Private security company G4S could axe 1,150 jobs at its UK cash business as it grapples with an increased shift to digital payments triggered by Britain's coronavirus lockdown.
* Shares down 3.5%
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British recruiter PageGroup said on Thursday it hoped a coronavirus-driven slump in hiring activity would soon taper off after it cut more staff in May and June to help it survive the industry's biggest crisis in a decade.
British bus and train operator FirstGroup warned on Wednesday it might not survive as a going concern after a collapse in passenger numbers led to a 153 million pounds ($192 million) loss in the year to March, sending its shares down 15%.
* FirstGroup still plans Greyhound sale despite setbacks
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Premier Inn owner Whitbread reported a 80% fall in first-quarter like-for-like UK sales on Tuesday noting improving demand for hotel rooms in tourist spots but subdued demand in London and elsewhere.
Cardboard maker DS Smith saw a surge in demand for boxes from e-commerce customers during the coronavirus lockdown as online shopping boomed, but the company said it was too soon to restart dividend payments, sending its shares down sharply.
* Shares fall 9%
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Royal Mail and its largest labour union have agreed to start talks to settle a long-running dispute over pay and operational changes, the former British postal monopoly said on Wednesday.
* Talks come after former CEO Rico Back resigned
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