(Reuters) -England's Manchester United and Italy's Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo's current and former teams, both suffered hefty financial losses for 2020-21 as the coronavirus crisis drained European soccer stadiums of fans.
TP ICAP, the world's largest inter-dealer broker, reported on Tuesday a 35% plunge in half-year profit as trading in its global broking and energy and commodities businesses tailed off from highs seen during the height of the pandemic.
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(Reuters) -Barratt Developments expects home completions to rise to pre-pandemic levels in its fiscal year to June, Britain's largest housebuilder said on Thursday, also flagging a 4-5% rise in construction costs in what is a vibrant property market.
(Reuters) -British recruitment agency Hays said on Thursday it will resume dividend payouts that it paused last year because of the pandemic, betting on a stronger than expected recovery in the job market.
Cigarette maker Philip Morris International (PMI) said on Wednesday shareholders holding 22.61% of Vectura shares had tendered their stock to the tobacco group as part of its deal to buy the asthma drug maker for 1.1 billion pounds ($1.51 billion).
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British mall operator Hammerson reported an improvement in adjusted earnings for the first half compared with a crisis-hit 2020, but warned on Thursday that footfall was yet to rebound to levels seen before the pandemic.
(Reuters) -British building materials supplier Travis Perkins raised its profit expectations, as pent-up demand after pandemic disruptions last year leads a strong rebound in the market, but it still took a cautious stance due to virus uncertainties.