Ted Baker reported its first drop in annual profit since the 2008 financial crisis, highlighting tough conditions on Britain's high streets, as the fashion retailer faces life without its founder.
Britains's IQE Plc missed its own full-year core earnings forecast as weakness in the smartphone market hit demand for semiconductor components, prompting its chief executive to call 2018 "a very difficult and challenging year".
TP ICAP is putting extra broking staff into its European offices outside London to help clients deal with any disruptions if Britain exits the trading bloc without a deal.
* Spent 3 mln stg to be Brexit ready
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Provident Financial will not sell its troubled home credit unit as the subprime lender grows its banking business and stands its ground against a hostile takeover bid by smaller rival Non-Standard Finance, its CEO said.
* Reiterates NSF offer not in the interests of all
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The CEO of UK subprime lender Non-Standard Finance (NSF) said on Friday he was still confident the group's 1.3 billion pound hostile takeover bid for bigger rival Provident Financial would succeed but declined to say whether it would increase its offer.
* Canaccord analyst do not expect rival bid
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British building materials supplier SIG's cost-saving efforts helped it post a 25 percent jump in full-year profit, lifting its share price by 11 percent on Friday, although it warned sales could continue to fall in 2019.
* More job cuts in 2019; Reviewing options for air handling