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DSG International, the retailing group that owns Currys and PC World, is due to publish interim results on Thursday. It finished last week strongly with its shares spiking by nearly 21 per cent to 13p after analysts at Credit Suisse issued a positive update. The watchers, in something of a volte face, said that the group is likely to outperform the sector, adding: "In our view the market has overreacted to concerns about the group's sustainability in the medium term. After our long-term negative stance on the stock, we move to outperform with a target of 25p."

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Market update - 9 September

The FTSE 100 was up 53 points at 5499.3 while the FTSE 250 was down 9.4 points at 9260.6 at 12.10pm today. The London market was busy as traders attempted to make up for last night, when technical errors at the exchange kept them for transacting business for almost seven hours.

Market Report: Hopes of move by Halliburton boosts Expro

The UK-based oil services firm Expro International was the focus of bid talk yesterday after early rumours suggested that the American oil services giant Halliburton was about to unveil an offer for the company.

Market Report: AstraZeneca bid talk helps to lift Shire higher

Shire Pharmaceuticals was the focus of bid talk again yesterday. Last week, the company's share price gained almost 5 per cent after the market played host to rumours that Pfizer, the American drugs giant, was mulling a £13-per-share offer. Last night, the talk shifted to AstraZeneca, another drugs giant which has also been pegged as a likely bidder.

Chinese finally get their wedding photos

It had been a long wait, but hundreds of Chinese couples finally finished their wedding photos yesterday as a colourless episode from the past was finally closed in glorious fashion.

Government to face the flak as QinetiQ heads for £1bn float

QinetiQ, the partially privatised defence laboratory group, is being groomed for a £1bn-plus flotation later this year.

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