 12.25pm today. The FTSE 250, however, was depressed by heavy losses in the housing sector and lost 100.8 points to 8820.

Market Report: Broker moots merger of Trinity and Johnston

Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press failed to draw any steam out of suggestions that they should merge yesterday as the London market, unsettled by fears for the economy, sank into the red.

Trinity warns on profits after slump in advertising

Trinity Mirror issued a profits warning yesterday and joined the growing list of newspaper groups struggling in the face of the straitened property market and worsening economic climate.

Confusion reigns over new short-selling rules as deadline nears

The Financial Services Authority's ambitious effort to stamp out abusive short-selling got off to a stuttering start yesterday when it emerged that several companies who revealed their holdings under the new rules were not required to do so.

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