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Debenhams: Investors cautious on Ashley plan

This morning Mike Ashley's Sports direct unveiled the surprise purchase of a 4.63% stake in Debenhams, costing about £50m.

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Tullow soars on Statoil bid talk

The FTSE 100 rose sharply on Friday, despite some downbeat jobs data from the US.

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Video: Next Week in the Market 13th - 17th Jan 2014

Next week's reporting highlights include Aberdeen Asset Management, Associated British Foods and Tullow Oil.

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Morrison and Tesco sees Christmas slump

The FTSE 100 traded flat following a gloomy trading statement from Tesco, with Wm Morrison issuing a profit warning. M&S rallied despite weak clothes sales.

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Ian Sackfield joins as Managing Director, Investment Management Services (Branches)

We would like to announce the appointment of Ian Sackfield as Managing Director, Investment Management Services (Branches).

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Senior Investment Manager joins the Leeds team

Our Leeds office has bolstered its investment management team with a new hire, Martin Tyson.

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Food saves Marks & Spencer’s Christmas

Clothing sales at high street stalwart Marks & Spencer (M&S) have fallen for a third year in a row, as the group slashed prices in the run up to Christmas, but food sales were strong.

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Banks and airlines buck retail gloom

The FTSE 100 moved off a two-month high on Wednesday, as a better-than-expected trading update from supermarket J Sainsbury failed to impress

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Sainsbury’s growth slowdown reflects the sector’s woes

Christmas trading at J Sainsbury was better than the market had expected, but the figures still represented a significant slowdown in growth from the previous three months.

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Supermarkets hit by Aldi and Lidl

Discount grocers Aldi and Lidl said they both enjoyed record trading at Christmas, putting pressure on major supermarkets

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Miners slump as RSA Insurance soars

Marks & Spencer shares slid as worries mounted over the group’s Christmas trading update l and RSA shares soared following reports that no further write downs were expected at its Irish business.

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2014 could be another bumper dividend year

Research published by data analysis group Markit indicated that dividends from UK blue-chip and mid-cap companies were expected to increase 4.5% in 2014 to £72.4bn.

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Next update sparks retail rally

Shares in retailer Next rallied strongly after the company issued an exceptionally strong Christmas update, with results “significantly” beyond its own expectations.

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Timetable: Retail updates to dominate January

Next was a Christmas winner and Debenhams was a festive loser. These two lists of yuletide cheer and woe will grow significantly over the next few weeks.

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